The first-ever Royal Oak Taco Fest will be held from July 1 to July 4. Over 40 taquerias from the metro Detroit area will be serving tacos, tequila, and other Mexican specialties.
“We’re excited to be offering a new, deliciously fun-filled Fourth of July weekend to celebrate great food, drinks, and a little Mexican culture with the entire family in downtown Royal Oak,” said Jon Witz, of festival producer Johnathan Witz and Associates, in a press release. “The Royal Oak Taco Fest will serve as a great opportunity to showcase metro Detroit’s finest tacos and impressive musical talent to kick off the summer.”
Cosmic Burrito, Galindo’s, Los Dos Amigos Tacos, Motor City Sweet Treats, Peace Love Tacos, The Nacho Grill, and Vegan Nova are just some of the food vendors that will be at the festival. Guests will have a wide range of options to select from, such as steak, pork, fish, chicken, and vegetarian. After getting to sample the tacos, attendees will be able to vote for their favorite as a part of the People’s Choice Award. There will be multiple different categories to vote for, including Most Authentic, Most Creative, Best Overall, and Most Spicy.
For drinks, guests can make their own margarita — with tequila options including Hornitos, Tequila Mi Campo, Espolòn Tequila, Jose Cuervo, and Don Julio — in the Daily’s Margarita Fro-Zone. Meanwhile, the festival’s Tequila! Tequila! Cantina will feature 15 varieties of Resposado, Plata, and Anejo tequilas.
The festival will also feature fun and entertainment such as lucha libre, hot pepper eating contests, taco-eating contests, and shopping from artisan vendors. There will also be kid’s activities, such as bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, and a splash zone.
There will be live musical entertainment from over 50 different performing acts spread across three stages. Attendees can expect to see regional and local acts in a variety of genres, like rock, R&B, alternative, jazz, country, classical, and others. There will also be strolling mariachi bands playing traditional Mexican music.
The festival will take up several streets of the downtown area. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 11p.m., Friday through Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday. General admission is $7 in advance and $10 at the gates.
For more information, visit royaloaktacofest.com.