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“Taco Fest” A Big Hit Friday

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Taco Fest
(Cell Phone Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Hundreds of area residents turned out to The Kenosha History Center’s 2nd Annual “Taco Fest” Friday. The Kenosha History Center hosted the event this year at a new location – Kennedy Park, along the Lake Michigan shore. About 13 food trucks competed for votes to be named “Kenosha Taco Fest Champion”. The event was free to attend.

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Kenosha Taco Fest coincided with the Kenosha History Center’s popular Friday Night Classic Car Cruise-in. A small array of classic cars, including a Delorean, were on display during the event.

The Kenosha Shriners sold beer at to raise money for their non-profit’s mission. There was entertainment on stage throughout the evening including a DJ who played “Achy Breaky Heart” in Spanish.

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Dario (10) Son Of “Tacos To The Face” Owners
(Cell Phone Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

KCE chatted with the son of the owners of “Tacos to the Face”, Dario who is 10 years old, but tells KCE he will be 11 on July 1st. He told KCE that his face was the inspiration for the logo for the business. “My parents used my face on the side of the food truck becuase I have a large cartoon-like mouth,” Dario joked. He parents truck would later take home the silver medal for the best tacos.

Kenosha Police
(Cell Phone Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)
Officer Payne – Kenosha Police Department
(Cell Phone Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

Kenosha Police were on the scene engaging with the community and handing out prizes. Officer Payne wanted to try some tacos, but was a little bust “busing a move” to some Latin music. “I’ll find my way to the tacos trucks soon enough,” said Officer Payne, a four-year veteran of the department.

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Five Senses Palate blogger and Venezuelan-American personal chef Sujhey Biesser gave a talk on the “History of Latinos and Farming in Wisconsin and the Evolution of Latin Food in Wisconsin” from the Wisconsin Historical Society Speakers Bureau. This was a stop on the Wisconsin History Makers Tour; learn about the Wisconsin Historical Society while enjoying tacos!

The Kenosha Public Library Bookmobile was also on-site for the event.

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The 2024 Kenosha Taco Fest Competitors were:

  • Tacos La Flama (2023 Kenosha Taco Fest Champ)
  • 911 Tacos
  • Antojitos Mexicanos Food Truck
  • Aragon’s Platos Borrachos
  • De La Rosa’s Taqueria
  • Grill Lovers
  • Gustavo’s Restaurant
  • Tacos la parrilla
  • Tacos To The Face
  • Taqueria Carranza
  • Picos Taco Truck
  • Pig Tailz MKE
  • Rockitacos
Main Stage – Taco Fest
(Cell Phone Photo by Kevin Mathewson, Kenosha County Eye)

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The winners were as follows:

1st Place – Tacos La Flama
2nd Place – Tacos to the Face
3rd Place Aragons Platos Boorachos

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  1. Looks like a great turnout. The downtown was once a nice and peaceful area to bring families. Now, most won’t even step foot because of the dumb fucks and bangers wanna cause issues. The 4th of July is probably going to keep the police busy down there.

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    1. What on earth are you talking about saying that Downtown is dangerous? There’s families and people down there everyday and night doing all sorts of fun activities with zero incidents. The 4th will be busy for but that’s always been the case.

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      1. Triggered. Buncha babies. Go ahead and bring your kids down there after 9 on a weekend. Betcha feel real safe

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            1. Haha. Right. I’m sure all the kids down there for the fireworks are with irresponsible parents. Idiot comment of the day

          1. So bringing a 12-15 year old child out past 9 is irresponsible? Wow I thought I heard all the dumbass comments before but hopefully everyone in Kenosha has their 17 and below kids Tucker in by 9. I’m sure your a great parent

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    2. What a stupid comment. I walk with my wife all the time downtown. We also like going to the different restaurants downtown also. Its safe. The fourth will be a fun time downtown also.

  2. So much fun! Our family chose different taco trucks so we could compare and they were all fantastic!!

  3. Tacos are an American invented food so yeah, good call on a Taco event in America. We need America names for the vendors though.

    1. You are King of the Idiots.

      American food was “created” by the mix of all the different immigrants who came here long ago. We borrowed ideas and recipes from them.

      Another arrogant white male who knows nothing about history.

    2. The origins of tacos came from Mexico. They have been americanized, like alot of foods. People tend to take the original food and put their own “touch” to it depending on their region.
      As far as having American names, you do understand that America is “the melting pot” of the world. So yes, those names are American.
      But thanks for being a complete meathead

    3. Texicans are 💯 American ….. same with OG Neuvo Mexicans —- VERY patriotic—— just check out the Medal of Honor list

  4. Kenosha News reported that “thousands” attendee this event but the photos from KCE tell a different story.

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