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Sep 20, 2023

Our conversation today with Katie Mercer, Director of Marketing & Events for the Town of Woodstock gave all the details for competing in their upcoming WoodsTACO Street Taco Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from 11am - 4pm in downtown Woodstock.

Katie explained how the competition works - there are professional and amateur competitions - that feature five different categories: Authentic/ Traditional, Tex-Mex/Non-Traditional, Dessert, Vegetarian, and Showmanship. Guest judges will blind taste test and score the tacos to determine a $500 winner and a $250 runner up in each of the four categories.  (Showmanship is not determined by the guest judges.) Taco tasting ticket holders will vote for their favorite taco in each category for an overall $250 people's choice winner and an overall $100 showmanship winner. 

You must purchase your ticket in advance (click here to do that) to taste and cast your vote for your favorite tacos. There are only 300 tasting tickets available for the event with less than 25 remaining at the time of our recording. Tasting ticket holders will receive a wristband at the event and will be the only individuals allowed to sample and vote.

General admission is free and whole tacos and other fare will be available for purchase for attendees that do not have a tasting ticket/wristband. Taco sales will end around 3:30pm. There will be a beer/wine/cider garden sponsored by Woodstock Rotary. Live Mexalachian music will take place all day by the LUA Project. (This performance is partially supported by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.) There will also be a Mexican folklore performance. The event is rain or shine.

Learn more about WoodsTACO Street Taco Festival on their website: