Thursday, October 20, 2011

Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival in Austin

Torchy's Tacos attracts large crowds in Austin
Street food has gone mainstream in Austin. So it’s no surprise that the proliferation of tantalizing trailer options has spawned a funky festival. If you’d like to sample a uniquely Austin event, head to Auditorium Shores for the second annual Gypsy Picnic on Saturday, October 22, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Around 40 local vendors will provide samples of their delish dishes for $3 (admission to the Picnic is free). Participants include trailer staples such as Torchy’s Tacos (unexpected fillings like green chili pork, fried avocado, brisket, and fried chicken), Gourdough’s Big Fat Donuts (no need to say more!), Short Bus Subs, Mamo Berry, Kebabalicious, Spartan Pizza, and Hey Cupcake (yummy flavors with plenty of gooey icing).

Classic Southern comfort food
Love a little competition? The Gypsy Picnic Cook-off promises to be a rousing event with winners in categories including Best Taco, Best on a Bun, Best Vegetarian, Best Ethnic, Best Deinks, and Best Desserts.

Payment for the food nomads is strictly cash and carry. If you only have plastic, use the ATMs conveniently located on the grounds. Once your appetite is sated, stay for the music. Stage areas are set up where a variety of local musical groups will entertain festival goers.

Colorful trailers catch hungry diners' attention
The Official Gypsy Picnic Map can help you plan your gastronomical strategy as well as figure out the best way to get to Auditorium Shores. Located in central downtown, Auditorium Shores is easy to access. However, there is no on-site parking at the Gypsy Picnic, but there are multiple parking garages available within walking distance for fees of $5-$8. Check the website for specific locations. Even better, ride your bike or walk from the trail around Lady Bird Lake.

Dogs and kids are welcome. Be sure to keep pooches on a leash and scoop the poop. Kiddos will enjoy story time, face painting, an interactive chalkboard, and sideshow acts throughout the park. Mom and dad can watch cooking demonstrations and learn tricks for sustainable living from the picnic’s partner, Sustainable Food Center. Come and enjoy the plethora of portable fare offered by dozens of Austin entrepreneurs.
Read more about Austin's food trailers at  Use area code 73102 to access the story.

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