This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Austin City Limits music festival in Texas. Most people went for the three days of music – 8 stages and 130 bands. This is mostly why I went. However, outside of seeing Vampire Weekend, David Byrne, Gnarls Barkley and Robert Plant among many others – I was there for the food. Now you might be saying, what kind of chow could an event like that possibly have that rises above a funnel cake, cotton candy or deep fried twinkie? However, I knew going in that this was going to be a different scene – I had read that all of the food would be local and “quality.” Then I knew they meant business when I read: “No turkey legs.”
Over three days, I sampled food ranging from pulled pork sandwiches to tomato/mozzarella/pesto salads. Across the boards, the food was super tasty and run like no other big event I have ever been to.
A couple highlights:
The Chicken Cone – Definitely the best thing I ate at the festival. Here is the description: “Breaded in a mixture of almonds, sesame seeds, corn flakes, chile flakes and sugar, then fried and placed in a tortilla lined with a slaw that includes jalapeÃ±o and mango.” The chicken was crispy, but tender inside, and the spiciness of the crust mixed quite well with the sweetness of the slaw.
This treat was made by a restaurant called Hudson’s on the Bend, which is actually a fine dining restaurant in the Austin area. The booth:
Read more about the Austin City Limits food after the jump.
Pork Meatball Sub – A really well-done sandwich. The photo below does not do it justice, but the sub roll contained three tender, but not too juicy meatballs in a red sauce, which did not squish out of each end with every bite. So tasty â€“ the meat and sauce combining well together. Finally, the sub was topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese which was a nice touch considering I detest the fake stuff.
This was made by another top flight Austin restaurant called Vespaio. The booth:
Overall the music was great, and I am glad the food was rose to the same level â€“ it made for an excellent experience.