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Weekend Pick: Taco Wars are the only good wars

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Image courtesy of Taco Wars Mexican Food Festival

The original Taco Wars, as we all know, were fought in the early 20th century when taco supply lines were threatened by trade embargoes brought on by the politically connected burrito regime.

Many, many tortillas were lost. And those that survived were never the same. Even the lucky ones often suffered from cilantro-induced flashbacks and (soft) shell shock. But, of course, we owe them all a great debt; tacos thrive to this day because of the sacrifices of their brave ancestors.

Um, anyway, that’s not really what the Taco Wars event in Sunnyside on Saturday is about. It’s a “Star Wars”-themed celebration of tacos, which makes more sense. It will feature 11 food vendors vying for the Best Taco prize. There will be no casualties except perhaps wounded pride.

It’s even family-friendly. Plus there will be beer to purchase from Sunnyside’s own Varietal Beer Co., one of the very best of the recent crop of Yakima Valley breweries. And there will be music from a whole bunch of local and regional acts.

The festival starts at 10 a.m. and goes till 6 p.m., with hip-hop and trap artist JWdeuce kicking off the music at 11:25 a.m. Tex-Mex group Alianza follows at 12:45. Then promising Yakima up-and-comers Fonozis bring their punk-influenced Latin rock to the stage at 2:05. Then the outstanding genre-crossing rock-ska-cumbia band Los Caipirinhos play at 3:25 before Bellingham band Perfect By Tomorrow caps the lineup with a set starting at 4:45 p.m.

By then, if you’re doing it right, you should be just about full to capacity with delicious tacos. In fact, your belly capacity may be the most likely casualty of this round of Taco Wars. But it will be worth it.

  • What: Taco Wars
  • When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: Best Western Plus Grapevine Inn, 1849 Quail Lane in Sunnyside
  • Admission: Free
  • Information:

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