Bragging rights and big cash prizes will once again be on the line when close to 50 teams compete for the honor of making the most mouth-watering taco on this side of the border. The Arizona Taco Festival will take place over the October 18-19 weekend this year at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you love tacos and want to try some of the best ones in the world, make sure you bring your appetite to this family-friendly, fabulously fun, 2014 culinary event.
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a wide-open expansive area that is located at 7555 North Pima Road in Scottsdale. Taco-lovers come from near and far to fill-up on the simple, but delightful delicacy. If you are staying at the Best Western Thunderbird Suites Hotel, it is a very easy 15-minute drive to make it to the event site and start having fun.
Great Music and More!
The party never stops at the two-day Arizona Festival. While the taco is the obvious star of the show, there is so much more to delight your senses. Live bands will play a wide selection of music throughout the day on the Main Stage. You might hear everything from California Surf music and Tropical Reggae to hip-hop, rock, and Latin rhythms. Top chefs will be on hand to host cooking classes and show you how to make the perfect taco. Contests? You want contests? Well if last year’s event is any indication of what is to come in 2014, you can expect to see plenty of fun contests for attendees to get involved in and maybe score some free tacos or other prizes.
Up on the Contest Stage, the big Taco Eating contest is always a crowd favorite. If you think you can meet the challenge of devouring 12 tacos in less than 5 minutes, why not enter? If your stomach tells you no, it is almost as much fun just watching the contestants struggle to down all that food in so little time. Other fun contests that have been held in the past include the Hot Chili Pepper Eating contest – which is definitely not for amateurs, the Arm Wrestling for Tacos Contest, and the Best Sombrero contest, featuring the most blinged-out sombreros you’ve ever seen.
The Tequila Experience
What’s a party without some spirits? The Arizona Taco Festival pays homage to the specialty alcoholic beverage of the Southwest by hosting one of the best Tequila-tasting experiences anywhere in the country. More than 30 brands will be represented and over 100 different types of tequila will be served. If tequila is not your thing, don’t worry. There will be a nice selection of beer just a stone’s throw away.
Vendors by the Dozens
To insure that everyone will have a wide selection of tacos, drinks and other items, the organizers invite all of the local restaurants in Scottsdale and the surrounding area to participate in the party. Tacos of all types are served by the restaurants and teams competing for prizes. Choose your favorites among chicken, pork, beef, seafood, salsa, guacamole and veggie. Don’t forget to try the “Anything Goes” taco, where chefs get a chance to be creative and come up with an out-of-this-world, original taco.
This year’s Arizona Taco Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever. Why not make reservations and set-up your home base at the beautiful and affordable Best Western Plus Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites Hotel. After a full-day of sampling tacos, drinking tequila, and partying to the live music, you’ll want to come back to the hotel and relax. Have an amazing time at the Arizona Taco Festival!
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