Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Three Glorious Words: Tucson. Taco. Festival.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:02 PM


The Tucson Taco Festival is coming in April.

I know this is a bit early notice, but I think this will be a big hit, so you may want to your tickets soon.

Modeled after the Arizona Taco Festival, the event should prove to be tons of fun — not to mention all that good food to sample. There will be tacos for sale for a mere $2.00, plus salsa, guacamole and more. Cooking demos, Luche Libre wrestling, kooky cooking contests, a Kid Zone and live music are also part of the mix.

The main event is the “Grand Champion Taco” contest, where 30 professional and amateur taco teams will vie for a grand prize of $5,000. Forty judges from the National Taco Association will be sequestered to ensure fairness and professionalism. Tacos can be made using beef, pork, chicken or seafood. Stay tuned for the list of contestants.

At the Tequila Expo another, more potent contest will take place at the same venue that day: The Margarita Challenge Mix-Off.

Here celebrity judges will choose the best tequila cocktail from those created by ten local bartenders. Fair goers can get in on the fun as more than 100 tequilas by thirty makers will be poured.

This fun foodie event was created by David Tyde and Rick Phillips of Affordable Food Festivals, LLC. And indeed this is a most affordable event. It’s only $10.00 to get in the gate. Kids under 12 are free. (FYI, there will also be a VIP tent with catered food and a $100 entry fee.) Buy your tickets on-line at

The Tucson Taco Festival will take place on Saturday April 28th from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 pm, at Rillito Downs (1st Avenue at River Road.)

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