By Joshua Avelar
The first annual Gypsy Picnic at Austin’s Auditorium shores went smoothly. The event showcasing Austin’s most famous and original food trailers came during a brisk Saturday afternoon and lasted throughout the chilly November night. Fittingly, the last two hours of the festival made ample desert time, as most of the trailers had already ran out of food. There’s nothing like warm, delicious sweets to end a cool evening.
The first place I visited to please my sweet tooth was Bananarchy, a South Austin trailer usually located on 600 S. Lamar by a scooter shop. Bananarchy offers frozen bananas dipped in chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla or vegan chocolate and topped with your choice of topping, ranging from nuts to graham crackers to cinnamon. I opted for crushed Oreos and they did not disappoint! The combination of the cold banana with the warm chocolate made for a great experience, with the Oreo crumbs making it a completely satisfying treat. This run-in with Bananarchy made me vow to come visit their trailer again sometime soon during regular business hours. They offer either whole or half bananas, with the halves making more manageable on-the-go snacks.
While I was waiting in line at Bananarchy, some friends of mine made a visit to Holy Cacao, usually located in the South First Street trailer park next to Torchy’s Tacos. Holy Cacao offers a variety of good chocolate treats like s’mores hot chocolate. One of my friends opted for the Diablo Cake Ball, chocolate cake mixed with cayenne cream cheese frosting, dipped in dark chocolate and then topped with walnuts and cayenne pepper.
My night at the Gypsy Picnic ended with a delicious fresh doughnut from Gourdough’s, a doughnut trailer usually located on 1219 S Lamar by 8th Street. The dish I tried from the trailer was the Cherry Bomb, a fresh doughnut covered in cherry sauce, cinnamon, sugar and a cake-mix topping. Gourdough’s is no place for an after-dinner sweets fix. The treats they offer are definitely fit for a whole meal and will definitely fill you up.
Overall I had a great time at the Gypsy picnic and I would like to go again some day. I discovered new favorites in Austin and enjoyed the clear, cool night with a nice view of the Austin skyline. I look forward to seeing this festival grow in popularity in the coming years as its inaugural event was such a huge success.