tacosSacramento restaurants and chefs: do you make the best tacos?


The Sacramento Taco Party is the place to showcase your skills! We want to show the region (and the country) the best food Sacramento has to offer while raising money for a great cause.


All proceeds from this fun filled 4 hour event will be will be donated to the Food Literacy Center (a 501c3 charity). If your restaurant uses fresh, local ingredients and you’re interested in competing in Sacramento’s best taco cook off event, please fill out the application below.


Some quick points:


  • The event will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (The Ultimate Taco Tuesday!)
  • We’re expecting an attendance of 1000 taco loving diners to attend this event. Each attendee will be served a small taco sample.
  • Your restaurant will be exposed to 1000’s of taco fans in the Sacramento area through our pre event marketing and day of event excitement!
  • You’ll be showcasing your restaurant and serving taco samples to all attendees.
  • Cooking will be done on site, outdoors at Cesar Chavez Plaza.
  • We will have a panel of official panel judging the taco competition as well as a People’s Choice award decided by event attendees.
  • There is no fee for restaurants to compete in the Sacramento Taco Party. We provide the crowd, signage, tents, marketing, grills and fun times. You provide the donation of food to be cooked and shared with guests. You will need to make tacos for at least 1000 attendees.
  • We have limited spots available for the competition. This form is to help us gauge who wants to be part of this event.
  • We’ll be inviting 15-20 of  best Sacramento area restaurants to participate.
  • Completing the application does not constitute acceptance into the Sacramento Taco. In the coming weeks we will contact the restaurants that are officially invited to join the party.
  • While this is a charity event, we will be giving each participating restaurant $250 to help cover their time.

Any questions, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you! After you fill out the form, we will confirm receipt of the application. More event details and updates will be provided as the event date nears.

Application to Compete in the Sacramento Taco Party

    We will have 2 winners in each category. The attendees sampling the tacos and casting their vote. We will also have a panel of esteemed judges selecting a judged winner.
    Our goal is to get food donations from local vendors for this charity event, however restaurants will be responsible for to providing the product for their participation in the event. If you think one of your providers would like to donate in exchange for advertising, please let us know 🙂
    Sacramento Taco Party will provide the grills for the event unless you have some special grill that you'll be bringing 🙂
    Cesar Chavez Plaza has limited electrical outlets available in the park, so we need to get a count of how much power is needed.
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Sacramento Taco Party

Thank you for your interest in our Sacramento Taco Party fundraiser.
There is so much interest for this event, yet due to the number of competing food events at this time, the October 11th event at Cesar Chavez Plaza has been cancelled. We will be refunding your ticket and processing fees in the next few days.
We originally intended this event to be a benefit for our charity partner, Food Literacy Center. Yet, because they're a small nonprofit with only six staff, the scale of this event would have taken them away from their core mission: teaching cooking and nutrition to kids in low-income schools.
Vote Tacos
But wait! Sacramento Taco Party is moving online and into our region's best taco restaurants!
We're throwing the kind of taco party that has no limits! We're inviting everyone to visit taco party restaurantseat their tacos, and vote online for their favorite between now and Taco Tuesday, October 11!
Our goal for this event was to showcase the amazing food in our region while raising money for an important cause. We sincerely hope you’ll make a $20 donation to Food Literacy Center so they can teach kids to cook their own tacos!
The first 75 people to make a donation of $25 or more will receive one of our VOTE TACOS yard signs. You’ll need to bring your donation receipt to the Food Literacy Center headquarters during business hours to claim your sign.
taco chainWe’re also encouraging everyone to share a taco picture on Instagram or Twitter with the #sacramentotacoparty hashtagOne randomly selected lucky person will win this epic hand knitted phat gold taco chain and a gift card from one of our participating taco restaurants.
Thank you for being enthusiastic about our event! We cannot taco 'bout how supportive Sacramento taco fans have been!
Check your email and our Facebook page for more upcoming virtual taco party details!