3/22/2013 03:56:00 PM

Austin Weekend Planner: Sausages, Gumbo and Jam

Photo by Casey Woods
Even though the hubbub of SXSW is over (thank goodness), the city’s still bustling this weekend. Enjoy the perfect spring weather at outdoor community events, or just hang out at Zilker Park to take in the trees and the breeze. Here’s what’s on the table for Saturday and Sunday.

All Weekend 

South Texas Polka and Sausage Fest 
Polka accompanied by local sausage, chicken noodle soup, fried chicken and a short road trip? Enough said. (Knights of Columbus Hall, Halletsville, $8) 


Saturday 

Fais Do-Do Gumbo Cook-Off
Rain Lily Farm and Farmhouse Delivery are hosting their first gumbo cook-off with tastings, free local beer and bloody Mary’s, and screenprinting on the scene. Contestants will compete in seafood, sausage, chicken and wild game categories. (Rain Lily Farm, 914 Shady Lane, 12 -4; $15 to sample entries, $35 to enter competition) 

Sunday 

Jammin Preservationists - the First Foodies of Texas
Join the owner of Confituras Jams and Jellies, Stephanie McClenny, as she talks with Chronicle food writer and food historian MM Pack about food preservation in Texas, namely McClenny’s expertise with jams and jellies. We’re in it for the free samples of her pear jam, but we’re hoping the award-winning summer fig makes an early appearance. (Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel; 2 PM; free for members, $10 for nonmembers)

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