Food Prize’s Taco Wars Set for May 4

Featured photo: The brilliant tacos from Tienda y Taqueria Sin Fronteras, who will compete in Taco Wars on May 4, 2018. 

Though I myself am overwhelmingly in favor of peace over war, I am also in favor of delicious tacos. And the team over at the Louisiana Food Prize have assembled a whole lot of taco vendors in one place for their inaugural Taco Wars event on May 4, 2018 at the LSUS Soccer Fields in Shreveport. The event will feature 13 food vendors – including some surprises, considering it’s a taco competition – who will be competing for a $500 prize for best salsa and a $1,000 prize for best taco.

While the eating and vote-casting take place, taco warriors can watch a three-match regional soccer tournament featuring teams from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The tacos and the soccer balls will both start flying at 6 p.m. Admission is free. RSVP to the official Facebook event.

A photo of a taqueria
El Bazar Mexicano #2 in Shreveport will compete in the inaugural Taco Wars event on May 4. Photo by Shannon Palmer.

Here’s a list of the vendors who’ll be selling tacos – of one kind or another – at Taco Wars: El Bazar Mexicano #2, El Cabo Verde, Parish Taceaux, Posados, TaMolly’s of Bossier City, Tacomania Cantina, Taqueria La Michoacana, Tienda y Taqueria Sin Fronteras #1, Trejo’s Mexican Restaurant – Youree, Uneeda Taco, Habaneros Shreveport, Choego Shreveport, and Sweetport. According to the press release, “best taco” will be determined by a panel of “local celebrity judges,” while festival attendees “will get to vote on best salsa.”

There’ll also be a screening of the hit animated film Coco beginning at sundown and music provided by 92.1 FM La Invasora.

I e-mailed many of the vendors about what they’d be selling at Taco Wars, and here are the responses that I received:

Choego Shreveport
“We aren’t one hundred percent sure what kinds of tacos we’ll have, but it should be something like this: Short rib bulgogi with kimchi cucumber pico de gallo, pickled sweet onion, and radish with yuzu serrano salsa. Plus, Choego carnitas with pear, kimchi salsa rojo, cilantro, and sesame.”
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Sweetport
“These are just ideas, nothing has been tried out just yet but here are my thoughts: Brown butter waffle taco with caramel ice cream topped with white chocolate. Chocolate waffle taco with caramel ice cream topped with chocolate and toasted coconut. Brown sugar waffle taco with cream cheese ice cream topped with chocolate and candied pecans. We’re also going to make churro ice cream sandwiches. The tacos are subject to change after taste-testing.”
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Uneeda Taco
“We will have these tacos: Chorizo, carnitas, barbacoa, jerk chicken and potato with chorizo. We are also debating trying our hand at fish tacos.”
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El Bazar Mexicano #2
“Foods that we will serve are tacos and elotes. We are hoping to offer all of our meats, including asada, al pastor, barbacoa and carnitas. Those four meats will all be available, for sure, on corn and flour tortillas. We will also be bringing our full salsa bar.”
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