Between now and Sunday, Fresno is turning into a food festival hotbed. There’s is no reason you should go to Applebee’s or any other mundane place.
Instead eat here:
TACO TRUCK THROWDOWN: It’s tonight at Chukchansi Park. Eight taco trucks from around the Valley — from Madera to Visalia — all selling tacos inside the stadium while the Grizzlies have their final Thirsty Thursday of the year. You can buy ticket packages with game tickets and t-shirts ($18 or $23) or individual tacos for $1.50 each. Then you can vote for your favorite to help crowd a winner. Gates open at 6 p.m. Game is at 7 — but you might wanna get there early to beat the rush.
FRESNO BBQ AND FUN FEST: Remember that rib cook-off that attracted 10,000 last summer? Well, this is that — just with a new name, the Fresno BBQ and Fun Fest. Three of last year’s ribbers are back and five new ones are bringing their barbecue specialties to town. It’s underway now and runs until 9 p.m. at Eaton Plaza. Then 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. There’s no admission charge, but you can buy $75 VIP tickets that get you into an all-you-can-eat buffet with food from each vendor. More info here.
FRESNO GREEK FESTIVAL: The veteran of this bunch is the Fresno Greek Festival, an institution of Greek food and culture (and Kopi-watching!) It starts its 51st year on Friday and runs through Sunday at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. There’s all sorts of food to try, made right here in Fresno, with lots of love. The festival even offers a “Greek Food To-Go” option for Friday’s lunch. It runs ’til midnight Friday and Saturday and ’til 6 p.m. on Sunday. Everything you need to know is right here.
THE BREW OLYMPICS: OK, so this isn’t a food event, technically. It’s beer .. but, hey, close enough, it goes in your mouth. Sequoia Brewing Co.’s Tower District location is hosting the Brew Olympics on Saturday night, where 25 Brewlympians (they’re already all signed up, sorry) will compete in a series of beer-related challenges. We’re talking beer pong, keg-tossing, a beer-inspired obstacle course and more. You can’t go compete, but you sure can go watch. It starts at 6 p.m. in the parking lot behind Sequoia. There’s live music at 9 p.m.