The Quesoff, Austin’s biggest queso celebration, returns on August 26 at the Mohawk, 912 Red River. From 2 to 5 p.m., more than 30 local business and competitive cooking teams will compete with their best cheese dips.
Last year’s reining winners, Frank, will face entries from teams including Chicon, Bullfight, LeRoy and Lewis, Burro Cheese Kitchen, Kesos Taco House, JuiceLand, Freebirds World Burrito, Mama Fu’s Asian House, BuzzFeed Austin, Red Mango, Vegan Nom, Willigan’s Island, Project ATX6, Pop That Chalupa, The Shady Grove, Javelina Bar and Waterloo Ice House.
The judges are James Beard winner Aaron Franklin, Austin Food & Wine Alliance’s executive director Mariam Parker, Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam, Mike Thelin of Feast Portland and Hot Luck, Austin Food & Wine Festival director Shelley Phillips and Wendy Cummings of SXSW. Mayor Steve Adler will be on hand to proclaim Quesoff Day in the capital of queso.
At this seventh annual event, entry is free with a donation of two canned goods or a $2 donation per person, and the proceeds benefit the Central Texas Food Bank. Note that bags of chips will be available for purchase for $5, and you cannot bring your own.
Organizer Adi Anand says that for the first time this year, they’ll also have a Say Queso photo-booth as well as the mariacheese band Mariachi Relámpago, along with returning resident DJ Johnny Hottub.