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Chow Down at the LA Taco Festival!

Travel to the Entertainment Capital of the World in Los Angeles, California, for an unforgettable vacation! 75 miles of sunny coastline greet you when you take a vacation to famous Venice Beach. Enjoy the playground of the rich and famous surrounding you at every turn, or head to the flourishing Downtown. Explore Hollywood and cinema history, or travel to historic San Pedro and discover the tale of how Los Angeles was formed. Walt Disney Concert Hall awaits for world-class entertainment, and foodies will never go hungry when they walk the streets of Los Angeles. From street food to Michelin-rated restaurants and seaside bistros, you’re sure to find a spot serving up exactly what you’re looking for.


And what better place to eat delicious street fare than in L.A.? Head to the free L.A. Taco Festival to indulge in amazing food for a wonderful cause! Grand Park is the setting for this wonderful festival in the heart of Downtown L.A. on August 18th from 12:00pm - 8:00pm for a celebration of the rich taste of the city. This all-ages celebration is centered on the wonderful cause of Jovenes, Inc., helping homeless youth. You’ll be able to enjoy great food and help the lovely L.A. community while you do! had a chance to sit down with Festival Director, Eric Hubbard, to get more details about this amazing food-filled event.


RAL: Tell us a little about the event.

EH: The L.A. Taco Festival will be held on August 18th from 12:00pm - 8:00pm at Grand Park. It is organized by our non-profit, Jovenes, Inc., dedicated to helping homeless youth in LA. Back in 2009, Jovenes had an ambitious idea to bring our city together and support our youth by celebrating a food we all love: Tacos! Somehow, there wasn’t a Taco Festival in Los Angeles, so we jumped on the opportunity to close a few streets at Mariachi Plaza, showcase some of East LA’s tastiest tacos, bring in some awesome bands, and create a unique experience where people can get full, have fun, and support a great cause. Now an annual event, the LA Taco Festival has moved to the heart of Downtown and attracts thousands of people from across L.A.


RAL: How many annual attendees do you draw?

EH: Every year the L.A. Taco Festival attracts 6,000 - 8,000 attendees.


RAL: What demographic does your event attract?

EH: The L.A. Taco Festival is a family friendly event and has a little something for everyone. Our attendees are of all ages and include families, young people, and couples.


RAL: What kind of activities are at the event?

EH: Beyond eating as many tacos as you possibly can, the L.A. Taco Festival also offers attendees the chance to engage with our sponsors in a variety of activities. This includes a cooking demonstration from Del Real Tacos, beverage tastings from our presenting sponsor the American Beverage Association and more. There will also be musical performances throughout the day!


RAL: What is the dining guests can expect?

EH: There will be 20 local taco vendors at this year’s event, serving a variety of taco treats. From classic favorites to unique flavors, the L.A. Taco Festival showcases some of the best tacos you’ll find in Los Angeles.


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

EH: The L.A. Taco Festival is an excellent opportunity to enjoy a fun day with friends and family while eating some of the best tacos in the city, all the while supporting local businesses and a cause that is important to Los Angeles.


For more information about the LA Taco Festival, please check out their website.