New Orleans All-Inclusive Taco & Tequila Event Adds a BBQ Competition at Lafreniere Park
New Orleans, LA – Top Taco presented by Modelo Beer returns for year 5 on Thursday,
October 27, 2022, kicking off the Halloween weekend celebration.
This year’s all-inclusive taco and tequila throw-down takes place at Lafreniere Park in
Metairie, LA. The one-night-only event will continue to benefit the PLEASE
Foundation, a non-profit that provides mentorship, leadership training, and
scholarships to at-risk teens in the area. Event producer Shane Finkelstein is using the
shift in dates from Spring to Fall to continue to grow his newly launched and very
successful FOOD FIGHT event in May.
"Our fans, sponsors, and restaurant partners loved Lafreniere Park and the move to
October. The park’s proximity to the city, ample parking and beautiful grounds makes it
the ideal location for our event,” said Finkelstein.
Amongst all the difficulties of producing an event in 2021, Top Taco’s move to Jefferson
Parish enabled event organizers to raise over $30,000 for the PLEASE Foundation
while putting on the type of event that Top Taco fans have come to expect. Finkelstein
credits the continued support of Top Taco’s sponsors and participating restaurants for
the ability to host the event in 2021. The hugely popular event debuted on the New
Orleans festival scene in 2017. Since then, the event has raised more than $100,000.00
for local non-profit organizations.
“Top Taco is back at Lafreniere Park, but this year we are moving to the waterfront area
and islands surrounding the spacious pond,” said Finkelstein. “Every year, we aim to
exceed expectations and this move will allow us to take advantage of the infrastructure
in place so that we can bring back our popular entertainment elements.”
This year’s event will include three stages of live music, lucha libre, the popular mezcal
tent, and the Casamigos Costume Contest, plus new and exciting art and
The big addition to this year’s event will be a BBQ demonstration and taco competition
on the islands in the VIP area curated by World-BBQ Champion James Cruse and
emceed by popular Mississippi restaurateur Brad Orrison of The Shed. Eight of the best
barbecue joints in the city will battle it out for bragging rights and NOLA Boards awards.
“The VIP BBQ competition is huge at Top Taco Denver,” said Finkelstein, “so why not
bring it to New Orleans and show off the amazing BBQ joints we have in the city?”
On the main lawn, Top Taco fans and celebrity judges choose the winners for Top
Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco, Top Creative Tequila Cocktail, Top Traditional
Margarita-- and new this year- Top Vegetarian Taco.
Already confirmed restaurants include previous winners Johnny Sanchez, Velvet
Cactus, The Joint, Los Jefes, Palm&Pine, Southern’s, Habaneros, and Felipe’s.
Returning spirits include Don Julio, Milagro, Hornitos, Herradura, Patron, Ghost Tequila,
Avion, Corralejo, Who Dat Spirits, Wetlands Sake, and Casamigos.
BBQ Competitors include Desi Vegas Smokehouse, City Pork, Smoked, Gonzo’s
Smokehouse & BBQ, NOLA Cochon King, and Frey Meat Company.
Fest-goers will also enjoy creative pop-up bar areas and DJ lounges, tequila tastings,
live Latin music by Otra and Muevelo, and eye-popping visual elements.
Tickets for Top Taco 2022 will go on sale Tuesday, July 12th with early-bird discounts
starting at $50. Regular ticketing options include $135.00 VIP, $105.00 Early Entry/First
Tasting, and $85.00 General Admission. Once inside the festival, all food, drinks, and
entertainment are included. Visit www.toptaconola.com for more information.
Lafreniere Park is located at 3000 Downs Boulevard in Metairie, L.A., ten minutes from
downtown New Orleans, just off the I-10 exit at Veterans Blvd.
About the PLEASE Foundation
The PLEASE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring,
leadership training and scholarships to at-risk students in New Orleans. PLEASE
provides all the tools necessary for students to attend and succeed in college
preparatory high schools. The ultimate goal is for each student to be accepted into
college and achieve their greatest potential. To date, PLEASE accomplishments
include: 100% of their 2014 -2021 high school graduates were accepted into college, 11
college graduates, 50 high school graduates, 36 currently enrolled college students, 2
students serving in the military, and 19 students attending college preparatory high