If the song of the taco, 'round about late August, has continually drawn you to Boyle Heights for a summer Saturday chowdown, turn your ear to downtown. Hear it? The LA Taco Festival is drawing you from a different direction, to its new location, a location that's in the very shadow of City Hall.
Well, there shall be no building-cast shadows from City Hall at high noon in Grand Park, the location of the mega taco party's fifth outing. Long a Boyle Heights shebang, the free-to-get-in LA Taco Festival is going Grand Park, and bringing a host of stuffed tortilla specialists along for the ride.
High noon arrives on Saturday, Aug. 22, the date of the festival, and the last tortilla shall be served at 7 p.m. The price to get in? It's free. The cost to eat tacos? Whatever the individual vendors charge.
Those vendors include La Barca Grill & Cantina, Danny's Tacos, Kogi, Chano's Tacos, and several more. And, yes, there shall be sweet-makers on the grounds, too, in case you need to end your taco consumption on a cupcake-y note. (Mmm... cupcake tacos could work, like everything to do with cupcakes and/or tacos works.)
There shall be live music, and there shall be ways to not have to park (think Metro).
And there shall be a beneficiary, as in years past. The festival raises funds for Jovenes, Inc. of Boyle Heights, a non-profit "that provides housing and support services to homeless youth between the ages of 18-25."
"(D)onations and awareness" are the twin engines of hope behind the community-big, neighborly-fun get-together.
Half a decade in, LA Taco Festival is still doing the unusual (and classic) taco thing well, and the helping-out-of-others thing very well, too. You support both? Be at Grand Park on Aug. 22. Again, that's Grand Park, the savory happening's new digs for 2015.