Weekend Planner

Austin Weekend Planner: Mezcal and Chocolate

By Megan Giller  |  October 17, 2013

This weekend is one of indulgences. From Mediterranean food galore to celebrations of chocolate to sips of mezcal to bratwurst from Dai Due, we can tell you're going to enjoy the next few days.

Friday and Saturday

Mediterranean Festival
Hummus, baklava, folk dancing and more await you at Austin’s longest-established ethnic food and music festival (this is its 81st year!). Also look forward to beer and wine, kids’ activities and an Orthodox bazaar. (St. Elias East Orthodox, 408 E. 11th St.; $5; noon-11 PM)


Happy Hour at Bella Vista Ranch
The Wimberley-area ranch has been growing and pressing olives for olive oil since 2001, and it’s hosting a happy hour on Friday to celebrate the 2013 harvest. They’ll have appetizers and wine, and you can watch the olive press in action. (3101 Mt. Sharp Rd., Wimberley; $35; 4:30 PM)


Chocolate Lovers Festival 
Head to Lexington (about an hour outside Austin) for a day of delectables, starting with a chocolate pancake breakfast at 9 AM. There will be baking contests and eating contests (chocolate-covered bugs, anyone?), plus samples and chocolate for sale. And hey, if you really want to make it a good day, stop by Snow’s Barbecue beforehand for some of the best barbecue in Texas. (Downtown Lexington, starts 9 AM)

Austin Beer Feast
Think craft beers and food trucks at the Triangle. The price of admission gets you a tasting glass and 12 beer samples. (Flying Saucer, 815 W. 47th St.; $30 advance, $65 VIP; 1-7 PM)


Austin Mezcal Festival  
Celebrate tequila’s smokier cousin at the second annual Austin Mezcal Festival at Takoba. There will be over 20 varietals of mezcal as well as specially crafted agave cocktails, mezcal-inspired food and mezcal-making demos. Plus, live cumbia music. ($30, 1411 E. Seventh St.; 2-7 PM)

Oktoberfest at Real Ale 
Real Ale is partnering with Dai Due to bring you one amazing Oktoberfest. In addition to the six beers on tap, the food menu is sure to please: options include a pork bratwurst sandwich with sauerkraut and Firemans #4 mustard as well as apple cider braised pork belly with pickled apples, bitter greens and sweet potato dumplings. (231 San Saba Ct. Blanco; $30; 2-6 PM)