Ten Acres of Tacos at the Arizona Taco Festival October 20 & 21

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Tacos El Mauri at the festival.jpg
Arizona Taco Festival 2011
Tacos El Mauri will be competing again this year.
The third annual Arizona Taco Festival -- expanded to two days and ten acres at Salt River Fields -- is shaping up to be the best yet. Attendees can enjoy sixteen hours of taco-tainment from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 to 21. Returning features include lucha libre wrestling, hot chili pepper eating contest, live surf music, and cooking demonstrations. New events this year are aplenty: a mariachi contest, Chihuahua beauty pageant (it's not too late to enter your pup), truly offal taco throwdown, Posh Improvisational Cuisine's grossest taco eating contest, and even a wedding. Yep, a couple is actually getting hitched at the festival on Sunday afternoon.

See also: 10 Favorite Tacos Right Now in Greater Phoenix

Perhaps the most exciting part is the taco contest, pitting 50+ competitors against one another in four taco categories (chicken, beef, pork, seafood) and four sidecart categories (salsa, guacamole, anything goes taco, best booth design). Festivalgoers can purchase samples from the competitors for $2. And this year's competition promises to be stiff. Taco teams include Crudo, defending champs Distrito, El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria, Emerson Fry Bread, Luncha Libre, Q Up! BBQ, Roka Akor, The Mission, and Tonto Bar & Grill.

Location Info

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Salt River Fields

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Distrito

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

El Hefe Super Macho Taqueria

4425 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Luncha Libre

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Q UP BBQ

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

W Hotel Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Octane Raceway

9119 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General


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