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Taco Truck Throwdown 2 recap

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Taco Truck Throwdown 2 was huge last night. The Fresno Grizzlies report attendance at 11,463, with more than 7,000 presales. No word yet on how many tacos were sold. But based on what I saw, it’s going to be a huge number. Look at all those people in line!

tacojudges.jpgThirteen taco trucks competed in the throwdown and two awards were given: People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice. Anybody who bought a taco was eligible to vote for the People’s Choice crown. Six judges sampled all 13 trucks and rated them 1-10. Our panel included: Liz Gonzales from KMPH, Danny Salas from Q97, Jason Oliveira from ABC 30, Richard Franco from New Rock 104.1, Bobby Salazar and me. Here are the results.

People’s Choice:
1. El Premio Mayor
2. La Elegante
3. Dusty Buns

Judges’ Choice:
1. El Premio Mayor
2. Dusty Buns and La Elegante (tie)
3. El Super Antojito
4. Tako BBQ
5. El Mexicano

The complete list of trucks:
La Elegante (Fresno)
La Mexicana (Centerville)
Taco Sinaloa (Fresno)
Ortega’s (Reedley)
Tacos Mazatlan (Fresno)
Tako BBQ (Fresno)
El Mexicano (Fowler)
Taco El Rey (Selma)
El Super Antojito (Sanger)
Tacos El Palmar (Fresno)
El Premio Mayor (Fresno)
Dusty Buns Bistro Bus (Fresno)
El Milagro (Fresno)

Here’s another view of the crowd. And you can see a gallery of photos from Fresno Bee photographer Eric Paul Zamora here.

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If you’d like to read more about the event, check out this report from KMPH:

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

On the funny side, I spotted this Tweet from FresnoBites, who I ran into at one of the trucks last night (picture below). Here’s a link to some other Twitter talk on the event.

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We’d like to thank everyone for supporting the event. Mike Oz, who took a well-deserved vacation after helping to organize this event, plans to follow up with more stats when he returns.

Responses to "Taco Truck Throwdown 2 recap"

Natali says:

Congrats to all on such a successful event, once again! :-)

Kristy says:

What made the tacos from El Premio Mayor so good they won first place in both categories?

Heather says:

Not to take anything away from the Grizzlies, but I’d love to see this become a bigger event, held independently of a baseball game and outside the stadium. It could become a huge, statewide taco truck event, bringing trucks from LA and SF.

Tacos are what Fresno excels at. Why not make the taco truck throwdown a major, tourist dollar-courting event?