TEAM FAQs

Common Competition Questions

WHAT’S THE GIST?

You sell $3 tacos all day to taco-loving lunatics, compete in a Taco Society Sanctioned competition judged by 40 trained certified taco judges in 5 taco categories, and market your business to all the taco lovers.

DON’T I HAVE TO BE A MEXICAN RESTAURANT?

Not at all! We have had all types of restaurants, and businesses compete. Just wrap up your finest protein in your finest tortillas and make people happy while having fun and making money.

DOES IT COST TO ENTER?

Yes, it costs taco teams $200
Food trucks with power: $150
There is also an additional entry fee if you want to compete in our side categories, like guacamole and salsa.

WHAT DO I GET FOR THAT MONEY?

  • 20’x20’ area. In front, there’s a 10’x20’ tent (with sidewalls), and a 10’x20’ area in back for your cooking equipment.
  • (2) 8’ tables, (2) chairs
  • A team Sign & Banner
  • Menu board poster
  • Power
Team Specs

HOW MUCH POWER CAN I HAVE?

Teams are provided with two 110v outlets. If you need more outlets or heavier power, alert event organizers.

CAN I KEEP A VEHICLE AT MY BOOTH?

Generally, no. If it is integral to your booths’ operation and/or adds to the overall flair of the event, you can put in a request with the event organizers. Vendor parking is available for utility vehicles and is within easy walking distance.

CAN I SELL FOOD?

Yes! THIS IS NOT A FOOD DONATION, like many events. You can sell any kind of taco, taco sample, salsa, and guacamole to attendees for $3 each.

CAN I SELL THINGS THAT ARE NOT TACOS?

Other items are allowed but only on a case-by-case basis. Elote, churros, rice, beans, salsa, guac, nachos, stuff like that, please let us know. Generally, beverage sales of any kind are not allowed. All approved menu items must be priced at $3 and you will make $1 from each item.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I PREP FOR?

You must commit to at least 1,000.

ARE HAND-WASHING STATIONS PROVIDED?

No. If you do not have one, please alert event organizers and we will offer guidance.

ARE PLATES OR UTENSILS PROVIDED?

No. You must provide disposable plates, napkins and utensils as needed. Remember, it’s an outdoor festival, so napkins, foil, and paper towel could act as a plate.

DO I NEED A HEALTH PERMIT?

Yes. Organizers will walk you through this process. It’s not complicated.

DO I NEED A BUSINESS LICENSE?

Yes. It’s a simple application and costs. We will walk you through it.

WHAT ELSE AREN’T YOU TELLING ME?

We need a copy of your insurance listing us as additionally insured. Details will be provided, but this is a simple call to your broker.

HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?

When you sign up, you receive one sample competition box to practice with. Then, on each day of the event, you receive four boxes, one for each category (chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and veggie), so everyone has equal time to decorate the actual boxes. Turn-ins take place every hour and are designated by organizers. You are judged on taste, presentation and texture. Winners are named in each category, but the title “Grand Champion” is cumulative from all of your turn-in scores. So although you don’t have to enter every single category, you should if you’d like a chance to win “Grand Champion.”

DOES THE TACO I SUBMIT TO THE JUDGES HAVE TO BE THE SAME ONE I SERVE TO ATTENDEES?

No. But remember, you’re representing your business. People want to see you put your best foot forward.

WHY DO I ONLY GET FIVE BOXES?

The taco categories are chicken, pork, beef, seafood and veggie. You submit each category in its own box (with six tacos in each box). For the other stuff, like salsa, guac, and anything goes taco, presentation is up to you – but there still should be six samples of each because each team has six judges assigned to it. We will have extra boxes if you’d like to use those.

IS THERE A PRIZE?

Yes! We pay cash prizes for 1st through 3rd in every taco category and an Overall 1st and 2nd place. Plus, there’s 1st and 2nd for all Sidecart categories. The total prize purse is varies per competition with the Grand Championship.

WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY PRIZE MONEY?

Immediately!