FARGO — If 2018 was any indication, people in Fargo-Moorhead are wild about tacos.
Last summer's first-ever Dia Del Taco Fest at Fargo Brewing Co. was a resounding — as in sold-out — success.
The Mexican food extravaganza is scheduled to return this Saturday, Aug. 24, at Fargo Brewing, 610 N. University Drive, and it promises to top even last year's fabuloso festival.
This week on "The Scoop with Tracy Briggs," Tracy and Krista Driscoll of events promoter Jade Presents get a sneak peek of the big taco celebration by catching up with Maria C. Rodriguez of Maria's Homestyle Mexican, who made one of her delectable dishes for the festival. Tracy also learned a few must-know facts about this year's festival.
When, where and what time is the event?
Saturday, Aug. 24, at Fargo Brewing Co. in downtown Fargo. Here's the best news about this year's event: Because last year was so well-attended, Dia Del Taco Fest will be held in two separate sessions — one from noon to 3 p.m., the second from 4-7 p.m.
What's to eat?
That's the most important thing, right? We all know that tacos are front and center, of course. But that means anything from ground beef, chicken and pork to vegetarian, mahi-mahi and brisket. Spicy and not.
If tacos aren't your thing (and why wouldn't they be? And why are you going to a taco fest?), there will be other Mexican dishes for you to enjoy. ("Why, hello guacamole and chips, where have you been all my life?")
Your entry fee gets you in the door to enjoy music and entertainment, but you'll pay extra to eat — tacos and all of the sides. Vendors include: Pico Truck, Papacitos Burritos, Smoke My Butt, The Lunch Box Eatery, Mackenzie River, Wild Terra Cider & Brewing, Lupe’s Tasty Tacos, Spicy Pie and Maria's Homestyle Mexican.
What's to drink?
What is a taco without a margarita? Like Ernie without Bert or Simon without Garfunkel, that's what it is. Fargo Brewing will be serving handcrafted margaritas to sip alongside your tacos. If you prefer beer, they'll have craft brews on tap as well. Food vendors have the option to sell pop, too.
Did someone say tequila?
For those wanting a little something extra, limited tickets will be available to gain admission to the festival and access to the Don Julio tequila tent, where patrons learn how to properly taste an assortment of phenomenal tequilas. You sit in the shade and get a tequila tasting glass as well.
Some like it hot
This year, Dia Del Taco Fest is featuring a hot sauce challenge to help raise money for Creative Care for Reaching Independence (CCRI), an organization which assists individuals with disabilities. Participants in the hot sauce challenge will eat five mini tacos with progressively hotter sauces on them. Esta salsa esta muy caliente!
The more money they raise for CCRI, the more tools they get to help with the challenge. For example, if someone raised $100, they're given a bottle of water. But if they raise $750, they get water, milk and ice cream to cool their tastebuds.
Can I bring the kids?
Lo siento chicos. Sorry, kids. It's a 21-and-up event.
When and how can I get tickets?
Get them online at diadeltaco.com until 11:59 p.m. Friday night, Aug. 23, to save $5 on general admission ($10) and tequila tasting tickets ($30). The day of the event, they'll be available for $15 and $35, respectively.