Super DJ/Personality Big Al Sams to host this year’s Taco Eating Contests

The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival scheduled for June 2, 2018 will also feature professional wrestling and two new contests.

SACRAMENTO, CA – The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival, which is held on Del Paso Boulevard between El Camino Ave. and Arden Way, is comprised of several event components that has made it fun and unique among Northern California festivals.  Three of these events have become especially popular among Taco enthusiasts, the Taco Eating Contest, Northern California’s Chihuahua Beauty Contest, and Professional Wrestling.  But it’s the new contests that will focus on culture and history.

Big Al Sams
This year’s Festival has attracted the nationally recognized disc jockey and TV personality Big Al Sams, a favorite among fans of KHYL 101.5 (V101fm) and “Mark at the Movies.”  Big Al, originally from Chicago, will be hosting this year’s Taco Eating Contest, which is being sponsored by V101fm/iHeart Radio.  It is a contest that measures the person who can eat the most regular size tacos in 60 seconds, with the winner walking away with The Taco Trophy, a guaranteed $100 prize money plus the pot collected from the $5 entry fee.  Last year’s winner set a new record of eating 6 tacos in 53 seconds.

“We’re very excited to have Big Al Sams join us this year as host of the Taco Eating Contest,” Says Festival Coordinator Mina Perez.  “He’s going to make this annual contest much more fun than what it already is and I understand some of the wrestlers a joining the competition too.”

Speaking about wrestlers, Action Coast Empire is back for its third year providing some action-packed grappling, that will include some of Northern California’s most popular wrestlers, including “The Russian Wolf” Alexis Darevko and North Sacramento’s own Brittney Wonder.  The afternoon wrestling will feature for the first time, a much sought after wrestler – the very ominous “FunnyBone.” 

“We were perhaps the first festival to feature professional wrestling as part of the entertainment,”
says Perez.  “And our tradition continues this year because of its popularity and we always make sure we have men and women wrestling.”

Perez adds that the unique entertainment throughout the festival is what makes it fun, interesting, and ideal for the whole family.

“The contests and people winning prizes is one of things the Taco Festival is becoming known for,” she says.  “This year we’re adding a singing contest where all contestants must sing at least a minute and a half of the Academy Award winning song “Remember Me” from the Disney/PIXAR move “COCO,” and we also have a Crazy Hat contest - it’s a light-hearted attempt to rival the Kentucky Derby’s hat wearing tradition, and which history we share.”

Once called Rancho Del Paso, in the mid to late 1800s North Sacramento was the world’s largest racehorse breeding and pasturing ranch owned by James Ben Ali Haggin, whose horse “Ben Ali,” became the only Kentucky Derby winner from the region.  But it was the great stallion “Salvatore” that won international fame by beating Tenny in a challenge race that captured the hearts of millions.  Ridden by legendary Jockey Issac Murphy, an African American whose tragic story is yet to be formally told, Salvatore beat Tenny by a nose in the June 25, 1890 race.

The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival is scheduled for June 2, 2018 from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on Del Paso Boulevard in Old North Sacramento.  Tickets are $7 online (Eventbrite) and $10 at the gate.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information or tickets visit

The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival Scheduled for Saturday, June 2, 2018

Sacramento’s Taco Festival is returning for its 5th run, featuring over 25 taco vendors, lucha libre, a singing contest, car show, and the crowd favorite…Northern California’s Chihuahua Beauty Contest.

MASA Guiseria joins the Taco Festival for the 3rd year.
SACRAMENTO, CA – Northern California is in for a great treat again as the first party of the summer comes back to Old North Sacramento on Saturday, June 2, 2018.  The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival will be featuring a wide range of entertainment, car show, professional wrestling, and competitions that will be fun for the whole family.  And of course, it offers the widest selection of tacos in one place anywhere in Northern California.  City Council Member Eric Guerra has joined Council Member Allen Warren to be Co-Chair of the Annual event.

Once known as Rancho Del Paso, Old North Sacramento has a very rich history and was its own city up until 1964 when it was annexed by the city of Sacramento.  Del Paso Boulevard was State Historic Highway 40 that connected Sacramento with Reno, Nevada.  It was the birthplace of “Second Saturday” and at one time featured many art galleries, car dealerships, two theaters, a bowling ally, an ice rink (which is still there) and a roller rink. 

“The layout of the Boulevard makes it ideal for a street festival outside of Capitol Mall,” says Mina Perez, Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Taco Festival.  “We have businesses that will have their doors open and we’ll be encouraging Festival attendees to visit them and learn who we are.”

Launched 5 years ago as a private paid event, the Sacramento Taco Festival is the largest fundraising activity of the year for the Vida de Oro Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for individuals pursuing the arts, especially those in low-income communities.  Several major sponsors have stepped up this year including Eyeglass World, Downtown Ford, Farmers Insurance, Valley Health Options, HomeAdvisor, Regional Transit, the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership, the North Sacramento Chamber of Commerce and others.

The Taco Festival, which is held on Del Paso Boulevard between West El Camino and Arden Way, will have a singing contest this year featuring the Academy Award Winning song “Remember Me” from the Disney/PIXAR move “COCO.” 

“We’re really excited to have approval to use this beautiful song and believe it will bring out some of the region’s most incredible talent,” says Perez.  “We’ll be awarding two $100 cash prizes and gift baskets filled with $200 worth of items to the winners.  We have two categories, those 17 years of age and younger, and those 18 years of age and older.” 

Perez adds that all entrants will be required to sing a minimum of a minute and a half of the song, and they will be judged on performance originality, voice and singing technique, stage performance, and the impact they have on the audience.

“We’re almost done identifying all the Festival components, but we are bringing back and expanding the car show,” says Perez.  “Plus we are expanding our beer garden to include a margarita garden, we’re bringing back our most popular event, the Chihuahua Beauty Contest, and of course we have the largest selection of tacos found in any one location, so bring your taste buds.”

The 5th Annual Sacramento Taco Festival is scheduled for June 2, 2018 from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on Del Paso Boulevard in Old North Sacramento.  Tickets are $7 online (Eventbrite) and $10 at the gate.  Children 12 and under are free.  For more information or tickets visit