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 taco 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.

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ENTER?

Contact Katelin@TheTacoGroup.com for info on the City you’d like to compete in.

Team Specs

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, as long as there is one $3 taco on your menu at all times for the full duration of the event. Selling out of your $3 taco before the conclusion of the event could forfeit your team from the Taco Society competition.

CAN I SELL THINGS THAT ARE NOT TACOS?

Additional items are allowed, but we ask that tacos (especially your $3 taco) are the main focus. Generally, beverage sales of any kind are not allowed.

HOW MUCH SHOULD I PREP FOR?

You must commit to at least 1,200 tacos. Although taco sales are not guaranteed, this amount is a historic average for teams competing in the festival. We request a minimum taco amount from teams to ensure teams are prepared and will last the duration of the event. More taco sales = more cash in your pocket.

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?

Visit your City’s team application to check requirements.

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?

There are 5 taco categories you can (and are encouraged) to enter- chicken, pork, beef, seafood, and veggie. On the morning of the event, your team will receive 1 box for each of the 5 competition categories. Each competition box holds 6 tacos. Each competition category has a designated turn-in time, which typically takes place every hour on the hour. At each designated time, Taco Teams must insert their 6 tacos for that category into their provided competition box and head straight to the judges tent onsite for submission. Teams will then be judged on taste, presentation and execution for each category. 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 regional “Grand Champion” for the big $10,000. Winning regional teams will be invited to advance to the final Grand Championships in Las Vegas for the $100,000 jackpot.

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.

IS THERE A PRIZE?

You bet!

WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY PRIZE MONEY?

Immediately!