Valley restaurants will vie for $10,000 during the Seventh Annual Arizona Taco Festival Oct. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Salt River Fields. Attendees—30,000 are expected—are invited to dine on more than 100 types of tacos for $2 each.
National Taco Association judges will actually be evaluating the tacos in double-blind tests in a closed tent for anonymous scoring to determine the top tacos. Points are awarded and weighted for presentation, taste and texture. Cumulatively, scores lead to an overall Grand Champion as well as $1,000 prize checks presented both days.
In addition to tacos galore, guests can enjoy Lucha Libre wrestling and a now-legendary Tequila Expo on Saturday featuring more than 30 brands and live surf and salsa bands on the main stage. Contests for prettiest Chihuahua, hot chile-pepper-eating and taco-eating round out the fun. In addition, the little ones can enjoy a super kids zone.
General admission tickets are $12 online; $15 at the gate; kids 12 and under free. General admission two-day passes are $20 online. VIP tickets are $100 and include limited drinks from the VIP bar, taco tokens and private restroom facilities. saltriverfields.com.