Much like the canceled Christmas extravaganza it was named for, the Trailer of Lights food truck event that was to be held at Seaholm Power Plant on the 18th is no longer happening. Apparently the organizers went through the venue with the health and fire code folks and the red tape proved too much to overcome in the time before the event was to take place.
It should be noted that the organizers are the same people behind the some-might-call-it-a-clusterfuck that was the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival. So what's standing in the way of Austin and a well-run, awesome food truck festival? Well, this time it's the man, apparently.
One of them, Tiffany Harelik of the Trailer Food Diaries, released this official statement:
We are cancelling [sic] the Trailer of Lights of event, unofrtunately [sic] because of existing contradictions in policy between our fire code and health department that the event cannot sustain. While this may look like a hassle of red tape, ultimately, once we all know and understand the playing field, these are the regulations that will set our city up for success within the mobile food vending industry.
We'd be curious to know what codes, exactly, were being violated, and whether they had anything to do with the recent changes to city policy. We've reached out for comment and will update you if/when we hear anything.