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costumes. It runs around d the same time as the Food and Wine festival which showcases the city’s wineries.
Twice a year in May and September, Sixth Street hosts the Pecan Street Festivals, featuring the talents of f artisans from all over the he US with all manner of arts and craftwork. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the autumn version of SXSW and is held over two weekends in Zilker Park in early October. This one attracts big-name bands from all around the world. Last year Radiohead, Willie Nelson and Mumford and Sons were there. IF MOTOR RACING is more your thing Austin has the only Formula One racetrack in the US, the Circuit of the Americas. The United States Grand Prix is held at the back end of the F1 season. DISCOVER your royal links with a trip to Warwick Castle this month. Visitors get discounts on the Anc Ancestry website to trace th their family tree – and see i if they are related to the p powerful 15th5th century Earl o of Warwick,, Richard STREETST FOOD is an Austin speciality so visitors sh should get stuck into the various mobile re restaurants. There are about 1,000 food trucks in th the city and some of them are known for specific re recipes. A favourite is Torchy’s Tacos, a trailer on So South First Street. The Via 313 Pizzeria truck in Ra Rainey Street and East Sixth Street feeds clubbers w with Detroit-style deep-pan pizzas.
Probably the most trendy of all the eateries started life as a food truckuck but is now housed in a permanent ent building, although it cannot possibly accommodate all of its customers. Franklins on 11th Street serves barbecued pulled pork, ribs, brisket etc, and opens at lunchtime only. SOME SIT-DOWN restaurants have live music too, especially Neville, who was known as the kingmaker. Between February 18 and 26, the top Midlands attraction also has a kids’ tour, birds of prey displays and a trip down into the spooky dungeon – for those who dare. the legendary Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on Red River Street which offers grilled smoked meats on rectangular tin plates and visiting bands. THE DRISKILL in Brazos Street is a historic hotel that dates back to the days of the Wild West. Built in the 1880s by a wealthy cattleman who went on to lose it in a game of poker, it is a tourist attraction in itself. President Lyndon Baines Johnson used it as a campaign centre. Doubles from £ £142, driskill.hyatt.com. FOR VIEWS over Lady Bird Lake and the Au Austin skyline, Hotel Van Zandt is the pla place. It is a smart, modern hotel but ta taps into Austin’s free spirited style. Plus, it is handy for the bars and food trucks of nearby Rainey Street. Doubles cost fro from £197, hotelvanzandt.com. SeeSe austintexas.org for information. are planning our first ski holiday but are worried we might get bored doing the same thing every day. HEAD to La Plagne in the French Alps, where there will be no danger of you getting bored. It has one of the few Olympic bobsleigh tracks open to the public. So if you get sick of the hundreds of miles of slopes – which you shouldn’t – its super-fast run will get your heart pumping. There’s also helicopter tours, mountain biking, kayaking and whitewater rafting. You can grab a week there for £719 with Neilson on April 8 on a club board basis, which gives you breakfast, lunch and four evening meals. Go to neilson.co.uk for full details and to book. Headspace Androis and iOS Free with in app purchases
STATE CAPITOL: Congress Avenue ROCKING: Band at a Rainey Street bar GREAT WESTERN: The Driskill hotel PORKER: At Franklins BBQ RIDE ON: Texas Ranger statue at State Capitol FILL YER BOOTS: Austin is big on independent shops WINNING FORMULA: Circuit of the Americas