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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Austin Barkitecture and Gypsy Picnic on Nov. 6th!

There are two  fun dog friendly events going on this weekend.  While I'll won't be able to make either, you can have some fun for me. Make sure you keep your dogs on leash. 


Barkitecture 2010

Join us for a great, free family-friendly event! The silent auctions for 27 one of a kind designer dog houses begin at noon (see schedule below) so come early to check them out and place your bids. Free parking will be available in the City Hall parking garage until 5pm.

Noon-4:00pm Dog House Silent Auction
1:00pm-2:00pm PhotoBooth by Annie Ray
2:30pm   Fashound Show
4:30pm Awards ceremony at Design Within Reach
4:00pm -6:00pm Barkitecture after-party at Design Within Reach

If you plan to participate in the silent auction, please read the following information:
  • Bid sheets will be placed next to the dog houses.  There will also be a silent auction table outside the Lofty Dog store with Lofty Dog, Planet Dog, and 2nd Street gift baskets, photo shoots by Nicole Mlakar-Livingston, dog toys from Doggles, and more!
  • All opening bids begin at $250 and are increased in $50 increments.
  • The auction closes at exactly 4pm.  The highest bidder wins.
  • Winners can come to the information booth in the City Hall block to pay by cash, check, or PayPal.  
  • Winners not in attendance will by notified by phone by 4:30pm and payment can be made via PayPal.
  • It is the responsibility of the buyer and builder of the dog house to coordinate pick-up and delivery of the dog house. All houses must be removed no later than 6pm.
Can't come to the event but would like to make a contribution? Proceeds from the event and donations go to Animal Lovers of Austin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that will distribute funds to Blue Dog Rescue, Austin Pets Alive, Austin Dog Rescue, and Wee Rescue.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need volunteers to help before and during the event.  There are three shifts available (9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm, and 3pm-5pm).  If you're interested, please call Veronique at 512.476.5050.


More Than 30 Trailers Announced for Inaugural Event

Austin isn’t just the “Capital of Live Music” anymore…we’re also the capital of Trailer Food. Paying tribute to the culinary craze that’s been tickling taste-buds all over the country, C3 Presents is rolling out over 30 of Austin’s finest mobile meal makers for the first-ever Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival at Auditorium Shores on November 6. A fun–and funky–celebration of our thriving street food scene, this one-day event will gather the cream of the trailer crop in one convenient location, allowing attendees to easily sample from dozens of vendors instead of having to trek all around town. In addition to excellent eats, Gypsy Picnic will be serving up tasty tunes all day from the music stage with a showcase of local music.  Best of all, admission to the event is free to the public. 

Not only will our rambling restaurants reach thousands of hungry new customers, they’ll also have the chance to compete for belly-pleasing bragging rights in the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Cook-off.  A panel of expert judges has been pulled together to conduct blind tastings to select the very best bites in a variety of categories, and the public will get their chance to weigh in with an overall Fan Favorite.

Down at the Gypsy Picnic even the pickiest palate will find something to savor with fast fare from all over the world.  From gourmet cheeseburgers and Texas Czech to Asian Fusion, Moroccan, Mexican and everything in between, the Gypsy Picnic features a diverse array of fine food.  Picnic gourmands will find local legends like Torchy’s Tacos, The Mighty Cone, Chi’Lantro BBQ, and The Best Wurst, in addition to food scene up-and-comers like The Flying Carpet and The Peached Tortilla.  One thing’s for sure: no matter what windows people end up ordering at, they’re going to go home impressed.

Since the Gypsy Picnic is all about connecting communities, family, and friends to food and fun, our website helps take that experience a few steps further.  At, food-lovers can select the trailers they want to try out, see how many other people have selected that vendor and share “menus" with their Facebook friends.

Here’s the full list of Gypsy Picnic food vendors, including trailers and trucks from every area of Austin:

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 Chi'Lantro BBQ
 Colibri Cuisine
 Conscious Cravings
 Cutie Pies
 Elixer Coffee
 Gourdough's - Big Fat Donuts
 Hat Creek Burger Co.
 Holy Cacao
 Izzoz Tacos
 Juan Pelota Coffee Truck
 Kate's Southern Comfort
 Kronic Krave Arepas
 Man Bites Dog
 Patika Coffee
 Pick up Stixx
 Royito's Hot Sauce Streamer
 Short Bus Subs  
 The Best Wurst
 The Flying Carpet
 The Jalopy: Rotisserie and Press
 the Mighty Cone
 the peached tortilla
 The ZubikHouse
 Torchy's Tacos
 Turf  N Surf Po’ Boy

For the latest news as the event approaches, stay tuned to