Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gypsy Picnic and 400 Pit Bull Parade

It was a busy weekend. Saturday Corey, Roni and I went to the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival at Auditorium Shores. We got there about 30 minutes after it opened and the lines were pretty short. Within an hour the place was jammed with lines snaking all over the place. I heard that most vendors ran out of food around 3. This is the first time Austin has put on the festival, celebrating the trailer food culture that is such a part of the city. All the food was $5 or less, usually in sample sizes so that you could try a lot. I bet next year it's a two day event in a bigger venue.

Love the name of this hot dog stand.

At Mmmpanadas I had green chile and chicken empanada that was amazing! I heard the soy chorizo and brie was good too, but they were temporarily out of it when I got to the front of the line. At 86 This, Corey had a rolled brisket and cheesy mashed potato sandwich that he gave a thumbs up. At  Conscious Cravings I tried a chimichurri seitan wrap that was yummy. Corey had a Mariachi (pulled beef and cheddar cheese) arepa from Kronic Krave Arepas. An arepa is a cornbread-South-American version of a pita pocket with fillings. He really wanted the Don Pablo (pulled chicken, kronic sauce, feta and sweet plantains) but there was a 30-minute wait for more. I was too full to try the pickled apple and double cream brie sandwich from Jalopy, but my friend Aubrey (AKA Lacy Bones of the Holy Rollers) said it was like an orgasm on a bun.

Check out the cool artwork on the Jalopy truck and the sandwich slide.

For dessert, we headed over to Holy Cacao (get it?) for cake balls. Caaaaaaake Baaaaaalls. Mmmm. We tried the Brass Balls (peanut butter cookie dough covered in chocolate) and the Rabbit Balls (carrot cake covered in white chocolate).

The holy cow on the Holy Cacao truck.

How cute are these triplets in their wagons???

Even the music was great. English Teeth were on stage while we were there. I would definitely check them out if you see them playing around town.

Sunday was Pit Bull Awareness Day and put on a parade through downtown and festival in Republic Square Park with the guys from Rescue Ink and Pit Boss. The day started with what was to be a Parade of 100 Pit Bulls, but I heard it was estimated between 350 and 600. It was amazing to be a part of it. There were so many smiling, squishy faced, wiggly-butt dogs and their owners all getting along and having a good time. Here's to responsible dog owners and down with breed specific legislation!

Roni "relaxing" on Corey's lap in the park after the parade.
Awesome shirt I got at the festival.

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