Nothing says a movement's gained permanent acceptance quite like a festival -- for instance, after the first Hanukkah, there was no doubt that "lights" were here to stay. And Jews. Announcing food trucks as a similarly permanent fixture, the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival, coming November 6.
From mobile-eating multimedia masters Trailer Food Diaries and ACL honchos C3, Gypsy's a free-entry, daylong affair involving 35 vendors storming Auditorium Shores with $3 sample plates in an all-out battle for culinary supremacy, judged by a slew of bloggers, chefs, and radio personalities, whose chewing will offer Austin a brief respite from hilarious prank calls. The eats will be arranged geographically throughout the park, with much love shown to the kickstarting South Austin scene via mainstays like Torchy's and Mighty Cone, as well as newcomers like Moroccan burger outpost The Flying Carpet, the Louisiana flavors of Kate's Southern Comfort, and shish-kebabing Pick Up Stixx, as opposed to Pick Up Sixx, because the Mötley Crue bassist is too jaded to fall for "Did it hurt when you fell from Heaven?" Downtown represents with late-night vendors such as The Best Wurst, Korean/Mexican mash-ups Chi'Lantro BBQ, and artisan french-friers Friedkot, while the Eastside struts its stuff with architecturally influenced ice cream sandwichery Cool Haus and fried poultry doused in syrup via Lucky J's Chicken and Waffles, who answer the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or your cardiologist advising you to get your affairs in order
Not to forgot the trailers that travel far and wide, they're also hosting rovers like Southern/Asian fusionistas Peached Tortilla and Mmmpanadas; just be careful not to over-sample, or you won't be going anywhere for at least 8 days.