SouthBites adds Quesoff to SXSW food lineup

For six years, South by Southwest has amped up its food offerings through SouthBites, a pop-up food trailer park the features both local favorites and food trucks that come in from other cities.

People line up for free squishees at the Simpson’s Kwik-E-Mart Truck at SouthBites during the 2015 SXSW outside the Austin Convention Center. SouthBites Food Trailer Park will return from March 9 to 17 at 604 Driskill Street. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

This year’s SouthBites will return from March 9 to 17, where anyone — even non-attendees — can enjoy food from vendors such as Four Brothers, DFG Noodles, Bodhi Viet Veggie Cuisine, OneTaco and Ranch Hand.

In collaboration with Sprudge, SXSW will also set up a Roasters Village March 10 and 12 to highlight the growing tea and coffee industry. Also new this year is the SouthBites Market from March 14 to 17, featuring food and beverage vendors, including Suga’s Cakery, Thunder Beast, Raaka Chocolate, BrainJuice, Steel City Pops, On the Rocks Gourmet Jams and Woops! Bakeshop.

The popular queso competition called Quesoff, which usually takes place in the summer, will host a SXSW edition this year on March 13. Contributed by Jessica Alexander

But perhaps the most exciting news for both visitors and locals is that Adi Anand’s annual Quesoff, which usually takes places in the summer, will have a special SXSW edition from 2 to 4 p.m. March 13. In partnership with Washington State Wine and Hot Luck Fest, the event will allow queso-loving teams to showcase their best dips, but Anand says it won’t be a competition this time around.