This year’s Taco Truck Throwdown 2 is Thursday (Aug. 30). So if you haven’t started your pre-TTT fast yet, I’m going to recommend you do that ASAP. This year’s event, organized by us and the Fresno Grizzlies, promises to be bigger and better than last year’s — which you might remember was a monster.
People will, no doubt, have questions though, so I put together this handy-dandy guide to all things Taco Truck Throwdown to help you prepare for the event.
Keep on reading. Then come out and fill your face will tacos at Chukchansi Park.
WHEN AND WHERE?
Taco Truck Throwdown is happening at Chukchansi Park, before and during the Fresno Grizzlies game on Thursday. The game starts at 7:05 p.m., but the stadium opens at 5:35 p.m. and that’s when you can start eating tacos. Last year, things got crazy once the game started, so we whole-heartedly recommend coming early. It’s also Tecate Thirstdays, which means $1 and $2 beers as soon as the gates open too.
This year, we’ve moved the taco trucks away from the other concession stands in hopes of eliminating some of the congestion of last year. They’ll be in the plaza area that runs next to Tulare Avenue, where the carousel is.
Go here for more about directions and parking.
WHO’S GOING TO BE THERE?
Here’s the current list of trucks, but we have a few others awaiting final confirmation. If your favorite truck isn’t on here, chances are they declined our invitation. So when you go back, tell them to come out to Taco Truck Throwdown next year.
- 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)
I’ll add new trucks as we get them confirmed.
HOW MUCH DO THINGS COST?
Good question. Individually, tacos cost $2. You’ll buy taco tickets from the tables set up in front of each truck and trade them for tacos. The tickets are good at any truck.
You need a ticket to the game to grub at Taco Truck Throwdown. Game tickets cost $8-$40, depending on what you want. But if you don’t already have a ticket, the most prudent move is to purchase one of the Taco Truck Throwdown packages below. You get a T-shirt and a game ticket along with tacos (choose four or eight). Packages are ONLY available at the Fresno Grizzlies box office.
Again, because we’re anticipating crowds on Thursday, we advise you to buy your tickets in advance. If we have leftover T-shirts, they’ll be available for purchase on their own.
HOW IS A WINNER CHOSEN?
Two winners are awarded at Taco Truck Throwdown: People’s Choice winner and Judges’ Choice winner. Anybody who buys a taco is eligible to vote for the People’s Choice crown. Just submit your ballot to your favorite truck.
Our judges will sample all the trucks and rate them 1-10. Our esteemed panel is: Liz Gonzales from KMPH, Danny Salas from Q97, Jason Oliveira from ABC 30, Skippy from New Rock 104.1 and the one and only, Bobby Salazar.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
A few things come to mind:
- Bring cash. If you don’t buy an advanced ticket package, it’s cash-only for buying tacos. There’s an ATM inside the stadium, but why not come prepared?
- Your social media prowess. Use the #TacoTruckThrowdown hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.
- Your friends. All the ones who love tacos.
Thanks for everyone who has helped spread the word so far: