Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival

By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 10.22.112
The Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival gets a second chance to make a first impression today (Oct. 22) at Auditorium Shores from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Last year’s picnic was hurt by the very thing that made trailers popular in the first place: small-scale, handcrafted food isn’t designed to fly out the windows at a fast-food pace.
The upside: Admission is free, and lists 36 trailers. That’s about six more than last year's list. Fewer than half of those participated last year. I spoke to one trailer vendor who decided not to participate this year, and that vendor said the Gypsy Picnic required too many employees and three points of sale. You can have as many registers as you like; there’s only one kitchen.
The downside: There’s no on-site parking, and you’ll be fighting with half a dozen other downtown events for spaces.
The sideways side: Dogs are allowed, encouraged even. Whether that’s a plus or minus depends on your tolerance for dogs. For me, dogs and food don’t mix for two reasons: No. 1 and No. 2.
Here’s a list of vendors from the website. Each vendor is required to have at least one dish for $3 on the menu. It’s cash-only, but there’ll be ATMs on-site. You can bring bottled water. You can buy beer. Good luck.
Vendors: Bananarchy, Be More Pacific, Blenders and Bowls, Chi’Lantro, Colibri Cuisine, Conscious Cravings, Coolhaus, East Side King, 86 This, FireFly Pies, Fresh Off the Truck, Gourdough’s, Hey Cupcake, Hog Wild BBQ, Holy Cacao, Irie Bean, the Jalopy, JuJu’s Kaboose, Kebabalicious, La Fantabulous, Lee’s Hurricane Party, MamboBerry, Man Bites Dog, Mmmpanadas, the Peached Tortilla, Rockin’ Rolls, Sabor Colombiano, Short Bus Subs, Snarky’s Moo Bawk Oink, Spartan Pizza, Tenderland, Torchy’s Tacos, Trey’s Cuisine, Verts, Zubikhouse.

(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)