Taco Cook-off slated for May 1 in Jacksonville

by Staff reports

Asada. Al Pastor. Fajita. Carnita. Guisada. A taste of heaven, tucked inside a tortilla.

On May 1, these gastric delights will be the focus of the first-ever Taco Cook-off hosted by the Cherokee Family Motorcycle Club at Commerce Street Drafthouse, 401 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville.

Club member Robert Dye, who is overseeing the event, said while he has participated in different food events, “I have my heart set on a taco cook-off, I’ve never seen anything like it here.”

The cook-off, held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, features four different classes – beef, chicken, ground beef and open – with prizes awarded to the top two contestants in each, as well as a People’s Choice award.

The club’s goal is not only to raise funds for the charitable projects it supports, but to mingle with the public, Dye said.
“We are all bonded over tacos,” he said. “We’ve done a few community projects, and we’re trying to change the stereotype (of motorcycle enthusiasts). A lot of folks don’t know the actual good we do.”

General admission is $5 per person, while the team fee is $25. Prospective teams can register through the morning of the event; to date, 11 teams have pledged to the event, Dye said.

Registration forms are available at Commerce Street Drafthouse, or contact Dye to learn more, 903-721-8169.

“We hope to involve the community all the way around – tacos are something everybody loves,” he said.

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