This year the world’s first of its kind taco festival, created right here in Arizona, is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Since 2009, every year taco enthusiasts from far and near travel to part in the Arizona Taco FestivalFor two days straight, it’s nothing but tacos, and who doesn’t like tacos? From ‘Taco Tuesdays’ to the long lines at Taco Bell, it’s safe to say that tacos have surpassed hot dogs as America’s favorite pastime food.
In recent years the event has grown so much that they had to move it to a new, bigger location for the 10th anniversary. This year’s Taco Festival, taking place on October 12-13 will be hosted at WestWorld of Scottsdale from 11-7 pm. Festival goers this year can look forward to $3 tacos featured from over 50 different restaurants! Tacos from all walks of life will be featured–even vegan tacos. Vendors will also have the chance to compete for $10,000 and the title of ‘best taco in the Grand Canyon State’ in the taco competition.
Of course no taco fest would be complete without heavy amounts of alcohol. This year’s festival will also include themed party bars serving Don Julio Premium Margaritas, Estrella Jalisco, and various craft beers. Plus, don’t miss the Tequila Expo featuring over 100 different tequilas to try–just be sure to load up your stomach with plenty of tacos to sop up all the agave.
Along with the usual taco eating contests and the Ay! Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, new this year to spice up the party is the Hot Sauce expo featuring more than 100 different hot sauces to try and buy. You’re almost guaranteed to give yourself heartburn with all the hot sauces but just wash it down at the tequila tent and power through.
Other major highlights include: lucha libre bar–which is exactly what it sounds like, a wrestling arena inside a giant tent with bars; live music featuring bands and DJ Sean Derek from Boogie Down Bronx; the Taco Society Culture tent where you can take the perfect picture of your tacos for the Gram; the hot chili pepper eating contest, for those who enjoy getting their stomach pumped; and the Tacos People’s Choice Voting. Taco ’bout a can’t miss event!
When: Saturday & Sunday October 12-13
Where: 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Tickets: Available exclusively online