Des Moines, Iowa

October 7, 2017

WESTERN GATEWAY PARK

12pm-6pm

VIP & TEQUILA EXPO TICKETS — SOLD OUT!

1000 grand ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

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How the Festival Works…

A General Admission ticket provides access to a collection of taco makers, restaurants, food trucks and others dishing out $2 tacos. Add bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, beer, water, and soda, and  it’s a taco fiesta! The entire festival works on a token system – so you will purchase tokens worth $2 each and use those as cash. Vendors will be on hand to sell other food (mostly desserts) as well. ATMs will be on site, but you can use a credit card if desired.

TICKET DESCRIPTIONS

GENERAL ADMISSION: $12

  • Entrance to The Taco Festival
  • Live entertainment ALL afternoon including live bands, Lucha Libre wrestling shows, hilarious eating contests, chili pepper-eating challenges, and the entertaining Tiny Taco Dog beauty pageant
  • Kids 12 and under are free

VIP PACKAGE: SOLD OUT!

  • Tokens for 10 tacos of your choosing throughout the festival
  • Tequila Expo access & wristband
  • Private VIP Bar
  • VIP Lounge & Seating
  • Upgraded private Restrooms
  • Kids 12 and under are free, with a paid adult ticket

TEQUILA EXPO: SOLD OUT!

The popular Tequila Expo offers guests the chance to sample a multitude of top-shelf tequilas. Purchase this add-on and receive with a wristband good for 10 samples of fine tequila. Tequila Expo passes must be purchased in conjunction with a GA ticket. We highly recommend purchasing these passes online – the Expo will sell out. Hours: 1pm-5pm.

Festival Rules / General Regulations

  • No dogs allowed (except Chihuahua Beauty Pageant participants and service dogs)
  • No lawn chairs or blankets
  • No wheelchair rental
  • No opened drink containers. Sealed water only.
  • Tokens can be purchased with credit card or cash at the gate and cash only inside. There will be ATMs inside and outside.

PRESENTED BY—

1000 grand ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Restaurants

  • GroVer Flavors
  • Karam’s Grill
  • La Michoacana Mexican Groceries
  • Lola’s Fine Kitchen
  • Margarita Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
  • Mo’ Rub
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brwry
  • Tacopocalypse
  • Tacos Andreas Authentic Mexican Food
  • Tacos La Familia
  • The BBQ Joint
  • Yanni’s Grill & Vineyards

Food Trucks

  • Banh ME
  • Curbin’ Cuisine
  • Eat it
  • Flame
  • Mamma’s Taco
  • Mi Lindo Mexico
  • Miss Molly’s Jamaican Patty
  • Molcajetes
  • Rodell’s Smokehouse
  • Taco King by Taqueria Jalisco
  • Taco Loco
  • The Big Red Food Truck
  • The Big Steer
  • The Hot Peppers
  • Sabores De Mexico
  • Something to Taco Bout
  • Veggie Thumper

Schedule

12:30pm — Some Friends
1:15pm — LUCHA LIBRE VOZ
1:30pm — Tiny Taco Dog Beauty Pageant
2:00pm — Parranadros Latin Combo
2:45pm — Lucha Libre
3:00pm — Taco Eating Contest

Food Trucks

3:30pm — Parranadros Latin Combo
4:15pm — Lucha Libre
4:30pm — Nacho Eating Contest
5:00pm — Hot Chile Pepper Eating Contest
5:45pm — Des Moines’ Best Tacos Awards Ceremony

Want to Volunteer at the Festival?

Join the volunteer crew at the Des Moines Taco Festival! We have opportunities in several areas of the festival including:

  • Merchandise Sales
  • Contest Check in
  • Judges Tent
  • Tequila Tasting Expo
  • Lucha Libre Wrestling
  • Setup / Cleanup

Want to Volunteer at the Festival?

Volunteers receive festival admission, a T-shirt, 2 complimentary tokens for tacos, and a fun time! You must be personable and 18+.

If you’re interested in volunteering please fill out our form (follow the link below) and we’ll contact you ASAP!