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Five Things to Find at This Weekend’s Massive New Taco Festival in Downtown LA

Taqueando arrives with lots of big name vendors

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Great news, Los Angeles: That big annual all-you-can-eat taco festival is back in Downtown. No, it’s not the former LA Weekly-run festival (though that too is still going on); this is Taqueando.

Taqueando is the work of longtime taco chronicler and occasional Eater contributor Bill Esparza, and it drops this Saturday at the Row in Downtown. The four-hour, $45 festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Row and features dozens of local and out-of-town taco talent totaling some 50 vendors in all. Here are five things to look for at one of the most anticipated food festivals of the year.

Some of Tijuana’s best

Tacos Aaron is a staple street food operation in Tijuana, with several locations throughout the southern city. They’ll be be making a rare appearance in Los Angeles doing tacos varios, a stewed taco option unique to the region.

And LA’s most popular

Tacos 1986, fresh off news of their impending restaurant opening (also in Downtown), will be hand-making tortillas and amping up the crowd as well. If their Smorgasburg stand is any indication, expect long lines for them as well Carnitas el Momo, Burritos La Palma, Sonoratown, Salazar, and Poncho’s Tlayudas.

Plus headliners from all across Mexico

Not only does Tijuana represent with Tacos Aaron and Tacos Kokopelli, but other cities and regions and Mexico will get to show out as well. Finca Altozano will all be representing from the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada region south of the border, alongside staple vendors like La Guerrerense, while La Embajada hails from Monterrey.

And Europe too

Not to be outdone, Breddo’s Tacos is also coming to the festival all the way from London. The busy restaurant does a variety of mad fusion dishes that are light on easy description but big on flavor combinations.

The fine dining fix

For locals, Taqueando may also be one of the few times to try tacos from some of the area’s best finer dining chefs. The team from recently Michelin-starred Taco Maria in Orange County will be in attendance, as will the Nixon Steakhouse from Whittier, B.S. Taqueria, and Baja’s own Corazon de Tierra.

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat festival this Saturday are still available, and run $45 a head. The full vendor lineup is below.

Taqueando Fest. 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA.