Full disclosure: I was invited to this event on behalf of Porter Novelli.
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Brooklyn Brewery Mash's Dinner on the Farm event. It was rainy, chilly, and very uncharacteristic weather for Austin, but the good food definitely made up for it and the bonfire kept us warm.
As we all know, my camera situation is dire. Please forgive the shoddy iPhone 4S pictures.
According to the website, the Brooklyn Brewery Mash is "America's largest traveling food and arts festival. The Mash is a week of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage in 12 American and European cities."
Food was provided by Odd Duck (one of my favorite new restaurants in town!) with bites from Blackbird Bakery and Yeti Custard, plus more deliciousness from Cuvee Coffee, Treaty Oak Distilling Co and Liber and Co and cool leather goods from Stowe Provisions.
Did I mention the Brooklyn Brewery beers? They were all pretty fantastic: Brooklyn Beers
1/2 Ale, Winter Ale, AMA Bionda, Post Road Pumpkin Ale, Lager
Waterloo gin might also be my new favorite.
Hayrides took visitors on a tour of the farm. From livestock to crops, the Simmons Family Farm is a family owned and operated farm located just outside Austin. The farm produces both livestock and vegetables on its 131 acres.
Our dinner, cooked by Odd Duck, was actually made using produce from the farm! Here's the amazing menu... Passed Appetizers: Coddled quail egg, smoked trout roe, shiso.
Stone crab salad, seafood crackling, green papaya and Meyer lemon Dinner: Turkey steamship: shishito and giblet gravy, mushroom. Texas boil: Yukon potatoes, sweet corn, fermented chilies.
Simmons Farm Greens: swiss chard, spinach, lightly charred, vinaigrette. Grilled broccoli, cabbage, Texas apples, radish, aerated scrambled eggs. Jalapeno and cheddar cornbread: Richardson corn meal, fresh masa, house cultured butter Dessert: Sweet potato pie: gingered crust, sweet potato marshmallow.
The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour is going through major cities and celebrating everything that makes those cities great! Since urban farming is so important to Austin culture, the Simmons Family Farm was the perfect place to kick off the week of fun events.
There are still tons of events happening in Austin this week, you won't want to miss this! And if you're not in Austin, check the website to see when the tour is coming to you.