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The Slow Food Taco Challenge is a taco culinary competition to benefit Slow Food Bluegrass being held Saturday, June 16th, 2018 from 12:00-4:00pm. Each chef will prepare tacos and/or a dip with local food as their influence. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner in each of five categories, Best Taco ($500), Best Vegetarian Taco ($250) and Best Dip ($250).  The judging will happen by “people’s choice.”  The currency of the Slow Food Taco Challenge will be tickets, and $3 will equal 1 ticket.  For every ticket collected, SFB will reimburse the participating restaurant $1.50. 

Pricing:  Admission to the event will be free.  Tastes will be sold for $3 per portion for all categories.  All proceeds will be split equally with SFB.  There are no additional fees for vendors. 

The category winners will be awarded by attendees voting. Voting will be administered by ballot and each attendee will receive one ballot upon entry to the event.  The winner of each of these categories will receive a $250-$500 cash prize.

Set Up and what will be provided: 

  • 10x10 vending space
  • Electricity
  • Ticket Collection Boxes
  • Small chalk board with name of restaurant and farm

What you are responsible for providing:

  • A temporary health permit to vend.  Apply online at  or contact David Reed 
  • 300-500 tastes of your competing dish, tacos should be “street”-size
  • Other food to vend (optional)
  • Napkins, Utensils and tasting serving containers
  • Anything needed to cook and/or serve
  • 10x10 pop up tent, tables, and menu board.

Location TBD

Preparing your dishes:

The mission of Slow Food Bluegrass is to promote good, clean, fair food.   Because of this, we encourage entrants to use sustainably sourced ingredients and highlight local food items. All competing chefs are required to use, at minimum, one ingredient from a local farm in each dish they prepare; this ingredient can be protein or produce. Please note what local farm and their ingredients you will be using, as this will need to be included in your menus. 

What do I get out of this?

  • Publicity.  We estimate an attendance of 1500, so this is a great opportunity to get your food in front of a lot of new mouths.
  • 50% of all food sales.  We understand that everyone has different recipes and different food costs.  While we have determined the price for the competing samples ($3), you have total freedom to determine your sample portion to work within your food costs.  Additionally, you may determine the prices and portions for the rest of your menu, keeping in mind the 50/50 split with SFB. 
  • The chance to win up to $1000 in cash prizes, and the glory of winning! What more could you ask for? 

How do I sign up?

Just fill out the form below to secure a spot in The Slow Food Taco Challenge