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Plate & Vine News - 24 and Counting - Sunday Fair

24 and Counting - Sunday Fair (The Austin Chronicle - Apr 16, 2009)

Sunday Fair

Sunday, April 19 – $45, or $30 for designated drivers

Sunday Fair is always the most accessible and family-friendly event in the festival lineup. After several years on the banks of the San Gabriel River in Georgetown, the fair has returned to the scenic grounds at the Salt Lick Vineyards near Driftwood. (Be aware that the Old Settler's Music Festival takes place in the same immediate neighborhood along the same winding, two-lane road this weekend – plan driving time accordingly.) Guests at the fair can observe cooking demonstrations provided by top Texas chefs, sample craft-brewed beers and artisan Texas food products, and taste the best vintages from more than 50 participating wineries, all while enjoying the musical talents of artists Patrice Pike, Drew Smith, Dan Dyer, and Adam Ahrens.
 
One booth of particular interest will be that of the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, which will showcase its fascinating and user-friendly interactive cookbook, Plate & Vine. The Web-based recipe collection was developed by Austin's Keeper Collection (www.keepercollection.com) and offers users the opportunity to search recipes by chef, menu category, ingredient, or degree of difficulty, complete with photos demonstrating preparation techniques. In addition, the software features drink and beverage pairing suggestions, the ability to scale recipes according to the number of servings needed and provide matching menus and place cards, and even send a handy, detailed shopping list to the user's PDA. Plate & Vine interactive cookbook currently features almost 100 recipes created by some of Texas' best chefs, with more coming online periodically throughout the year. Three Austin chefs with recipes in the collection will be on hand to demonstrate their work. Chef Justin Raiford of 34th Street Cafe, chef Jason Donoho of FINO, and Fête Accompli chef/owner Quincy Erickson will be cooking up a storm in the foundation's booth, giving fairgoers the rare chance to sample dishes made from a cookbook's recipes before actually buying the book. In order to make that investment even more attractive, the foundation is offering festival guests the opportunity to join the organization for half off the annual fee of $50 and to purchase Plate & Vine for the reduced members' price of $20 until the end of April. For more info about joining the foundation or buying the cookbook, call 327-7555 or see www.winefoodfoundation.org.