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The annual taco celebration returns to Dallas Saturday, April 27 for a full day of fun, festivities, and food for a cause

(DALLAS, March 2019; source CultureHype) – Prepare your palates: Taco Libre is almost here, and it’s tastier than ever. Taco Libre, Dallas’ original celebration of everyone’s favorite food, returns to Dallas Farmers Market for its fifth year on Saturday, April 27 from 3 to 10 p.m. This year’s event offers the festival’s broadest lineup yet, celebrating all types and styles of tacos. All food is served with a side of music and lucha libre wrestling, as legendary luchador Blue Demon Jr. joins forces with a dedicated team of tasty taco experts to bring Dallas the festive taco fiesta it deserves.

What’s New in Year Five?

● This year’s Taco Libre will feature two taquerias from Mexico City. The Consulate of Mexico in Dallas’ office has selected and sponsored Mariscos El Paisa from the Mercado de Jamaica Zona and Meche y Rafael from the Mercado de Medellín to be at Taco Libre. They will join over 25 other taquerias each of whom will serve a $2 taco. A full list of taquerias can be found here.

● Taco Libre is adding its first-ever taco contest, and taquerias will compete in four categories: Best Overall, Best WTF, Best Salsa and Best Tortilla. The contest will be judged by Steve Alvarez, the only professor in the country to offer a college-level course on tacos.

● Legendary luchador Blue Demon Jr. will come to Dallas to wrestle in the main event match with three other lucha matches to take place.

● This fifth year of Taco Libre brings back two musical favorites from past festivals including Austin’s first all-star Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, and Los Skarnales, who will perform a mixture of ska, reggae, rockabilly, cumbia, and danzones, all with a punk attitude. Newcomers Superfónicos and Mariachi Sol Azteca from the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy round out the music lineup.

● Taco Libre has partnered with Foundation 45 and 24 Hours of Tacos, two organizations raising money for Dallas denizens dealing with addiction, depression and other mental health challenges. 24 Hours of Tacos founder John Daniel has designed a map of taquerias at which to dine in the lead-up to Taco Libre, and the map ends with the main event at the Dallas Farmers Market.

What Makes Taco Libre Different?

● Entry for taquerias is invite only, and the lineup is carefully curated by taco expert José Ralat. “It was always my hope that Taco Libre would grow to fully embrace the diversity of tacos and the creativity inherent in taco culture, especially in a great taco city like Dallas,” Ralat says. “This year, Taco Libre embodies those qualities like never before.”

● Vegans and vegetarians will feel right at home, thanks to an unprecedented and unparalleled array of meatless options.

● The event is family friendly. Several other taco-centric celebrations are 21+, but Taco Libre is open to all ages.

By enhancing its lineup and serving the community like never before, Taco Libre stays true to its mission to serve the community more than just a delicious plate of tacos. As Prof. Alvarez says, “Taco Libre celebrates Mexican foodways and our common humanity through tacos. It’s building community through tacos, but more than that, celebrating what brings us together rather than what divides us.”

Listen to the professor. He’s serious about tacos and seriously fun — just like Taco Libre.

General Admission tickets are $17. VIP Tickets are available for $55 and include early entry at 2 p.m., two complimentary drinks and access to VIP areas and bathrooms. Children five and under are free. Tickets for children ages six to 12 are $10. Taco Libre Dallas is sponsored by Telemundo, Taco Trail, and Consulado General de Mexico en Dallas, benefiting Foundation 45. For more information and tickets, please visit

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