Hosted at Centennial Park, Taco Fest started at 11am with vendors geared and ready to serve their unique tacos, including BurgerQue’s famous ‘Taco Tots’. General admission was five dollars, which included music from locals bands such as Soapy Tuna. Nearly 20 vendors from the local area supplied $2 tacos.
The event definitely sold tickets. A lot of them. It may have in fact went a little too well. Planners initially expected crowds of no more than 3,000 people, however the event attracted nearly 10,000 taco hungry festival-goers. By 2pm, some vendors closed to restock, while others had shut down down completely. This resulted in long lines and hour long waits for service.
So we were hoping for the attendance to be between three and five thousand… and out attendance was over 10,000.
– Danielle Gates, Event Organizer
Though the lack of tacos left many participants hungry, the fact that some of the proceeds would be aiding Valerie’s House, a center committed to providing care for grieving children who have lost a loved one, provided an upswing.
93x FM’s first Taco Fest brought the crowd, hunger and tacos that Fort Myers clearly wanted. It was a far cry from perfect, but it leaves room for improvement in next year’s event. Taco Fest brought a new tradition to the heart of Fort Myers, all while helping a cause that benefits the city’s children.