Food-o-File

Food, glorious food! We're anxious to try it. Trailer food and Oktoberfests, brunches and barbecue. Our favorite diet!

Talk about your action-packed Central Texas weekends: The Capitol hosts the Texas Book Festival, Auditorium Shores has the Gypsy Picnic, and locations all over Austin and the Hill Country are abuzz with Austin Film Festival, Oktoberfest, and Austin Beer Week festivities. There will be great food and drinks, fascinating books, and Austintatious music to be consumed everywhere – get out and enjoy it.

Trailer Food Diaries maven Tiffany Harelik and C3 Presents bring the Gypsy Picnic Food Trail­er Festival back to Auditorium Shores, Saturday, Oct. 22, 11am-8pm, with no admission fee. The family- and dog-friendly event offers a stellar lineup of Austin's mobile food vendors selling sample portions and competing for prizes in a cook-off, with our own Mick Vann as one of the celebrity judges. Live local music plays all day, and Harelik will sign copies of her newly published Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook – Austin Edition (self-published, $19.95), featuring recipes for many of Austin's most popular trailer dishes. See the complete trailer and band lineups at www.gypsypicnic.com.

There were so many Oktoberfest activities this weekend that we created a special place for them on our Food blog (austinchronicle.com/ontherange), so be sure to check that out when making your plans. This is also the beginning of Austin Beer Week, when the recent explosion of our local craft-brewing scene will be celebrated in many ways from Saturday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Oct. 30: parties, brewer meet and greets, and tasting events pairing beer with everything from fall dinner menus to cheese and from charcuterie to desserts. For an evolving calendar of events, go to www.austinbeerweek.com.

This would also be a great weekend to check out the new brunch menu at Haddingtons (601 W. Sixth) – now available 11am-4pm on both Saturdays and Sundays. Look for innovative egg dishes, hearty sandwiches, and a host of custom cocktails. And if you're out late, be sure to drop by Haddingtons' cozy sibling, mulberry (360 Nueces), where chef Jacob Weaver's locavore-inspired late-night menu is sure to entice.

Sports fans looking for a new Sunday spot to watch a game and relax will want to check out Sully's Side Bar from the folks at Sullivan's Steakhouse (300 Colorado). Starting at noon on Sundays, enjoy "funday" prices on tacos, plus $3 tap beer and $5 signature cocktails while watching games on seven big screens all day long.

Our South Austin scouts report seeing a trailer, a pit, and picnic tables on the lot at South First that is home to JMueller BBQ, but as yet, no one has reported actually tasting any meat. We've been told the new trailer passed inspection and the pit has been prepared, so we're looking forward to some of that wonderful brisket any day now. Check its Facebook page for hours.

Be sure to take the kids to the Sustainable Food Center's Downtown Farmers' Market this Saturday (9am-1pm), so they can start collecting stickers for their "Little Sprouts" passports. This program is designed to inspire kids to help grow, share, and prepare healthy local food, and we think that's a great idea.

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