Columbus Taco Fest returns for a two-day event at Genoa Park in Columbus

Want some tacos? If so, the Columbus Taco Fest will return to its original home in Genoa Park for two days of tacos, tequila and live music on Saturday and Sunday.

Taco Fest started in Genoa Park in 2018 and returned there in 2019, before closing in 2020 and turning to Goodale Park for a smaller event in 2021. This year, a few dozen taco trucks will will settle in Genoa Park.

“It’s a place we’ve always loved and felt comfortable in,” said Hugo Albornez, general manager of Taco Fest.

Among the taco trucks that will be at the festival are Avo-rrito, Tacomania and El Tuzo Taco.

Visitors who want a full map and list should check the Taco Fest website, columbustacofest.com.

Most tacos cost between $2 and $4, and there is friendly competition among the vendors on site.

The Columbus Taco Festival takes place this weekend.

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“Everyone tries to bring their best tacos because they know the only way to make money is to have the best tacos,” Albornez said.

Tacos, beer and margaritas also offered at Columbus Taco Fest

Besides tacos, the Fest will sell beer and margaritas, with tickets priced at $5 a drink or $20 for five tickets.

Live music will begin at 1 p.m. on both days, with DJs Papi Juan and Cale in charge of the musical side of events.

Saturday’s headliner will be Columbus Band the Deal Breakers, and Sunday’s headliners will be funk and soul band The Deeptones.

Along the way, guests will also hear music from Los Borirengues del Swing, Al Son Del Iya, the George Barrie Band and more.

Puppy dress-up contest also on the agenda

Along with the spring weather, tacos, drinks and music, guests can also look forward to a puppy dress-up contest, which will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. The $10 entry fee will go entirely to RESCUEDohio, to support their work in finding homes for abandoned dogs. Members of the organization will judge the contest, which has three categories. The main event is for Chihuahuas (or dogs that look enough like Chihuahuas to fit that category), but there are also events for small dogs and large dogs.

“Every year people bring in their puppies, and sometimes they dress them up,” Albornez said. “Chihuahuas are a breed from Mexico, but we don’t discriminate.”

Costumes will be judged for creativity and uniqueness, with bonus points for owner-dog combo costumes.

Enjoy tacos, live music and more on May 14-15, when the Columbus Taco Fest returns to Genoa Park.

Taco Fest is always looking for volunteers (21+) to help serve drinks.

“Especially the night shift, it’s always difficult. We always need volunteers,” Albornez said.

Volunteers receive a T-shirt, two drink tickets and free taco vouchers. To register, visit the website.

In addition to helping RESCUEDohio, Taco Fest will also contribute to the Ohio Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, which helps service workers impacted by the pandemic. Donations to the fund will come from beverage sales.

“Each time we try to find more than one nonprofit to support,” says Albornez.

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He recommends that newcomers to the festival check out the festival’s “Survival Guide” online before attending.

“Come early, there are going to be queues, be patient,” he said. “Everybody loves tacos. There is no solution for large queues, especially for a popular event. We want to see people smile, enjoy the food and enjoy the music. That’s what keeps us coming back. »

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Columbus Taco Fest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. Admission is free. (columbustacofest.com)

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