The Alamo Drafthouse's MondoCon bills itself as a celebration of "movies, art, comics, music, toys and food." The geekfest at Marchesa Hall and Theater on September 20-21 isn't kidding about the food part, either. The festival will host four food trucks, including some of Austin's best barbecue from Micklethwait Craft Meats, and cultishly loved brewery Dogfish Head created an exclusive beer.
In addition to Micklethwait, popular Austin restaurants Frank and Juiceland will pull up trucks to the event, as will truck mini-empire The Peached Tortilla. Expect themed specials from the food trucks, as well as cocktails by Drafthouse beverage director Bill Norris. Dogfish Head will unveil their Mondo Beer, an "English Old Ale" brewed in their oak tanks created especially for the festival. Passes are on sale for $70 for both days, or $35 for a day pass. The full press release is below.
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MONDOCON TAPS INTO AUSTIN'S BEST EATS WITH FOOD TRUCK PARTNERS & EXCLUSIVE BEVERAGES FOR THE CONVENTION
An exclusive Dogfish Head beer, special food menus & themed cocktails are just some of the tasty treats in store for attendees
Austin, TX—September 8, 2014— Amazing food and drink options are just some of the ways MondoCon is seeking to offer a unique convention experience. Four local food trucks – Frank, JuiceLand, Micklethwait and The Peached Tortilla – will be on hand in the parking lot to offer delicious Austin cuisine to attendees throughout the weekend and a full service bar will be available inside with themed cocktails and a special Dogfish Head brew. The two-day convention takes place on September 20 & 21 during the first weekend of Fantastic Fest at The Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX.
"When trying to craft our ideal convention, one of the things at the top of the list was to improve upon the food options. Austin is a food town as much as it is a film and music town and we're eager to bring that experience to MondoCon. We've handpicked some of the city's greatest food trucks to ensure that the dining experience will be as memorable as the panels and screenings themselves. We're also excited to offer a full service bar in an effort to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere where you'll want to hang out and have a beer or cocktail," said Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael.
Creativity is the theme of the convention and the food and beverage partners have risen to the challenge to offer some incredible new flavors to their menus. Additionally, the bar will offer several themed cocktails from Alamo Drafthouse's Beverage Director Bill Norris.
Dogfish Head, the official beer vendor, is brewing a special "Mondo Beer" exclusively for the convention. "Mondo Beer" is an English Old Ale that has been aged in Dogfish Head's one-of-a-kind giant oak tanks at their brewery in Milton, DE. The oak-aging process shares a connection with Texas for its oak tree and the artists of MondoCon who use pulp and paper as the medium for their great works of art. The custom made logo, designed by artist Tyler Stout, can be downloaded here.
JuiceLand has concocted an exclusive smoothie called "Espresso Greens" – named after the popular poster collecting forum ExpressoBeans.com. The ingredients are banana, cherry, coffee (kohana cold brew), cacao, dates, spinach and almond milk. A photo of the special smootie, available only at MondCon, can be found here.
Frank has designed a complete custom menu for their food truck at MondoCon featuring delicious new sausages themed to comics creators and artist guests of the convention. The first five selections below will also be available at Frank's restaurant on 407 Colorado Street from September 15 – 20.
Bryan Lee O'Malley Scott Pilgrim Sex Bob-ombs
Bacon and Pimento stuffed, Panko fried Cherry Peppers..."make you think about death and get sad and stuff." order of 4
Mike Mignola Hell Boy Nacho Fries
Waffle fries dressed with spicy Habanero-Jack Queso, Cayenne-dusted Bacon bits and spicy Tobacco Onions w/ Cholula Sour Cream
Bernie Wrightson Swamp Salad
Veggie Apple Sage, Seaweed Salad, Miso Aioli & shaved Bonito
Val Mayerik Waaaugh! Dog
Duck and pork sausage topped with Gruyere cheese, Habanero-Mango Aioli & Fried Shallots
William Stout Tarman
Hudson's Old Timer Sausage w/ Creamy Garlic "Brains", Balsamic Tar reduction & Zombie Soil
Alex Pardee Bunnywith (Available at MondoCon ONLY. Limited Run)
Rabbit Sausage w/ Fig-Habanero Bacon Mostarda, Goat Cheese & Dr. Doppelgänger BBQ sauce
See below for cuisine descriptions of the four food truck partners at MondoCon.
Frank is a Chicago hot doggery with a focus on Luxurious Sausage & Waffle Fries. Located downtown Austin, Texas at 4th & Colorado, Frank slings dogs, sausage & waffle fries as well as Craft Beer, Hand Made Cocktails, Espresso Drinks & Spiffy Milk Shakes.
Since the summer of 2001, we've served superfood smoothies and fresh juices from a little stone cottage on Barton Springs Rd. A merry team of creative friends and family help harmonize 10 Austin locations plus one in Brooklyn, and we'd like to invite you to visit us soon - JuiceLand loves making your drinks come true!
Central Texas BBQ served up in East Austin specializing in award-winning beef ribs, house-made desserts and bread, world famous jalapeño cheese grits, a rotating cast of fresh-made sausage and of course brisket, pork ribs, puled pork and much more! As seen on Jimmy Kimmel.
The Peached Tortilla
The Peached Tortilla is an award-winning Austin catering company and food truck that specializes in Southern & Asian influenced cuisine. The company has garnered national attention for its food from Food & Wine Magazine, Live! With Kelly & Michael and The Cooking Channel. The Peached Tortilla is set to open its first brick and mortar location in Fall of 2014 on Burnet Rd.
Mondo is creating a convention unlike any other, bringing together unique guests from a variety of areas to celebrate film, music, art, and toys with the world's finest artists, designers, toy creators as well as filmmakers, composers and more. Panels and screenings will take place in the theater and the exhibition hall will host booths for individual artists and companies featuring artwork and products for sale. The exhibition hall will also offer a unique chance for fans to interact with creators in an intimate environment. To see the previously announced lineup of panels & film screenings visit Mondo-Con.com.
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