What happens to Austin Food & Wine Festival if it rains?

That question will be on some people’s minds as they head down to Auditorium Shores for the first full day of the fifth edition of the Austin Food & Wine Festival Saturday morning. Humidity and wind prevailed this morning,  along with a 30 percent chance of rain and a chance of thunderstorms after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.  Of course, this is Texas, and if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes because it will likely change.

The daytime activities take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Auditorium Shores, and the festival will work in close coordination with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to monitor weather conditions, according to a festival rep.  Last year’s festival was cancelled before it began due to heavy rains early in the week.

Josh Neises, with Lonesome Dove, flips lamb chops at the Austin Food and Wine Festival on Auditorium Shores on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

“We also have an on-site weather monitoring station that provides real-time updates on conditions.  Austin Food + Wine Festival is a rain or shine event, and we will take all necessary precautions to ensure the welfare and safety of our patrons, purveyors and staff,” the festival said in a statement. “All safety decisions are made by a team of representatives from C3, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Austin’s emergency services departments.  In the event of dangerous weather or site evacuation, AFW will notify all patrons via social media and the website austinfoodandwinefestival.com.

That chance of precipitation will ramp up to 60 percent by tonight, which will be mostly cloudy with a low around 57, according to our Taylor Goldstein, and showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7 p.m., with showers and thunderstorms likely mainly between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The Rock Your Taco event takes place at Fair Market tonight, and while the event space in East Austin does offer some covered areas, the same weather procedures from the daytime festivities apply to the evening events.

The good news: Sunday is supposed to have a high of 77 and be mostly clear, so as long as there is no standing water, it should be lovely tomorrow.



Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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