Inaugural Tacos n’ Tequila Fiesta debuts Sunday

Chefs and bartenders will battle for the title of best taco and cocktail

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Sunday Funday takes on a whole new meaning April 9.

Sixteen Upstate restaurants will be serving up their best recipes from 4-7 p.m. during the first Tacos n’ Tequila Fiesta at The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S. Main St.

Tacos n’ Tequila Fiesta is presented by High Spirits Events in partnership with Lunazul 100% Agave Tequila.

Aside from sampling all of the tacos and cocktails, activities include the Bartender Battle and Chef’s Taco Challenge, during which local bartenders and chefs will go head-to-head to create the best-tasting custom cocktails and tacos.

Participating restaurants include Willy Taco, Tipsy Taco, Toss Pizza, UP on the Roof, White Duck Taco Shop, Tin Lizzy’s, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, Liquid Catering, Restaurant 17, Breakwater, Gringo’s Cantina, Ink & Ivy, Jī-Rōz, Nacho Taco, Papi’s Tacos, and Nose Dive.

Three local judges —Brianna Shaw, executive director of Euphoria Greenville; Josh Streetman, head barman at Motor Supply Co. Bistro; and Logan Brown, producer with GVLToday — will vote on the best taco, the best sidekick (side dish or dessert), and the best cocktail using Lunazul 100% Agave Tequila.

The event will also feature a costume contest, nacho game zone, and live music.

Tammy Johnson, High Spirits Events’ chief executive officer, said she came up with the idea for the festival after seeing the explosion in tequila interest in the Upstate.

High Spirits Events sold more than 100 tickets the first day they went on sale, and VIP tickets sold out quickly.

“I have been involved in a lot of events in Greenville, but we have never seen as much as buzz as we have had for Tacos n’ Tequila,” Johnson said.

General admission tickets can be purchased at tacotequilafiesta.com for $40 in advance or $50 at the door and include eight tequila tasting tokens and unlimited tacos.

All attendees must be 21 years of age or older and have ID on them to enter the event. In addition to the drink tickets, there will be cash bars on site.

 

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