For the first time in its seven-year history, Quesoff at the Mohawk will be cancelled due to inclement weather. High winds and rain are already causing damage around town, and early this morning, Quesoff judge Aaron Franklin’s namesake restaurant caught on fire when a wind-blown ember started an accidental blaze. Quesoff organizers are considering whether they will reschedule for a later date.
“After many discussions and a detailed assessment, we are going to cancel the 2017 Quesoff. The safety of the teams who worked so hard on their concoctions, the Mohawk staff and our partners, and of course, all the queso fans is our number one concern at the moment,” Quesoff co-founder Adi Anand said. “We held out hope that excited Austinites would still be able to compete and attend the event, and delayed our decision as long as we could, but with the continued threat of severe weather for the rest of the afternoon, and a warning from city officials to stay off of the roads for non-essential travel, the only choice was to cancel. We will explore dates for a possible reschedule. We appreciate your patience and recommend making an online donation to Central Texas Food Bank. And enjoying some queso with an ice cold Lone Star Beer to celebrate this great State. Most of all, please stay safe.”