2/21/2013 01:55:00 PM

Weekend Planner: Austin Specialty Beer and Cakes to Show You Who's Boss

As usual, our city is busy. From barbecue to beer and cakes to cook-offs, here's what Austin has to offer this weekend.

Let Us Eat Cake
This Saturday and Sunday, famous cake artists from the Food Network’s Last Cake Standing and confectionary students alike are descending on the North Austin Events Center for the 2013 That Takes the Cake! Sugar Art Show and Competition. The theme is “Cake to the Air — All Clear for Cake-Off,” and we can only imagine the amazing rocket ship and Amelia Earhart–themed cakes. The master classes are sold out, but there are demonstrations and regular classes for all skill levels. Plus, kids under 18 are free, and general admission buys you an opportunity to peruse the pretty cakes as well as hang out in the demo area (Saturday and Sunday; $10 per day or $18 for the weekend; 10601 N. Lamar Blvd.; Sat. 10:30-6, Sun. 9-5).

On Tap
Come one, come all to the 2013 Austin Specialty Beer Festival at Fiesta Gardens, where you’ll find over 80 craft brews as well as food trailers like the Peached Tortilla and Kebabalicious. Since we’re in Austin, there will of course be live music. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin area (Saturday; $30 online, $40 at the gate; Fiesta Gardens; noon–10).

Hot Dog!
Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden is putting its gated dog park area to good use at the Austin Dog Rescue “meet your match” meet and greet this Saturday. You and your new pup can share a sausage Lady and the Tramp–style (Saturday; 79 Rainey St.; 2-4 PM).

Live Fire
On Sunday head to the Salt Lick for the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas’ Cowboys and Gauchos event. Restaurants like Jack Allen’s Kitchen and El Chile will be cooking local meats (think goat from Windy Hill Farms, pork belly from Texas Meat Purveyors and South Texas Nilgai Antelope from Broken Arrow Ranch) on the live fire. There will be plenty of wine and prizes to go around too (Sunday; $65, $50 for members; Salt Lick; noon-4:00)

Slow Cooker Cook-Off
The grassroots organization Slow Cooking in a Fast-Food World is having a different kind of cook-off on Sunday: Drop off your healthy slow-cooker entries to their competition, and stay around to taste the other concoctions and hopefully win a prize. Benefits proceed the program, which provides menu planning services and slow cookers to families in need (suggested donation is $5 for adults, $3 for kids or a slow cooker; Ascension Lutheran Church, 1 PM).


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