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100,000 tacos to be served at 6th annual Arizona Taco Festival

The 6th Annual Arizona Taco Festival is set to bring another year of fiesta fun with more than 50 teams competing for $10,000 in cash, while an expected 25,000 attendees nosh their way through more than 100 types of tacos throughout the weekend.

Arizona Taco Festival, Sat. and Sun., Oct. 17 & 18, will run from 11am-7pm each day, offering $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood, veggie, dessert, and anything-goes varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and other related Mexican fare. Restaurants, caterers, amateurs, and nightclubs are prepared to sell enough tacos to cumulatively dish out 100,000 total tacos for attendees.

The Arizona Taco Festival pits these participants against each other in a double-blind competition. Tacos are submitted to more than 50 National Taco Association judges sequestered in a closed tent for truly anonymous scoring. Points are awarded and weighed for presentation, taste and texture. Cumulatively, the scores lead to an overall Grand Champion title and $1,000 checks each day.

Outside the judge’s tent, this exciting festival rages on with live Lucha Libre wrestling, a now-legendary Tequila Expo with more than 30 brands participating, and live surf and salsa bands on the main stage. Contests for ‘best sombrero,’ the prettiest Chihuahua, hot chili pepper eating, taco take-downs, and flair bartending round out the fun.

SRF Hosts Sixth Annual Arizona Taco Festival / 2

The festival humbly began on a dirt lot in the heart of downtown Scottsdale and has since moved to an eight-acre grass field at the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks — Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The Arizona Taco Festival is believed to be the world’s first taco festival, and the Valley’s fastest growing culinary event.

Tequila Expo Tent, Sat., Oct. 17. The main tent hosts the popular Tequila Expo. Inside, patrons can sample from more than 100 tequilas. A tasting pass is $20 for 10 samples of fine tequila.

Ay Chihuahua! Beauty Pageant, Sun. Oct. 18. Sunday at 2pm, watch more than 15 sassy Chihuahuas strut across the Main Stage.

Live Lucha Libre Wrestling. Enjoy live Lucha Libre wrestling all weekend long from comfortable seating around the ring. Also, get a change to meet the wrestlers themselves during the meet-and-greet.

In addition, the diverse foodie event also features:

  • Taco Judges. 50 certified judges using a double-blind scoring system created by the National Taco Association will award cash and trophies for each category.
  • Main Stage. The Main Stage will offer constant live music from surf to salsa.
  • Tequila Herradura Barrel Art Unveiling. Local artists painted the heads of Herradura Tequila barrels prior to the festival, and attendees can vote on their favorite.
  • Decked-out Lounges by Local Businesses. Whether it’s shaded seating or a party tent for dancing, local restaurants and bars will go all-out this year to turn the Arizona Taco Festival into the biggest party in the Valley.

Tickets & Parking. General admission tickets are $12 online, $15 at the gate; kids 12 and under FREE. General admission two-day passes are $20 online.  VIP tickets are $85 advance online and $100 day of and include limited drinks from the VIP bar, taco tokens, and private restroom facilities. Parking is FREE for all patrons.  Purchase tickets online at www.SaltRiverFields.com/events.aspx.

New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Foodies Unite! New Times' Street Eats Food Truck Festival At Salt River Fields

New year, new line-up of food festivals. Up first: the New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on January 12 & 13, 2013.

But be aware: The Street Eats Food Truck Festival has more than just a few food trucks available for your choosing. At this two-day event, you’ll also find a wine lounge, a special VIP tent, several bars, a kids zone, eating contests (hot dog, pie and Twinkie), cooking demonstrations, live music and special guests.

Celebs & demos

Chef Geoffrey ZakarianAnyone who watches The Food Network and the Travel Channel will recognize these two special guests: Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and Adam Richman.

On Saturday, Chef Zakarian, Iron Chef on The Food Network’s hit show “Iron Chef America” and a judge on The Food Network’s cooking challenge “Chopped,” will perform a one-hour public cooking demonstration from 1-2 p.m.

On Sunday, attendees can check out a one-hour cooking demonstration by Adam Richman, host of “Man vs. Food,” “Man vs. Food Nation” and “Adam Adam RichmanRichman’s Best Sandwich in America” on the Travel Channel. The demonstration will also take place from 1-2 p.m.

The Sub-Zero Wolf Cooking Demo Stage will also include the following demonstrations:

12-1 p.m.: Top of the Rock – Chef Gavino Borquez
12-1 p.m.: The Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian
2-3 p.m.: Uncle Sal’s/The Side Door/The Blind Pig – Chef Jimmy Molinari
3-4 p.m.: Pure Sushi Bar – Chef Eddie Aguilar
4-5 p.m.: Wildhorse Grille at Talking Stick Golf Course – Chef Patrick Karvis

12-1 p.m.: TheHopelessHousewife.com Chef Erika Monroe-Williams & Arizona Diamondbacks Third-base Coach Matt Williams
12-1 p.m.: Travel Channel’s Adam Richman
2-3 p.m.: PS Catering Arizona – Chef Chris Peil & Diane Stern
3-4 p.m.: Certified Holistic Health Coach – Chef Michele Rusinkp

Spend a little extra dough

Why merely watch Chef Zakarian and Richman when you spend spend a little one-on-one time with them? Spend the extra cash for admission into the LTB Concepts VIP Tent. Admission includes not only includes light appetizers, $20 in food tickets, six alcoholic drinks and unlimited soda and water, but also a VIP Meet & Greet with Chef Zakarian on Saturday and a VIP Meet & Greet with Richman on Sunday.

Wine time

Want wine? Head to the Stark Raving Un-Wine-D Lounge for eight wine tastings with food pairings.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect at the Un-Wine-D Lounge:

  • Paired with assorted cheeses and crackers:
 Chandon Rośe
 and Moët Ice
  • Paired with caprese skewer:
 Uppercut  Sauvignon Blanc
 and Chalone Chardonnay
  • Paired with crustini with tomato relish:
 A BY Acacia Pinot Noir
 and Stellina de Notte Chianti
  • Paired with beef chimi churi:
 Terrazas Malbec
 and Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Paired with shrimp shooters:
 A by Acacia Chardonnay
 and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • Paired with beef empanada:
 BV Napa Cabernet
 and Numanthia Termes
  • Paired with cheesecake bits:
 Stellina di Notte Prosecco
 and Clicquot Demi Sec

Paired with toasted marshmallow and chocolate bars:
 Rosenblum Desiree
 and Newton Merlot Unfiltered

Beer, please

As if it couldn’t get any better, the Street Eats Food Truck Festival will even include four bars, including Whiskey River Saloon, Upper Crust Pizza Patio & Wine Bar, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Firehouse and a mobile bar from the National Taco Association.

For more information about each bar’s featured products and mixed drinks, visit saltriverfields.com.

Food trucks, galore

From frybread, hot dogs and noodles to pizza, kettle corn, burgers and traditional Native American food, nearly every type of food will be present.

For the full list of food trucks, visit saltriverfields.com.

Ticket prices

Sold yet? Here’s what you can expect to fork up at the door:

  • $10 General Admission Tickets / Children 12 and under free
  • $35 Un-Wine-d Lounge
  • $60 LTB Concepts VIP Tent

For more information about the Street Eats Food Truck Festival, including the line-up of live entertainment, visit saltriverfields.com.

New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival
When: January 12-13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (each day)

Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Purchase tickets here