ENTERTAINMENT

Arizona Taco Festival finds new home in Mesa

This year's event set for Nov. 12-13

Posted 6/12/22

The Arizona Taco Festival  is coming to the East Valley.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, the festival will be at a new location, Bell Bank Park in Mesa with celebrity Chef Aaron May as a …

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ENTERTAINMENT

Arizona Taco Festival finds new home in Mesa

This year's event set for Nov. 12-13

Posted

The Arizona Taco Festival  is coming to the East Valley.

On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12-13, the festival will be at a new location, Bell Bank Park in Mesa with celebrity Chef Aaron May as a special guest and event host.

 May, known for his regular appearances on the Food Network, "is inviting his taco brethren from the world of sports, TV, food and film to this year’s Taco Festival," according to a release.

The festival will include a line-up of cooks competing for the title of Top Taco with prize money and bragging rights on the line.

In addition to food and drinks, festival-goers will enjoy an updated version of the Tequila Expo. Now dubbed Tequila Passport, guests will be able to sample more than 100 "top-shelf agaves," the release stated.

Organizers said the event, which will include music and other entertainment, is family friendly.

“I’m going to make this year’s taco fest into a full taco-palooza of epic proportions. I might even get in the wrestling ring with the Luchas,”  May said.

 Gates for the festival will open at 11 a.m. The event closes at 6 p.m.

Early-bird tickets are  available online for $15.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.aztacofestival.com.

To celebrate the kick-off of the festival, a pop-up Taco event is taking place   Tuesday, June 14, at MercBar, 2525 Camelback Road,  Phoenix.

From 5 to 7 p.m. chefs May, Todd English and Antonia Lofaso will serve a variety of tacos, and there will be margaritas.

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