Arizona Taco festival features tacos, tequila, and barrel art

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The 5th Annual Arizona Taco Festival is back at Salt River Fields, and it's bigger and better than ever.

"It's more than 25,000 people over two days," says event organizer David Tyda. "We've got about 50 restaurants dishing up probably 100,000 tacos this weekend." Even better? All tacos are $2.

There's something new at the festival this year: barrel art. A variety of barrel art will be displayed Sun. Oct. 19, with an awards ceremony for best art at 5 p.m. It's cool and unusual art, done by local artists competing for a $1,000 prize.

"My inspiration is all about Mexico," says barrel artist Gennaro Garcia. "The technique is an old Mexican technique of wood cutting."

General admission tickets for the event are $12; kids 12 and under free. General admission two-day passes are $20. VIP tickets are $85 advance online and $100 day of and include limited drinks from the VIP bar, taco tokens, and private restroom facilities. Parking is free.