Toronto's Annual Taco Fest Returns
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With the warm weather finally looking like it's here to stay (don't quote us on that), it's time to brush up on your Spanish, get your dancing shoes on, and somehow find extra space in your stomach – Taco Fest is back!
This year's event will be held from June 16 to 18 at its new location: The Grounds at Hotel X.
The three-day fiesta, hosted by TasteToronto, kicked off in 2016 and saw about 10,000 patrons join in on the festivities. Since then, it has really blown up and averages about 40,000 attendees per iteration, giving the hype around the festival solid statistical backing.
Even though six years have passed since its formation and a lot has changed, the core tenets of Taco Fest remain the same: eat, drink, and have fun. It's a simple recipe, but one that has worked seamlessly throughout the years.
With the increase in patrons, the festival has also seen the number of vendors pitching up at the venue increase from about 20 at the start to almost 50 as the years passed. And with the rise of vendors comes a rise in the variety of dishes served.
Now, while the festival's name has the word "taco" in it, that's not the only thing being served during the event. Sure, there will be over 150 different kinds of tortilla-wrapped delights, but also featured will be other wonderful bounties of Mexican culture, like freshly-prepared churros and Mexican-style street corn (elotés, for those in the loop). The taco selection will span far and wide, ranging from classic masa masterpieces to more creative offerings crafted by Toronto's boldest chefs. Vegan options will also be available, and even all-vegan vendors, so those with dietary restrictions and preferences can indulge without missing out.
Some vendors making up this star-studded lineup include Tacos Moras, Pastor Taco, Kong's Hot Tacos, Rosalinda, HEY WEY and Roses Cocina.
Of course, no Mexican fiesta is complete without proper drinks. Fret not, as Taco Fest has that covered too. From refreshing margaritas and palomas to its signature tequila and mezcal bar, there will be something for everyone to keep the party going all weekend.
The final vendor roster is approved by reviewing all applications and then considering the offerings through the lens of diversity and variety. The decisions ensure that the festival sees a range of options for festival-goers to enjoy. With about 175 taco combinations on the menu, it might be easy for some things to repeat, but due diligence ensures that we get different flavors, textures, and experiences with each passing taco.
Outside of the food and drink, there will also be a plethora of activities available for attendees to enjoy: from interactive games and a guacamole school to a live mariachi band, salsa dancing lessons, and DJs, it's safe to say that Taco Fest will be THE place to be.
Given that it has come back to grace Toronto year in and year out, there's no doubt that Taco Fest has been a major success. While TasteToronto has held other successful events over the years, none have reached the heights that Taco Fest has seen. One of the key reasons is the kind of food it is built around. With this city being home to numerous Mexican restaurants – each vying to be better than the previous one – there's a healthy competition that sees the finest of food being put out for patrons to enjoy.
One of the things that this festival has continued to do well is managing the flow of attendees at the venue. As a result, you're not stuck in long lines, waiting to enter with thousands of other
The new venue for the event also promises an elevated experience that feels fresh and different from anything Taco Fest attendees have seen in the past.
The Grounds at Hotel X will provide the perfect backdrop for what promises to be three days of pure enjoyment. With exciting food, delicious drinks and enthralling activities, Taco Fest promises to hit all the spots. And really, does it get any better than tacos by the water? We don't think so.
Taco Fest, hosted by TasteToronto, will take place from June 16-18 at The Grounds at Hotel X. Tickets start at $16.50 and are available at thetacofest.ca.