AUSTIN (KXAN) - A new festival kicks off Tuesday in Austin called Truck by Truckwest.
It’s a chance to sample 65 food trailers around the city for $20.
Brian Erickson, a business consultant, dreamed up the idea after not only being a fan of the food trailers but realizing some trailers need to receive more public support in order to stay in business.
Last May he started contacting owners of food trucks asking if they wanted to take part in the festival and 65 jumped on board. Like John Galindo who opened up Mellizoz (formerly Izzoz) along South First Street back in 2008.
"We were right at the cusp of the whole food trailer explosion," said Galindo.
The trailer has a big following and it could get even bigger now that it's taking part in the first ever Truck by Truckwest.
"You take six days to cruise around the streets of Austin and show them your badge and then they give you whatever their specials are," said Brian Erickson, Producer of Truck by Truckwest.
That badge is $20 online and $30 at the Long Center where the event kicks off Tuesday evening.
John is making a full meal of corn chowder, tacos, and Mexican hot chocolate.
"So if you want to do the math and you are going to get a meal at each trailer - you are eating for less than three dollars a day and its breakfast, lunch, and dinner," said Galindo.
Next door, Gourdoughs will be giving out their new smashing pumpkin donut.
"Its pumpkin mouse with gingersnaps and then caramel with a little bit of sea salt," said Ryan Palmer, Co-owner Gourdoughs.
They hope that sweet concoction for the festival will get some new customers.
"It just kind of broadens everyone's horizons on what kind of trucks are out there right now," said Palmer.
The festival is also part competition.
Those eating the samples are asked to go online and vote for their favorite truck – the winner receives $10,000.
Trailer owners also receive a portion of the sales from tickets to cover their costs.
Truck by Truckwest runs October 29-November 3.
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