Friday, June 2, 2023


Update on SXSW Music Festival, vintage (food) trailers in Austin

Each March, Austin, Texas, rocks with its immensely popular South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival. This Hill Country bicycle mecca continues to keep its reputation as “The Live Music Capital of the World” with more bands performing per-square-inch than any other place in the known universe.

Save money by registering early … click here for details.

More than 2,000 bands and solo musicians from around the globe are perform in over 90 venues across Austin. In addition to all the music there are more than 250 films screening in the SXSW Film Festival.

With all these famous people in town, one might easily overlook three funky vintage trailers that have been converted into popular eateries.

‘Hey Cupcake’ Airstream

Red Velvet cupcakes – “The Best.”  (Julianne G. Crane)

If you love fresh, delicious cupcakes … a must stop in Austin, Texas, is “Hey Cupcake!,” a sweet roadside stand located in an Airstream trailer at 1511 So. Congress Ave.

After catching a glimpse of the silver Airstream, I pulled over and did some critical research.

When I asked for “something traditional,” a gracious young man recommended the Red Velvet cupcake (red velvet cake, cream cheese top for $3). “It’s what we’re famous for,” he smiled.

An excellent choice, the Red Velvet is over-the-top, mouth-wateringly yummy. There are four other ‘Hey Cupcake’ locations in Austin and they all serve nine lip-smacking cup cakes.

‘Ms P’s Electric Cock’ – Spartan

Ms P’s Spartan dazzles Austin’s music crowd. (Julianne G. Crane)

Just a couple blocks toward downtown and the Capitol Building at 1101 So. Congress is a gorgeous Spartan, home of Ms P’s Electric Cock.

“Ms P has been perfecting her fried chicken for years and has always wondered why there aren’t any REALLY GOOD FRIED CHICKEN places in Austin,” states the Website. “Her friends and family have always said “you should open up your own fried chicken joint.” So she rigged a food trailer and is serving the best Fried Chicken in the ATX.”

Ms P’s is open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. till the chicken runs out, around 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday  11 a.m. till midnight; Sunday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Information: 512.912-7778

 ‘Flip Happy Crepes’ Avion

Flip Happy’s Avion serves delicious crepes. (Julianne G. Crane)

A vintage Avion trailer sits at the corner of 300 Jessie St. and 1400 Butler Rd.

 Flip Happy Crepes  specializes in hand-made crepes in a festive outdoor setting in South Austin, just a short walk from Barton Springs Road and So. Lamar Blvd.

Serving delicious hand-made savory crepes, sweet crepes, and Saturday and Sunday breakfast crepes. They also specialize in fresh French pressed coffee and provide other assorted beverages.

Open September-June — Wednesday- Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Call: 512.552-9034

Right next door to the Flip Happy is the historic and endangered Pecan Grove RV Park near the heartbeat of Austin.

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Julianne G. Crane

Photos by Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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