Fun Food Friday: A Taste of SXSW with #Southbites

There’s something for nearly everyone at the 2015 SXSW Festival. My primary draw is SXSports and its wide variety of athletic- and fitness-related panels, speakers, and presentations. Did you know about SXstyle and SX Health and MedTech Expo, both new this year?

It wouldn’t be Austin, however, without some type of food connection (does anyone in town actually eat at home any more?). Thus, there’s SouthBites (#Southbites). Running from Saturday March 14 through Monday March 16 as part of the Interactive festival, this segment focuses on “community innovators, through the lens of food.”

Some SouthBites Sessions with a Uniquely Austin Link

Entrepreneurship, Food Systems and the Circular EconomyDustin Fedako (The Compost Pedallers), Michael Hanan (Ten Acre Organics), Jack Caedel (Hopper, Inc)

Both Ten Acre Organics and Hopper, Inc. partipated in The University of Texas’ recent Food Labs Challenge. The Compost Pedallers work locally, collecting food waste (what founder Fedako calls “scrapple”) by bicycle for composting.

Check out my past Fab Foods for Friday post on 2/20/2015 about UT's Food Lab Challenge.
Check out my past Fab Foods for Friday post on 2/20/2015 about UT’s Food Lab Challenge.

Small Farms Can Feed Lots of People: A How-ToAndrew Smiley (Sustainable Food Center), Nathan Heath (Phoenix Farms), Robyn Metcalf (UT Food Lab), Sam Hellman-Mass (Odd Duck)

The eatery Odd Duck, from the creators of Barley Swine, uses Texas’ seasons as inspiration for its menu, tying in nicely with the SFC’s mission to strengthen Austin’s community through healthy food.

Grocery Wars: The Future of Buying FoodAddie Broyles (Austin American-Statesman), Phil Lempert (Supermarket Guru)

One of the local paper’s best columnists, food writer Addie Broyles teams up with industry analyst Phil Lempert to discuss what’s in store from the future’s grocery markets.

How Tech Lit The Flame For Celebrity Chef CultureAaron Franklin (Franklin Barbeque), Andrew Knowlton (Bon Appetit), Keela Robison (Urban Spoon), Monica Pope (Sparrow Bar & Cookshop)

Lining up for Franklin’s Barbecue has become a destination event for area visitors. Franklin is, however, not Austin’s only celebrity chef….

The Liberty on E. 6th Street has been our fav spot to grab some East Side Kings.
The Liberty on E. 6th Street has been our fav spot to grab some East Side King yummies.

Life’s a (Dinner) Party: Channeling Culinary CreativityPaul Qui (Qui/East Side King), Darin Bresnitz (Snacky Tunes), QuestLove (The Roots)

Top Chef winner Paul Qui has transformed Austin’s culinary scene with his East Side King trailers, top-end restaurant Uchiko, and new venture qui (1600 E. 6th).

This is but a sampling of the SXSW #Southbites offerings to be found at the Driskill Hotel and Austin Convention Center; visit to view the full schedule. These events are open to those with a 2015 SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge.

Share Your Meal with #ATXfoodcrawl

Don’t have a badge but want in on the food fun? Take part in the 3rd Annual ATX Food Crawl (#ATXfoodcrawl). More than 20 local restaurants and food trucks are participating in this Instagram-based scavenger hunt running from March 14–18.ATX FOOD CRAWL_zpsxym47q7g

“Over 30,000 people fly into SXSW, and most of them are new to Austin. There’s a ton of restaurants in downtown Austin, and the ATX Food Crawl has narrowed down the best spots during SXSW,” said Jane Ko, editor of the food blog A Taste of Koko.

Simply share pictures of your meals from participating restaurants and food trucks on Instagram with the hashtag #ATXfoodcrawl to be eligible for prizes, such as a pair of weekend passes to the Austin Food + Wine Festival in April and gift cards from a variety of restaurants. In the process, you may find some new stars in Austin’s food scene.

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Published by Leah Nyfeler

I'm a writer, editor, runner, and adventurer who is always looking for the next new story, exciting adventure, and good meal/book/movie. My focus is on helping people find their best, healthiest self through sharing what I know and how I've come to learn it. In addition to my blog "Enjoying the Journey: Observations on the Fit Life" at, my articles have appeared in a variety of print and online magazines. You can hear me as part of the 2015 Austin cast of Listen To Your Mother.

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