Austin’s Hot Luck Fest Announces New Event Featuring Aaron Franklin


Hot Luck Festival announced today a new event, MUNCHIES & Friends featuring Aaron Franklin and Matty Matheson, that will “unofficially” kick off the festival on Wednesday, May 23. Additionally, the fest is thrilled to announce the addition of founder Aaron Franklin to the Coupe de Grille lineup. Aaron joins a star-studded roster that includes Chris Shepherd, Kevin Fink, and Michael Fojtasek for Hot Luck’s brunch event on Sunday, May 27, at Austin Speed Shop.

“The Munchies dinner is also going to be a great time. I’ll be honest, just follow Matty Matheson on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean — putting Aaron Franklin and him together is like biscuits and gravy,” said James Moody, co-founder of Hot Luck. 

The MUNCHIES & Friends: Matty Matheson X Cholula Hot Sauce tour will become the unofficial kick off of Hot Luck with a dinner at Contigo on Wednesday, May 23. Aaron Franklin, Matty Matheson, and Contigo Executive Chef Andrew Wiseheart will be pulling the barbecue pit over to the East Austin restaurant’s parking lot for brisket and ranch-inspired fare. Tickets can be purchased {HERE}.

‘Show Snacks,’ the Hot Luck fan favorite of 2017, returns this year, as well. Collaborations include DJ Questlove with Top Chef Season 10 winner Kristen Kish; Elias Cairo from Olympia Provisions creating a tribute to Hot Snakes; and local favorite Kebabalicious bringing in American Lamb Board-curated bites for Twin Peaks. Returning Hot Luck partner Tillamook will also be popping in with surprises at select music events.

“The idea of Show Snacks was a fun experiment last year, and people fell in love with the idea, so we are excited to bring it back in a big way.” said Moody.

A portion of the proceeds from Hot Luck will benefit the SAFE Alliance. SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence.

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