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Arizona Taco Festival - 2013

Taco Competition and Family Entertainment

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Arizona Taco Festival

Arizona Taco Festival

© Judy Hedding

The Arizona Taco Festival is designed to be a day filled with food, fun and competition. The highlight of the Arizona Taco Festival is the competition, where more than 50 teams will be dishing up specialty tacos in four categories (chicken, beef, pork, and seafood) as well as side dishes for cash prizes and bragging rights.

See pictures from a previous Arizona Taco Festival.

When is the Arizona Taco Festival?

Saturday and Sunday, October 19 and 20, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where is it held?

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. This map will help you get there. Parking is free.

How do I get tickets and how much are they?

There is a $12 admission charge, with children 12 and under admitted free. A two-day pass is $20. Food and beverage is a separate charge. Food samples are $2 each. Margaritas, beer, and wine range from about $4 to $12; There is an additional $10 charge for the Beers of the World (Sunday) and a $20 charge for the Tequila Expo (Saturday). A VIP ticket allows for unlimited food and drinks for $85 in advance, $100 at the gate.

Admission tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance online. Additional charges may apply when purchasing online. Tickets for food samples are additional for general admission, and will be sold at the event.

Are discounts available?

Wear a sombrero for a free taco on Sunday.

What else should I know?

In addition to visiting the more than 50 teams in taco and sidecart (salsas and such) competition, there will be cooking demonstrations, Lucha Libre wrestling, the tequila expo, live music, hot chili pepper eating contest, taco eating challenge, and the Chihuahua Beauty Pageant (registration form online, fee for entry).

Food samples are $2 each. Vendor sample sizes will vary, but should include 1-2 ounces of protein and other ingredients. Full plates of food will also available to purchase.

I have more questions!

Visit the Arizona Taco Festival online.

All prices and offerings mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.

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