The coolest spots to hit up

The coolest spots to hit up

SXSW is back… and so is all the glorious festival food.

On March 9th, South by Southwest, one of the country’s biggest music, film, (and LBH) food festivals officially kicks off. There will be an impressive lineup of chefs and culinary personalities giving presentations, leading panel discussions, and doling out delicious eats.

Attending this year’s festivities? We’ve rounded up six of the most exciting food-and-drink experiences that you won’t want to miss:

SouthBites Trailer Park_photo via SXSW

SXSW bao buns_photo via SXSW

SouthBites Trailer Park
Returning for the sixth year in a row, this expansive area celebrates Austin’s iconic food truck culture—and will feature a slew of trailers serving nearly every cuisine imaginable, from noodles and lobster to empanadas and ice cream.


Cheese lovers are in for a special treat on March 13th. Top Austin restaurants will bring their queso A-game to the SouthBites Trailer Park for cheesy goodness at its finest. Nine eateries will compete to find out which one has the best ooey, gooey cheesiness in town.

SXSW lobster_photo via SXSW

Westworld Saloon
Just outside of Austin (at a not-yet-disclosed location), guests can get their whiskey on at the Mariposa Saloon of HBO’s Westworld. The immersive experience will take participants to a recreated version of Sweetwater, the show’s fictional theme park, where they can join in series re-enactments. Advanced registration already filled up, but more spots will open once the festival begins, Food & Wine reports.

Roasters Village
Featuring ten different stalls, Roasters Village will be the go-to destination for coffee aficionados. The installation will showcase different varieties of coffee an tea, feature a German micro-brewery, and even an “automated coffee kiosk,” that is basically a robot serving your drinks.

Roasters Village_photo via SXSW

SXSW BBQ_photo via SXSW

José Andrés Panel
This year’s James Beard humanitarian of the year, José Andrés will be stopping by SXSW to join a panel featuring TV personality Andrew Zimmern and former Food & Wine editor, Dana Cowin. No doubt this fascinating trio will fan host a truly dynamic discussion.

Communal Dining Art Installation
A new art installation, called “Feast,” by Caitlin Pickall will be on display during the festival, at the JW Marriot. The interactive installation features different animated experiences “related to the cultivation, preparation, and consumption of food,” according to a statement from SXSW.

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