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.
When is the Arizona Taco Festival?Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, 2012 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 under 12 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. A VIP ticket allows for unlimited food and drinks for $100.
Admission tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance online. Additional charges may apply when purchasing online. Tickets for food samples will be sold at the event.
Are discounts to the Arizona Taco Festival available?Get a half price on a general admission ticket if you wear a sombrero.
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 lucha libre wrestling, the tequila expo, live surf music, cooking demonstrations, $2 tacos, a mariachi contest, a bartending challenge and a taco throwdown.
Food samples are $2 each. Vendor sample sizes will vary, but should include 2-3 ounces of protein and other ingredients. Full plates of food will also available to purchase.
Do you have pictures of the Arizona Taco Festival?Here are some pictures that I took at the inaugural event in 2010.
All prices and offerings mentioned herein are subject to change without notice.