(Shelton, CT) – The 6 th Annual Connecticut Taco Festival will take place on Saturday, August
26, 2023 from 12 PM to 6 PM at the Shelton River Walk – Veterans Memorial Park in Shelton,
CT where guests can vote for Connecticut’s “Top Taco.” The festival features gourmet tacos
from food trucks and restaurants, frozen margaritas, Lucha Libre Mexican-style wrestling and a variety of entertainment throughout the day.
For the second year, a Birria Taco Throwdown will take place at the Connecticut Taco Festival.
Birria is a taco with meat marinated in a combination of guajillo, ancho, and chipotle peppers.
The secret to what makes Birria Tacos so incredible is dipping the tacos into the juices used to fry them. Guests will vote to find out who has the “Best Birria.”
Guests are encouraged to help determine Connecticut’s best tacos! Viva La Vida won the 2022
“Top Taco” with their Birria Taco and Birria Mia were the official first winners of the new “Best
Birria” competition. Guests receive two voting tickets at registration for the “Top Taco” and
“Best Birria” contests.
Children age 12 and under receive free admission into the festival. Advance general admission is $15 available on Eventbrite. During event times, tickets are $20 and available online or cash only at the gate. ATMs will be available onsite. Tickets are available here:
Food trucks and restaurants from all backgrounds will be selling tacos in addition to their regular menus. Authentic Mexican cuisine vendors will prepare Elotes, Birria, Churros, Mangonadas, and much more!!! Taco vendors include What the Truck (Naugatuck), The Taste Garden (Trumbull), Viva La Vida (Meriden), Birria Mia (Meriden), Cousins Maine Lobster (Hartford), Sabores Mexicanos (Hartford), SoulFully Vegan (Hartford) and more. Ben & Jerry’s and Kona Ice will be selling desserts. More vendors will be announced closer to the date on the website and social media.
Bumski’s Mobile Beer & Wine Bar will offer a variety of libations including frozen margaritas,
mezcal, mojitos and local craft beer. Non-alcoholic beverages will be served by food vendors,
including agua frescas and Jarritos.
Lucha Libre Mexican-style wrestling matches hosted by Paradise Alley Professional Wrestling
will take place throughout the event. WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana will be signing
autographs and hosting photo opportunities for fans from 1-5pm. Mariachi Voces de Mexico will be serenading guests from 1-3 PM. PhotoBox will host a free photo booth from 1-5 PM featuring fun props for a souvenir.
Whoever eats 10 tacos the fastest will take home a $100 cash prize at the Taco Eating Contest.
Registration is free, but limited, so those interested are encouraged to arrive early to sign up for the 3 PM contest. All ages are welcome to register; ages 16 and under require parental
For a fee, kids can experience activities, including face painting and bounce houses. Craft and commercial vendors offer shopping, including sampling vendors.
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Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies to advertise their products and services through event marketing materials and on-site. Please contact the Connecticut Taco Festival at email@example.com for more information.