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Hot weather didn’t stop people for enjoying Day 1 Taco Truck Throwdown 7

Culture & Community By MARÍA G. ORTIZ-BRIONES833 views
Hot weather didn’t stop people for enjoying Day 1 Taco Truck Throwdown 7

EXCERPT: Vida en el Valle

Not even the three-digit temperatures kept people from attending day No. 1 of the Taco Truck Throwdown 7 two-day event on Friday at Chukchansi Park in downtown Fresno.

Attendance was 12,382.

The seventh annual event, which is presented by La Tapatia, takes up two days: Friday and Saturday. The Fresno Grizzlies played as their alter-ego Fresno Tacos against New Orleans.

Saturday is a non game-day event with a Taco Festival and Taco Eating World Championship.

This year, nine judges sampled tacos from 28 taco trucks that competed for the Judges Choice award.

The award went to El Mexicano, with second place to González Taquería, followed by third place WTF: Where’s the food. Fourth went to El Jalisciense, while La Imperial and Quesadilla Gorilla tied for fifth.

Jovita Camacho from El Mexicano taco truck celebrates winning the 2017 Taco Truck

The fan’s choice winner will be crowned on Saturday.

Q97.1 D.J. Danny Salas has been a judge for the event four times – 2012, 2013, 2015 and this year.

Salas prepared for Friday’s judging “by not eating since yesterday by noon and today I just drink a bunch of water to stretch up my stomach.”

Salas said he learned from the first year he judged when he ate the entire taco.