This past Saturday I had the pleasure and fortune of attending (and gaining 10 lbs) at this years Tacolandia event presented by the taco lovers themselves, LA Weekly. This is their 5th year of hosting this event and it was bigger and better than I’d ever imagined; the back drop and location provided at DTLA’s “El Pueblo De Los Angeles” was taco-eating perfection. As excepted there were so many tacos, and other things that go nicely with tacos, in my general vicinity I hardly knew what to do with myself besides cry tears of joy and eat until I needed a wheelchair. FOUR-TY vendors were in attendance and I’m sorry to report that there were no bad tacos. Yes. That makes me sorry because that meant I ate what felt like almost 40 freakin tacos, and I shamefully enjoyed it.
Unfortunately I was unable to try a few hot items due to the popularity of certain dishes/vendors, in other words quite a few vendors were “sold out” towards the end of the event, but with some of LA’s taco royalty in attendance like Guerrilla Tacos, Petty Cash, and many more, it came as no surprise I shoulda been there earlier. From what I was able to enjoy, the stars were most certainly Coni’Seafood’s marlin (I know) and cheese taco, Almond Kultures INSANE horchata, Mariscos Jalisco’s shrimp taco, and Loteria’s dessert taco. Like I said though, there was absolutely nothing I ate, that I didn’t enjoy or devour completely; huge round of applause for LA Weekly and all the vendors hard work.
This year’s Tacolandia was pure perfection, make sure to look out for it next year taco people and be sure to get your tickets early because as always, it sells out! Only sheer bliss and complete and utter happiness comes from that many tacos in one place, but as we wait for next years Tacolandia, I vote you get to working on your own taco adventure around town starting with a few of the vendors from this years event. Here’s the list curated by “the World’s First Tacorazzo”, Bill Esparza:
Ameca / Amor Y Tacos / Aqui es Texcoco / Bistro LQ / Cielito Lindo / C-V-Che / Carnitas El Momo / Chichen Itza / Chef Katsuji Tanabe / Chef Timothy Hollingsworth / Colonia Taco Lounge / Coni’Seafood / Corazón y Miel / Don Chente / EggSlut LA / El Pescadito / FIG / Finca Altozano by Chef Javier Plascencia / Flor Del Rio / George’s At The Cove / Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueño / Guerrilla Tacos / Jeffrey Saad’s La Ventura / La Flor de Yucatan / La Guerrerense of Ensenada / La Monarca Bakery / Las 7 Regiones de Oaxaca / Loteria Grill / Mariscos Jalisco / Mexicali Taco & Co. / Mexicano / Petty Cash / Pez Cantina / Picca / Revolutionario LA Food / Rincon Oaxaqueno / Rocio’s Mole De Los Dioses / SoHo Taco / Sol Cocina / Taco Maria / Tacos Kokopelli of Tijuana / Tacos Leo / Tamales Elena