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Get Your Stomachs Ready: the North Texas Taco Festival is Exactly One Month Away


north texas taco festivalTake out your paper calendar, your iPhone, your notepad, your whatever. Mark. This. Down. If you miss it, you’ll be kicking yourself in the foot for the next half of the century.

Serial taco eater Jose Ralat-Maldonado from TacoTrail  (and the same guy who wrote “The Best Tacos in Dallas” story for our Feb issue), is organizing the first proper taco fest in North Texas ever. He, Brandon Castillo from the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, and Rich Vana, my buddy who kicks it over at Entree Dallas, are putting on a big taco hullabaloo on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the  2800 block of Main Street.

All these dudes know good tacos from bad ones, so don’t worry. They’re not planning to feed you crap. El Tizoncito, Velvet Taco, Rusty Taco, Revolver Taco Lounge, Chile Pepper Grill, Taco Party, Urban Taco, and La Nueva Fresh & Hot Tortilleria will all be there, offering everything from “traditional tacos de trompo and tacos de cabeza al vapor to Mexico City-style tacos and gussied-up selections.” Ralat-Maldonado promises that “there will be a taco for everyone.”

Don’t let me forget to tell you guys about the Taco Throwdown part. Castillo, Ralat-Maldonado, and Vana thought it’d be funny to pit five well-known chefs (including Brian Luscher and Randall Copeland) who don’t make tacos in their kitchens to compete for taco glory. This portion of the festival should be interesting.

Tickets aren’t for sale, because this event is completely open to the public. All the tacos have to be paid for cash, so load your pockets up before heading out.