Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival has a new location, same authentic fare
Taco on a food festival.
The annual Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival will feature over 25 food trucks selling authentic hand-fried tortillas folded and filled with seasoned meats, beans, lettuce and tomatoes or a variety of ingredients.
The event will take place from noon to 7 p.m. on September 11 at the Terminal in the Strip District.
Craig McCloud founded the festival in 2016. It was previously held at Highmark Stadium on the south side of Pittsburgh after going missing last year due to the pandemic.
“What makes this festival unique is that we work with the Latin American Cultural Union and the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation,” said Chris Boles, owner of Lawrenceville-based Redfishbowl, a folk art collective that provides a platform for artists to connect through events.
The event features shows, food trucks, street vendors, beer and specialty spirits, an artists’ market, and fun family activities.
The organizers expect 5,000 participants.
A portion of the proceeds goes to the Latin American Cultural Union and the Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation. McCloud, who owned a food truck, set up the event to help other food startups and artists.
A large canvas will be there for people to paint. The Art Bus will be on hand for its final painting by Pittsburgh artists Max Gonzales, Shane Pilster and Phil Seth. On stage, Mariachi Internacional, Karibe Son and Gavas Beat.
Beer and alcohol choices include tequila, mango, margaritas, and Dos Equis. Food vendors include Moe’s Southwest Grill, La Palapa, Taquitos, Taco Town, Juniper Grill, La Catrina on Wheels, Mi Empanada, Tocayo, Vagabond Taco Truck, El Sabor, Caustelot Creamery, El Rincon Oaxaqueno Brisketburgh, Cilantro & Ajo and Allegheny City Farms.
General admission tickets are $ 10. Early entry for entry one hour earlier is $ 30. VIP tickets cost $ 65 and can be purchased here.