Austin's original beef-centric live-fire cooking event features the best sizzling proteins and abundant wine, beer, and spirits tastings. Stay tuned for updates on Live Fire! 2020.
Since founding our organization in 2011, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance (AFWA) has strived to provide stellar experiences for guests, vendors, and chefs during all of our events. Unfortunately, the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the subsequent cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW) has strained Austin’s culinary community and highlighted concerns about staging large-scale events. To be mindful of attendee health and respectful of chef and vendor resources, we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Live Fire!, originally scheduled for April 2.
All tickets purchased for the event will be refunded in full through EZTix on the original card used. After assessing our options, we will announce a new date for Live Fire! as soon as possible. In the meantime, we urge attendees to support businesses affected by the cancellation and help locals directly through the resources below.
SOUTHERN SMOKE FOUNDATION
The Southern Smoke Foundation is administering a fund that directly benefits the Austin culinary community. Select “Austin Relief Fund” to help provide swift support to individuals and businesses suffering a loss of income by SXSW’s cancellation. Should workers contract the coronavirus, funds will also provide emergency aid to those unable to remain on the job. Members of the culinary community that need immediate help — including restaurant industry workers or owners, food truck operators, farmers and ranchers, brewery workers, suppliers, and equipment providers — can apply for support here. Funds are allocated between 48-72 hours.
BANDING TOGETHER ATX
Donations provide financial relief to artists, venues, and workers within the Red River Cultural District
The Eleanor at 307 West Fifth Street will open March 12 to March 22 to employ bartenders and support staff affected by SXSW’s cancellation. Half of all sales will be donated to the Austin chapter of the United States Bartender Guild and AFWA. In addition, The Eleanor will be hosting Nashville bartenders whose home bars suffered damage during recent tornados. On those evenings, a portion of sales will be donated to the Nashville chapter of USBG.
Funds raised will be used to accommodate for lost tip money that would have been earned during SXSW.
STAND WITH AUSTIN FUND
Funds support nonprofits assisting the individuals and small businesses most negatively impacted by the cancellation of SXSW and least able to recover on their own.
Proceeds benefit Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s culinary grant program.
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