Trailer Food Tuesdays are back for the summer!
The 26th annual Feast of Sharing was held on Tuesday evening at the Palmer Events Center. Organized by Texas grocer H-E-B, free Thanksgiving dinners were served to an estimated 14,000 Central Texans. Over 1000 volunteers—including many H-E-B employees—helped with various tasks such as food prep, serving, drink distribution, and children’s activities.
The downtown Trader Joe’s is now open for business. Part of the huge Seaholm Power Plant development project, this new grocery store sits directly behind the old power plant building. There are some metering parking spaces just outside the main entrance on Third Street, and additional paid parking is available in an underground garage.
Now that the Austin episode has aired, I can finally tell you about when The Great Food Truck Race was in town. This story starts on a Friday morning back in May, when I noticed an unusual assortment of vehicles parked on the Congress Avenue Bridge. I snapped a picture and promptly went back to whatever I was doing.
The Gelato World Tour stopped in nearby Republic Square Park this weekend. This event was sponsored by the Carpigiani Gelato University in Sigep, Italy. Their mission is “to spread the culture of Italian gelato, a fresh, artisan food product, to the general public throughout the world.” After sampling gelato for the past three days, I can say that I heartily approve of this mission.
Fortunately, the weather was perfect for Taste of Texas, the opening outdoor event for the Austin Food & Wine Festival. Attendees visited a fenced-in Republic Square Park from 7-9:30 PM, sampling dishes prepared by over 20 chefs (mostly from Texas) and listen to music by Whiskey Shivers and Delta Spirit.