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In case you’ve been stuck under a rock, this Saturday is the first annual Arizona Taco Festival. (In fact, it’s actually the first taco fest in the nation, but more on that later). Hosted at the Scottsdale Waterfront from 10 am to 5 pm, this savory showdown will feature 30-plus teams competing for taco top honors (as well as a cool $7,500 in cash prizes). Plus, there will be teams competing for best salsa and best guac, not to mention plenty of ice-cold cervezas, margaritas and (don’t say we didn’t warn you) tequilas on hand for your sipping pleasure. Not too shabby for a mere $10 entrance fee.
Hosted by Richard Phillips and David Tyda (aka the EATERAZ crew), this spicy shindig was the next logical step after their super-successful Arizona Barbecue Festival this past April. However, according to an article in the Arizona Republic, ”While there are countless Hispanic and Mexican food festivals, the everyday taco has never been celebrated with its own event.” To fill the void, Tyda and Phillips created the National Taco Association (dedicated to stopping hunger one taco at a time), which allowed them to certify professional judges, as well as, hopefully, stage taco festivals in other cities, such as Las Vegas and LA.
And speaking of completely unqualified professional judges, our pals at EATERAZ have offered up a killer opportunity for one hungry Scoop Factory reader. Wanna be one of six VIP judges for the “Salsa, Guac, Best Booth, and Anything Goes Taco” competitions? Simply email us with “Tacos Tacos Tacos” in the subject line and we’ll randomly pick a winner. (Also includes two comp entry tix). Good luck and be sure to say hello to former Scoop Factory foreman, David Tyda, as well as Desert Living Mag co-founder, Rick Phillips.