Calling all the predators, the meat carnival comes to Austin

Austin (KXAN) – This Friday and Saturday, 20 chefs from around the world will come together to serve Central Texas deli meats at the Meat Carnival. This festival celebrates anything to do with meat – though they offer vegetarian substitutes – and encourages guests to “go primal” by ditching cutlery and eating with their hands.

The Meat Carnival was kicked off by two Israeli chefs, Gili Ben Shahar and Ohad Kviti, and will take place this weekend for the first time in Austin and Texas. According to Mikayla Springer, an event planner working on the carnival, the event took place at four other locations in the US.

“(Ben Shahar and Kweety) wanted to create an atmosphere where they could interact with their guests (and) could form intimate bonds. Because for them, cooking for people is a way to show love,” Springer said.

The event will feature chefs from all over the world, including Israel, Portugal, Chile, New York, California and Texas. The two Texas chefs cooking at the event are Andy Knudson, chef at the Camp Lucy luxury resort in Dripping Springs, and Aaron Alterman, a popular social media chef from Austin with almost 600,000 followers on TikTok.

“(Chefs) everyone calls it a jam session. For example, when a group gets together and jams, that’s what they do here. They’re all going to create the most magical things they can do,” Springer said.

The festival offers all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink beer and wine, live music, live demonstrations with the opportunity to interact with the chefs, and transportation to the event from the Austin Hotel. The event starts at 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, tickets cost $225 per person.

“There is a lot to eat, see and drink here,” Springer said.

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