Rockin’ Taco Street Fest’s organizers are pumped about the Downtown Chandler event’s 11th iteration on Saturday, September 24.
“We’re fired up,” says Mike O’Donnell, director of partnerships for Forty8 Live!, the event’s producer.
A food, music and cultural celebration, Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will feature creative tacos from more than 20 local restaurants and food trucks. Accompanying drinks include fresh fruit fresca, cerveza, handcrafted margaritas and micheladas.
Providing the soundtrack are Ozomatli and Everclear, with other featured entertainment to include luche libre wrestling, hot chili pepper and taco-eating competitions, mariachi, a mechanical taco ride, margarita and michelada master tent and little amigos play area.
“We always work on different things to expand the events,” O’Donnell says.
“We wanted to keep some of the staples like lucha libre wrestling. The wrestling is always a hit with families. We listened to our fans, and they wanted more shade. It’s still an end-of-summer-before-fall event. We have massive shade structures being built in front of the stage and all the way back just to make sure everybody is comfortable and cool.”
The margarita and michelada seminar tent will keep guests cool as well. There, celebrity bartenders will share the secrets behind their success.
“They’ll show the different variations of making your own micheladas and the many ways of making regular margaritas to Cadillac margaritas and everything in between. They’ll learn how to take those recipes and enjoy it by the pool listening to Everclear and Ozomatli afterward.”
Rockin’ Taco Street Fest
WHEN: Noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, September 24
WHERE: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler
COST: Event admission is $25 plus fees; does not include food and drink