Taco Rumble

An all-star crew of Texas’ best taqueros and chefs will clash when Taco Rumble returns to the Alamo City.

This year, the sizzling competition will take over the picturesque grounds of The San Antonio Museum of Art. Conveniently located downtown, the museum graces the historic former Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of the San Antonio River Walk.

Expanding on last year’s San Antonio vs. Austin battle, taco talent from across Texas will be turning up the heat in celebration of one of Texas’ most beloved dishes. Firing up the comal will be:

• Chef Thomas Bille — Belly of the Beast (Houston)• Chef Victoria Elizondo — Cochinita & Co. (Houston)• Chef Rick Lopez — La Condesa (Austin)• Chef Julio Paz — Fairmont Austin• Chefs Jacob Gonzales & Matt Garcia — The Fajita Lounge• Chef James Moore — Full Belly Café + Bar• Chef Nicola Blaque — The Jerk Shack• Chef Jesse “Kirk” Kuykendall — Milpa• Chef Tony Ibarra — La Mina (Dallas)• Chef James Ballentine — Ninja Pig (Austin, 2021 Texas Food & Wine Alliance grant recipient)• Chef Carlos Gonzalez — Panfila Cantina• Chef Ceasar Zepeda — Sangria on the Burg• Chef Paul Morales — Tacos Cucuy• Taquero Daniel Cobos — Vaquero Taquero (Austin) In addition to showcasing the best in taco craftsmanship, Taco Rumble will feature sweet treats, an impressive selection of wines, craft beer, and premium spirits tastings. The Alliance will announce more chefs in the upcoming weeks.

The Taco Rumble VIP experience includes access to the Casa Noble lounge at Tre Trattoria and early entry at 7 pm. Guests will enjoy specialty cocktails and exclusive bites from celebrity chef Jason Dady paired with Casa Noble’s award-winning tequila portfolio — including the new ultra-premium offering Marqués de Casa Noble. A skillful blend of 21 añejos and extra añejos, Marqués de Casa Noble is meticulously crafted from start to finish for an unrivaled taste.

The Taco Rumble VIP experience is $150, and limited passes are available. Tickets are expected to sell quickly and are available for online purchase now.

Taco Rumble is a signature fundraiser for the San Antonio Food & Wine Alliance, the culinary nonprofit dedicated to fostering awareness, support, and innovation in the South Texas food and beverage community. Proceeds from the signature tasting event will help SAFWA give back to the local culinary community through a vibrant grant program for entrepreneurs and nonprofits focused on culinary innovation and community giveback.

As part of the Texas Food & Wine Alliance, SAFWA hosts engaging culinary events throughout the year to raise funds for local grants. The unique grant program is the nation’s first based on culinary innovation and community giveback. Since 2012, the Texas Food & Wine Alliance has awarded $421,000 in grants to fund groundbreaking culinary projects.


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