Buy Tickets Arizona Taco Festival visit www.aztacofestival.com
The 2017 Arizona Taco Festival blends a fierce taco competition, Chihuahua beauty pageant, lucha libre wrestlers, cocktail competitions and a new state-of-the-art ticketing system on October 14 & 15
 
(Phoenix, AZ) – This October, prepare for one of the biggest and most exciting food festivals in the country held at Salt River Fields. Picture this: 50+ taco vendors slinging tacos left and right, lucha libre wrestlers battling it out for supremacy, top mixologists shaking up creative margaritas in a spirited competition, live music to dance the afternoon away, and a piñata safe zone to protect the gentle creatures, plus a heaping helping of fun in the Arizona sun. And that’s just for starters. The 8thannual Arizona Taco Festival will once again feed the taco lovers of the Valley on October 14 & 15, 2017 on the gorgeous grounds of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. 
 
A Foodie Paradise: With over 50 restaurants from across the state whipping up unique taco varieties ranging from chicken, pork, beef, and seafood to veggie, dessert, and everything in between, the Taco Competition takes place both Saturday and Sunday. Tasting and judging these taco masterpieces are 50 National Taco Association judges, who will dole out a $10,000 cash prize purse to winners. However, the Arizona Taco Festival celebrates the taco lover in all of us, so in addition to the competition, tacos are available for only $2 each to festivalgoers. Last year, the festival sold over 100,000 tacos to over 30,000 fans. In addition, salsa, guacamole and other Mexican-inspired fare round out the weekend for a true foodie fiesta.
 
Nothing goes better with tacos than tequila, so hit up the Tequila Expo on Saturday or the Margarita Expo on Sunday, the latter offering patrons the chance to sample margaritas from some of the top Valley mixologists. In Saturday’s Tequila Expo, over 30 brands will pour over 100 tequila varieties to novices and aficionados alike. (Additional tickets are required for both the Margarita and Tequila Expos.) Don’t fret beer lovers, Estrella Jalisco, a craft Mexican cerveza, will be on hand, as well as Michelob Ultra for anyone reserving calories for all those tacos.
 
An Instagrammer’s Delight: There is more to the Arizona Taco Festival than just taco tasting and tequila sipping, there’s also picture-perfect entertainment. Enjoy the Ay Chihuahua Beauty Pageant on Sunday, October 15 to see which canine will be crowned this year’s champion, or grab a seat for lucha libre wrestling shows all weekend long. If competitive eating is more your style of entertainment, watch professionals and amateurs test their stomachs as they compete in hot-chile pepper and taco eating contests. Keep the little taquitos happy in the Kids Zone, and teach them the power of love at the world’s only piñata petting zoo. The festival is a Piñata Safe Zone as there’s absolutely NO PIÑATA BEATING allowed throughout the weekend, plus the festival accepts donations to protect piñatas for www.savethepinanta.org.
 
Techie Taco Tickets: Arizona’s favorite taco-centric weekend will also feature a new RFID cashless ticketing system. Attendees will now use RFID wristbands to purchase food and drinks around the event. After loading up a wristband with a set dollar amount, guests will simply tap the band to pay for a taco or beverage. The wristbands are reloadable, so it will be easy to get more tacos if your belly can handle it. The Arizona Taco Festival is one of the first food festivals in the Valley to institute this system. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a state-of-the-art entertainment and sports facility that is the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies. The complex features over 15 acres of lush, green grass with beautiful panoramic mountain views. SRF hosts events throughout the year including the Arizona Taco Festival, Spooktacular Balloon Festival and the Larry Fitzgerald Celebrity Softball Game.
 
For more information regarding the 2017 Arizona Taco Festival visit www.aztacofestival.com.
 
About Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Salt River Fields is a central landmark within the Talking Stick Destination. Completing its sixth MLB Spring Training season in 2016, the world-class, LEED Certified Gold venue serves as Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies, and was named #1 Spring Training Destination by Sports On Earth featured on MLB.com. The facility is surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful mountain panoramas, and is a popular year-round destination for major community events. Salt River Fields is an enterprise of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and has earned multiple awards including Ballpark Digest Ballpark of the Year, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and multiple Best Spring Training Field by Arizona Foothills Magazine. Visit www.SaltRiverFields.com
 
About Arizona Taco Festival.
The Arizona Taco Festival was founded by David Tyda and Rick Phillips of Affordable Food Festivals. They have a combined 40+ years experience in media, publishing, marketing, and promotions. In reaction to high-priced, exclusionary culinary events, the duo formed a company that orchestrates festivals with three components: a culinary competition, low price of entry and original entertainment programming. They also produce The Taco Festival, a circuit of events modeled after the Arizona Taco Festival that place in multiple cities across the country
 

 

DATES & HOURS

OCTOBER 14 & 15, 2017
11am-7pm, each day
 
LOCATION
SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK
7555 N. Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ  85258
LINK TO MAP: Salt River Fields 
HOW THE FEST WORKS…

A General Admission ticket provides access to taco-topia. Inside the event, you’ll find about 50 restaurants dishing out $2 tacos and bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda. This year you will receive an RFID wristband that will be used for admission into the festival and as your primary form of payment for food and drink. No more waiting in line for tokens – just double tap your wristband to purchase food and drinks. 

Here’s a little background on the festival: Festival History.

 
FESTIVAL RULES / GENERAL INFORMATION
  • No dogs allowed (except Chihuahua Beauty Pageant participants and service dogs)
  • No lawn chairs or blankets
  • No wheelchair rental
  • No opened drink containers. Sealed water only.
  • We highly recommend purchasing admission tickets online and registering your wristband in advance. However, you can purchase a ticket and receive a wristband at the gate, using cash or credit card. There will be ATMs inside and outside.
  • Tickets are not transferrable by day.
 
 
TACO FEST HIGHLIGHTS
  • Lucha Libre Wrestling*
  • Degree 270 VIP Area
  • Main Bar Experiences by Dos Gringos, El Hefe, Salty Senorita, Wasted Grain and Old Town Gringos
  • Live Music Stage
  • Interactive Photo Booths
  • Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest
  • Taco Eating Contests
  • Taco Award Presentation
  • People’s Choice Voting at Contest Check-In Booth
  • The Legendary Tequila Expo: (Tent Hours: 12pm-5pm)
  • Chihuahua Beauty Pageant
  • Margarita Mixology Expo: (Tent Hours: 12pm-5pm)
  • Kid’s Zone

*Shows start about 11:45am and the wrestlers perform for about 20-30 minutes and then take 20 minute breaks – alternating that schedule each day, all day, until sundown.

 
 
PARKING

Parking will be free, but limited at Salt River Fields. We highly recommend carpooling or taking alternative transportation to the festival. Come early for free onsite parking or take advantage of additional free parking lots near the festival grounds with a fast and free shuttle service to the festival entrance. Check back 1 week prior to the festival for a detailed parking map and make a plan of action.

DISABLED PARKING
go directly to Salt River Fields and alert parking attendants upon arrival
 
RIDESHARE PROMOTION
Use code TACO2017 for $15 off your UBER ride – new users only.