Sunshine and Cacti

On Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th, the 8th annual Arizona Taco Festival took place at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona. Complete with taco teams, margarita wars, and chihuahua paegents, together the event made every taco lover’s dream come true – including mine! On Sunday I served my civic duty and selflessly volunteered to be a taco judge for the National Taco Association. Popular to contrary belief, this was some serious business.

Sunshine and Cacti

The competition was split into four categories (chicken, pork, beef, and seafood) and was judged on presentation, taste, and texture. Bribes were also accepted in the form of tequila + coronas. As a taco judge newb, I knew I was in over my head. Other judges had brought dental floss and tums, and very self-disciplined took only a bite while I eagerly ate my entire tacos the first round. (Rookie mistake.) Round 1 came to an end and I didn’t know how I would make it through the second (and third and fourth), but of course, I persevered. I took laps around the field to gain my appetite back, passing sombreros

 

 

 

24 tacos later and I don’t know if I could ever eat a regular taco again!

Here are the winners:

GRAND CHAMPION— CRUJIENTE

RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION— AJO AL’S

3RD OVERALL— LUMBERJACK’S TACO SHACK

4TH OVERALL— LOCO PATRON

5TH OVERALL— CREATIONS BY SERGIO

CHICKEN TACO—

1ST: DIEGO POPS

2ND: AJO AL’S

3RD: TACOS HUICHO

PORK TACO—

1ST: LUMBERJACK’S TACO SHACK

2ND: CRUJIENTE

3RD: TACOS HUICHO

BEEF TACO—

1ST: SUPERFARM SUPERTRUCK

2ND: AJO AL’S

3RD: CRUJIENTE

SEAFOOD TACO—

1ST: TACOS TEQUILA WHISKEY

2ND: CRUJIENTE

3RD: DOCKTAILS

EL NEATO MEATO TACO—

1ST: AJO AL’S

2ND: CREATIONS BY SERGIO

3RD: CHICO MALO

VEGGIE TACO—

1ST: AJO AL’S

2ND: LUMBERJACK’S TACO SHACK

3RD: THE WIGWAM RESORT

DESSERT TACO—

1ST: SUPERFARM SUPERTRUCK

2ND: AJO AL’S

3RD: LUMBERJACK’S TACO SHACK

SALSA—

1ST: LUMBERJACK’S TACO SHACK

2ND: THE THUMB

3RD: CRUJIENTE

GUACAMOLE

1ST: AJO AL’S

2ND: CREATIONS BY SERGIO

3RD: CRUJIENTE

 

 

 

 

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Posted by:Traci Ducusin

Traci Ducusin is a self-help junkie with an entrepreneurial spirit and an advocate for the “good” work. She believes that everything is a reflection of who she is and that success happens when personal and professional aspirations align. Off the clock, she focuses on self-improvement, both mental and physical, which leads to a more productive and intentional individual.

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