Hungry SXSW’ers braved the rain Saturday afternoon for some trailer food treats at the third annual Foodspotting Trailer Food festival, where some of Austin’s best names in the food truck scene gathered to represent Austin’s growing reputation as the city for the best trailer food. The Foodspotting app is handy for finding great food near you wherever you are- just load up the app to see user-uploaded photos of dishes at restaurants (or trailers!) closest to you. During SXSW, users can load up the app and discover golden tickets to win prizes ranging from a free t-shirt to a pair of Southwest plane tickets.
The fest’s surprise guest was revealed to be competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi, who is best known for his six world hot dog eating championship titles, but also holds Guinness records for devouring meatballs, pizza, pasta, and hamburgers in a matter of minutes. After stopping to take a few photos with fans, he made his way around the circle of trailers to sample a dish from each one. It isn’t often that so many amazing food trucks are together in one spot (aside from the Gypsy Picnic) so I took advantage of the opportunity.
A few trailers seemed to have at least one veggie-friendly option. The Peached Tortilla’s veggie szechuan taco came stuffed with fried tofu and a rainbow of veggies, including stir-fried Japanese eggplant, red peppers, pickled daikon, carrots, and a sprinkling of cilantro. The sweet potato fries with sriracha mayo were a crowd favorite, and the huge portion was definitely worth the $3 price tag. The brightly-colored fries reminded me of something else delicious and orange: the carrot cake cupcake from one of the first Austin food trailers, Hey Cupcake! If I had Kobayashi’s stomach, I might have eaten one of those too.
Hankering for more trailer food at SXSW? All week, Squarespace is giving away free food from more of Austin’s best trailers, including Top Chef winner Paul Qui’s East Side King. Check out the schedule here.