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Who's cooking at Wichita Taco Fest? Several favorites and a couple of new restaurants

Wichita Taco Tour awards best taco to south-side restaurant

(FILE VIDEO -- JANUARY 26, 2018) A group of three men ate at more than 40 restaurants to determine the best taco in town. They chronicled their adventures in a blog and on Facebook.
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(FILE VIDEO -- JANUARY 26, 2018) A group of three men ate at more than 40 restaurants to determine the best taco in town. They chronicled their adventures in a blog and on Facebook.

Earlier this month, the folks behind Wichita Taco Fest announced their plans to give their event — which had a chaotic, crowded debut last summer — another try. The new-and-improved festival, which features taco sampling galore, is scheduled for 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.

Today, the $5 tickets to the festival went on sale at Select-A-Seat, and organizers announced which local restaurants would be serving tacos to the masses.

The list includes returning vendors Los Compadres, Heroes, Molino's, District Taqueria, Emerson Biggins, La Hacienda, Hot-2-Trot Gourmet Hot Dogs and Angry Elephant.

But a few new-to-town restaurants likeFuzzy's Tacos, which just opened at 306 N. Rock Road, and El Viejito, the new restaurant at 5518 W. Central, also are on the list.

Among the other restaurants that have signed up: Mamacita’s Golden Tacos, Loc Cocos Mexican Restaurant, Tacos Alondra, Egg Cetera, Pollos Dorado, Tacos Beto, Eurest Dining , This or That Food Truck from Arkansas City, Roberto’s Tacos. Organizers say they'll announce 12 more vendors soon.

Pollo Express, which a group of local taco aficionados named the best in Wichita earlier this year, also will be there.

Tickets went on sale today at wichitatacofest.com, Select-A-Seat.com and the Select-A-Seat box office at Intrust Bank Arena. They're also available at MobileComm locations in Wichita.

They're $5 in advance and $10 the day of the event. Kids ages 5 and under will be admitted free.

Once inside, people will pay $1 for street tacos and $2 for chips and salsa, and they'll also be able to buy beer, sangria and margaritas. The event will also feature a Tequila Tent which will be open for three hours and will have a $30 tasting ticket.

Wichita Taco Fest also will include a jalapeno eating contest, music from DJ Carbon, live music, games, face painting, a Kid Zone and more.

(FILE VIDEO -- JUNE 24, 2017) The first ever Wichita Taco Fest was greeted by lines of hundreds of hungry Wichitans waiting to get into the event where several local and regional vendors were selling their tacos.

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