If you follow me on twitter, you’d know that I was playing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra this past weekend. No, I wasn’t running around with an electric violin, though that would have been highly amusing (have I ever mentioned just how klutzy I am?). TSO hires local string players that play back on the left side of the stage for each of their shows on tour. There is a lot of fire on that stage, which can be kind of nerve-wracking while holding extremely expensive pieces of wood!
I think most people associate music with Austin since it’s considered to be the live music capitol of the world. It’s also quite the foodie scene with tons of local restaurants and cafes serving up pretty much every type of cuisine imaginable while appeasing meat-eaters to macrobiotics. This environment has become a breeding ground for food trucks, which are absolutely booming right now. To give you an idea of just how popular they are in Austin, here is a list of the food trucks here in San Antonio (population: ~1.3 million), and here is a list of those in Austin (population: ~800,000).
So far, I’ve hit up Hey Cupcake!, Torchy’s Tacos, Holy Cacao, La Boîte Cafe, Lulu B’s Vietnamese, and Gourdough’s (okay, so this was brought back to me). Not bad for someone who doesn’t eat out much or live in Austin!
Anyway, yesterday the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival took place, and you bet I went! 30 of Austin’s most popular food trucks were chosen to be set up in a big circle around Auditorium Shores, plus there was live music going on (of course!). This is the first time this has ever taken place, so the place was a ZOO. I’m not sure that they had any idea just how many people would show up, but the lines were all super long, and I know some of the trailers were having a hard time keeping up with the demand. Still, it was a really cool event!