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Arizona Taco Festival lures taco lovers to new home venue

Street Taco Platter

This delicious street taco platter was provided by Rubio’s Fish Tacos, a vendor at the Arizona Taco Festival over the weekend (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012)

The Arizona Taco Festival found a new home this year at the Salt River Fields Sports Complex in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Philip Erdeljohn, a taco enthusiast, said, “It is crowded for a Sunday.  So many people here and I overheard a security guard say that there were 17,000 people here yesterday and they’re expecting the same today!”

Mariachi Band

An all female mariachi band serenaded taco lovers while they ate at the Arizona Taco Festival (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

This two day festival included mariachi bands, chef demonstrations, Lucha Libre wrestling, taco eating contest, food trucks, chili pepper eating contest, margaritas, a tequila expo, and even a wedding!  The wedding took place on Saturday.  There were also live bands for people to enjoy while eating their tacos.

The Taco Festival’s social media pages on Facebook and Twitter kept people informed of most of the activities.  “I liked that the parking was free and close, but I hated waiting in line for 15 minutes only to find out that I couldn’t use my cash money and had to use carnival raffle tickets to buy my food and drink!  They did not warn us that it would be like that on the website.  I would like to know something like that ahead of time,” said Philip.

Lucha Libre

Lucha Libre wrestlers entertained crowds of people at the Arizona Taco Festival (Photo By: Christina Thompson 2012).

Overall, it was a taco fiesta to be enjoyed by people of all ages.  There was even an area for kids to play in bouncy castles and drive go-karts.

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Luau makes a splash for kids and adults a like

Water Slide

Young boy running up one of four blow-up water slides at the City of Chandler luau celebration (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

Kona Truck

The Kona Ice Truck was very popular at the Chandler event with their Hawaiian sno cones (Photo by: Christina Thompson)

This past Saturday in downtown Chandler, Arizona, there was a luau put on by the City of Chandler and the San Tan Brewing Company.  Outside in the town square, there were gelato, ice cream, and Kona Ice booths, along with giant blow up water slides, where kids could slide down and cool off from the blazing hot Arizona sun.  Many adults headed indoors to the San Tan Brewing Company restaurant, where they could enjoy one of the company’s seven year-round and six seasonal microbrews.  The seasonal microbrew available during the luau, was Mr. Pineapple, a brew specifically made for the annual event.  Mary DeBiase out of Corona, California, made a special trip to the event with her niece.  “My niece really likes pineapple and she likes to drink beer.  She told me about this event and asked me to join her and would not shut up about this beer,” Mary said.  “It is pretty tasty and the pineapple that is attached to the glass really brings out the pineapple flavor.”  There was roast pig and coconut haupia for dessert.

ice cream

This lady was scooping her company’s ice cream out to a luau event go-er, who was eagerly awaiting the cold treat on the hot day (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

Firemen

The City of Chandler firemen were hanging out by their truck talking to people and at the event in case an emergency arose (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

The City of Chandler Fire Department, Radio Disney, and other food vendors were there too, but everyone was at the restaurant and playing on the slides.  “The slides for kids was a great touch to make it family friendly,” Mary said.  “Family food events are always better.”

pig

The luau pig roasting on the spit at the San Tan Brewing Company restaurant waiting to be eaten by guests (Photo by: Christina Thompson 2012).

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