Pittsburgh preparing for inaugural taco festival to benefit Allegheny CleanWays
Tickets for Pittsburgh Taco Festival go on sale at 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19
PITTSBURGH – People in Pittsburgh are preparing for the inaugural Pittsburgh Taco Festival Sunday, Oct. 2, at Hop Farm Brewing on 56thStreet in Lawrenceville.
The brainchild of city residents Craig and Bridget McCloud, who are self-professed lovers of tacos, the festival will bring 15 to 20 taquerias together in one place where attendees can vote for their favorite.
“You love tacos, and we love tacos, and there are so many places in the Pittsburgh area to get them,” said Craig, who owns and operates Popsburgh, a food cart where he sells handmade Mexican-style paletas (real-fruit frozen ice pops) in and around the city. “But my favorite taco and your favorite may be different, and Bridget and I want to help celebrate our favorite hand food, and determine who has the best.”
Tickets for the festival are $10 and will go on sale at 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, through ShowClix. There will be two sessions from which to choose, 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Attendance is limited to 2,000 at each session. Ticketholders gain admission to the festival and the opportunity to purchase tacos from multiple vendors, and beer from Hop Farm Brewing while enjoying live music and a Chihuahua costume contest.
A portion of the proceeds from the Pittsburgh Taco Festival will benefit AlleghenyCleanWays, a nonprofit organization that engages and empowers people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County. McCloud is a member of the organization’s board of directors.
As of today, the taco vendors committed to attending the festival include: Round Corner Cantina, Doce Taqueria, Edgar’s Best Tacos, La Palapa, Mission Mahi, Pgh. Taco Truck, Franklin Inn, Grand Theft Taco, La Sabrosa, and more.
“Interest has been running high since our Facebook page went live a few weeks ago, and we’ve fielded calls and inquiries from many other vendors,” McCloud said. “We expect a large crowd and one of the largest selections of tacos in one place in Pittsburgh.”
About Allegheny Cleanways
Allegheny CleanWays was formed in 2000 and has been instrumental in engaging and partnering with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets and riverbanks. Each year hundreds of volunteers work with us to remove tons of debris from the landscape to improve local viewscapes, as well as enhance community health and vitality.