We like that the Gypsy Picnic team, headed up by Tiffany Harelik, the Sara Jessica Parker of Austin's food trailer scene, has come up with a plan of attack to prevent the disaster that was last year's party from recurring.
We discussed the lynch mob mentality that attendees felt during the festival here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/index.cfm/2011/10/1
and we're glad to see the organizers are taking the problems they experienced last year seriously.
To wit: Firstly, the event space has been enlarged to accommodate the massive 20,000 plus people that will descend on Auditorium Shores.
Secondly, the 40 vendors will be better spread across the site to allow folks to be able to determine exactly which line they're standing in.
One of our favorite things to do is walk down a line at SXSW and inquire as to who's playing inside. Most people have no idea. They see a line-they get in the line. Simple as that. They just enjoy the simple pleasure of standing in a line.
Back to the Gypsy Picnic.
Each trailer will have 4 cashiers and 8 workers. This is mandated by the organizers who got their asses handed to them by the online food community in Austin last year.
This could turn out to be a pretty good party. Since all the advertising we've seen has relentlessly insisted that everyone bring their dogs and strollers, please be aware that if you don't have a dog or a stroller you may want to get one before Saturday.
We're not certain but this may be a condition of being allowed entrance to the party.
No kid. No dog.
You ain't coming in.
Everybody have fun and please report back.