Labor Day weekend food events in Austin

johoLick Honest Ice Creams will give ice cream lovers the first taste of their new ice cream sandwiches Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Métier (1805 S. First St.) at an event spotlighting Becker Elementary school’s organic and educational non-profit gardening program, the Becker Green Classroom. The ice cream sandwiches or two scoops of ice cream will be sold for $5 each, and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit the Green Classroom, which is providing one of the herbs for the one-off seasonal flavor sold Saturday. The event will also offer beverages from program co-sponsors Save the World Brewing Co. and Dublin Bottling Works and live jazz. The new ice cream sandwiches from Lick will be available in shops beginning Labor Day.

“The Becker Green Classroom is especially compelling to us because teaching kids how to grow and eat their own food is a gift they can carry into adulthood. It takes a community of people to raise healthy kids, and we want to contribute however possible,” event host and Métier Cook’s Supply co-owner Jessica Maher said.

Josephine House celebrates the holiday and Longhorn football with its second annual Labor Day Keg Party Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1609 Waterson Ave. The festivities include a menu of fried chicken, deviled eggs and sides, cool sweets from Gemelli Gelateria, beer from locals Live Oak Brewing Company, Blue Owl Brewing and  Austin Beerworks, yard games and the Longhorns-Notre Dame game on the big screen. Tickets are $65 and available at

Pig-centric gastropub the Salty Sow hosts a Labor Day Pignik on Labor Day. The event at the restaurant at 1917 Manor Rd. costs $25 per person and runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The menu includes a slow-roasted pig with sides and fixins for build-your-own tacos, along with $3 cans of beer from Live Oak Brewing Company. (

Tex-Mex burger joint El Sapo (1900 Manor Rd.) is going to the dogs on Labor Day. Their hosting a grill-out from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with $4 hot dog and fries, along with $3 Mexican canned beers,
$4 El Jimador shots, $4 Mezcal Mules, $4 Frito pies, and $5 margaritas de la casa. They’re also giving away complimentary red, white, and blue raspas (snow cones) and are making sure everyone knows the party is canine-friendly.

Why go to a party when you can bring the party to you. Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q recently rolled out its new online ordering system. Visit and place any size order at one of the four Central Texas location, head to the restaurant at the assigned time and you’ll be covered in sweet sauce in no time.



Author: Matthew Odam

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

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