3/08/2013 12:55:00 PM

A Mini-Guide to SXSW Without the Badge

A SXSW crowd at Jo's, photo courtesy Flickr user jeffbalke
Don’t have a badge to SXSW? Don’t despair. The festival has extended to basically every venue in Austin, which means free food for all. The Austin American-Statesman’s Addie Broyles has counted all of the ways to join in on the food fun.

For those brave enough to go downtown, there’s Paul Qui’s SouthBites trailer park, featuring the East Side King truck with a new menu as well as Austin trailers like Cazamance and the Seedling Truck and out-of-towners like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams from Ohio and popupdownunder from (you guessed it) Australia.

For those who like progressive dinners, there’s the ATX Food Crawl, sponsored by Food for People and A Taste of Koko blog. Aida Mollenkamp from the Food Network will attend, as will other local celebs and entrepreneurs. Meet at the Long Center at noon on Saturday, March 9, to try restaurants like Kenichi, Delish Bakery, Liberty Tavern and Max’s Wine Dive.

And for those who like one-of-a-kind experience, there’s the never-ending spate of pop-up dinners and special events, like Immaculate Infatuation’s Smoke and Denim dinner at Foreign & Domestic on Monday, March 11 (ticket price unlisted); the Covers: A Culinary Tribute dinner by graffEATS, Noise Pop and Do415 on Monday, March 11, and Tuesday, March 12 ($100); and the Halfcircle Eleven pop-up at Donn’s Depot on Wednesday, March 13, and Thursday, March 14 ($50). Whether you have to enter a contest, tweet to the chefs or just shell out a bit of cash, these events are tricky to attend.

And, of course, there are dozens (and by dozens we mean hundreds) of other events happening around town too. Happy SXSW!

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