“Bigger and better” Taco Fest returns for a second helping
The Columbus Taco Festival is coming back on Saturday, May 18 to Genoa Park after a successful first year, with promises to be bigger and better. Expect the city’s best tacos and tequila, as well as Mexican beer and live music. Many vendors will be returning, as well as some new faces – and admission is free! This year, the even will be benefit Vet Motorsports, a foundation that supports U.S veterans and encourages self expression through motorsports.
People flocked to last year’s fest in unexpected numbers, which led to some less than ideal conditions for festival-goers. There were complaints of long lines and crowding, which organizers have made sure to address this time around.
“When planning the festival, we did not expect the turn out that we had and because of this we planned for a much smaller event than what we got,” explains organizer Hugo Albornoz. “This year, we are going in with a more realistic view of the amount of people and will plan accordingly, as well as using the space in a more efficient way and having our set up done a bit differently.”
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In preparation for a larger crowd, the fest will feature more vendors, as well as an additional bar. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be separated, in addition to other line control elements like limiting menu items for quicker service. The taco eating and hot pepper challenges won’t be returning this year, but organizers are in negotiation with their tequila sponsors for tequila-themed events (make sure to visit their Facebook page for updates).
Regarding some of the criticism last year’s festival received, Albornoz had this to say: “We thank everyone who has shared their constructive feedback with us because this is what will help us grow. Without all of their support and patience, this dream wouldn’t have even been possible to begin with, and it’s through their continued support that we will be able to come back bigger and better this year!”
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