Arizona Taco Festival heats up Salt River Fields with tacos, chihuahuas

This past weekend, thousands of Valley taco lovers descended upon the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields to satiate their appetites for tacos, fall weather festivals and…chihuahuas.

arizona taco festivalYep, chihuahua lovers saw no shortage of the pint-sized pooches at the two-day fest, which featured a chihuahua beauty pageant that put the little dogs’ diverse forms of beauty on full display for judges and an adoring audience.

Chihuahua beauty contest at Arizona Taco FestivalMy pup Chico Hombre participated, and even though he didn’t win, he and his tongue had a blast.

Chico HombreThere were dozens of restaurants on hand to show off their supplies of tacos. While I felt like the vegetarian options were lacking a little (maybe spots could have offered up more bean and cheese tacos or quesadillas for those who don’t eat animals?), I did nom on some choice offerings. I loved the frybread I got from Jobot Coffee Shop in Phoenix, which was topped with a jalapeno and strawberry salsa (I left the pork off.)

jobot crepeI also had a really awesome bean and potato vegan taco from Green, which was mighty tasty and animal-product free.

green vegetarian tacoAll tacos cost $2 each, which was really affordable and let attendees try out whichever kind they wanted. Besides all the yummy food options there were, the Taco Fest provided more entertainment in the form of lucha libre wrestlers, as well as a really cool photo booth by AWESOOS. For only $4, my friends (and dog) and I were allowed to take up to six fun photos with Mexican-themed props. The photos turned out great — check out a couple more below, and see you at next year’s Arizona Taco Festival!

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