A SMOKIN’ TIME

BAR­BE­CUE MASTER AARON FRAN LIN IS CU­RAT­ING THE NEW HOT LUCK FES­TI­VAL—AND WE CAN’T WAIT!

Austin Way - - CONTENTS - BY TOM THORN­TON

Bar­be­cue master Aaron Franklin is cu­rat­ing the new Hot Luck Fes­ti­val—and we can’t wait!

James Beard award-win­ner Aaron Franklin isn’t one to ruin a good thing—there’s a rea­son that Franklin Bar­be­cue has never ex­panded. So March’s an­nounce­ment of the new Hot Luck food fes­ti­val May 18–21 at var­i­ous venues by Franklin, Feast Port­land co-founder Mike The­lin, and The Mo­hawk’s James Moody got our at­ten­tion. Over a morn­ing espresso, Franklin told us what to ex­pect. Friends and food: “Moody called this the best or­ga­nized tail­gate party you’ve ever been to. All the chefs were per­son­ally in­vited by me. We’re not look­ing for some­body with a TV show-—we’re look­ing for the best tal­ent, and the guy who does the best chicken wings.” In­ti­mate in­spi­ra­tion:

“Our Fri­day event, the Hi-Lo, is about core in­flu­ences. Mine is my grand­mother’s pot roast-— that’s what got me into cook­ing brisket.” Dress­ing down: “This is su­per laid back. It’s the anti-food fes­ti­val food fes­ti­val, be­cause all are wel­come. The chefs will hand you your food. By na­ture, it should feel like Austin.” Into the night: “The idea for af­ter-shows came from [Moody’s] Fun Fun Fun Fest. We wanted peo­ple to get a wrist­band for com­ing, then use that to go out later for par­ties. There’s rock, coun­try, and lots in between.” hotluck­fest.com

Aaron Franklin (IƧSET) is one of three founders of the new Hot Luck Fes­ti­val, which bills it­self as the anti-food food fes­ti­val.

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