Last year’s first Tacolandia event in Houston was a great success — not to mention a whole lot of fun — so we’re doing it again this year. The 2nd Annual Houston Press Tacolandia presented by Taquiza TABASCO sauce is on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park.
Presale tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today. Use code TACOHOU to get them before they're offered to the general public on Saturday. General admission tickets are $25 and VIP $65 at presale prices. The event will be held rain or shine, and all guests must be 21 or older with valid identification.
All ticket holders get unlimited tacos and other food samples. There will be live entertainment as well as cash bars with beer and cocktails. Guests will also get to check out a special promotion by El Jimador Tequila.
VIP tickets include entry at 3 p.m. (one hour earlier than with general admission — that’s plenty of time to eat a lot of tacos). These ticket holders will also have access to the Jumper Maybach VIP Lounge, the VIP cocktail bar with free beer and wine samples, and VIP restrooms.
As was the case last year, James Beard award-winning author and former Houston Press restaurant critic Robb Walsh is curating the event and is a judge. His acclaimed works include the Tex-Mex Cookbook. A panel of judges will select the best tacos for awards in classic and modern styles. All attendees will get a token for voting on the People's Choice award, too.
Here’s a list of the participating restaurants so far:
- Añejo Tex-Mex
- Fadi's Mediterranean Grille
- Berryhill Baja Grill
- Luv Me Tenders
- El Tiempo Cantina
- El Real Tex-Mex
- Überrito Fresh Mex
- Cyclone Anaya's Mexican Kitchen
- Gerardo's Drive In
- Los Tios Mexican Restaurant
- Villa Arcos
If you didn’t get to go last year and want to see how much fun it was, check out the video below.
Houston Press Tacolandia 2016 is brought to you by TABASCO Sauce, Bud Light, Jumper Maybach, Guerrero tortillas and Proof Rooftop Lounge. Vendors onsite include Topo Chico, Texas Beer Bus, DRY Sparkling, Heights Head and Pop Soap.
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