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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Taco Throwdown presented by Style Weekly

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VIP/EARLY ADMISSION Taco Throwdown presented by Style Weekly


+ Combo Package Available

Greater Richmond Convention Center

403 North 3rd Street Richmond, VA

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Combo Package + Convention Center C Craft Beer B Food F Music M Wine W

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All-inclusive.  Get a one hour head-start on General Admission attendees with this ticket.  

Expanded in its third year, this sumptuous culinary event, which has sold out since its inception, will feature 16+ artisan tacos (including the legendary chocolate "dessert" taco) from some of RVA's finest chefs, 35+ craft beers (and cider) from Virginia and the U.S., premium Virginia wine, and live music.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for a peek at some of last year's participating restaurants along with descriptions of some of the amazing tacos.  This year's restaurant/taco list and a preview of the featured craft beers will be available in May.  

Ticket Package Availability:

If you want a special weekend culinary experience, this event can be purchased as part of two combo deals.  These packages, available at the bottom of the ticket page, are as follows:

1.  Tacos & Grand Tasting 

  • Friday VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown + 
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting.   

2.  VIP Weekend 

  • Friday VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown +
  • Saturday VIP/Early Admission Walk-Around Grand Tasting +
  • Saturday evening VIP/Early Admission FARM COUNTRY FEAST!   

Here's What You'll Experience at VIP/Early Admission Taco Throwdown:  

  • Sixteen of Richmond's finest chefs will create artisan, handcrafted tacos with a myriad of different ingredients and spices.  The tacos will feature various ethnic and regional cuisines.  Vegetarians will have several delicious options.   You'll have the opportunity to eat them all and wash them down with 35+ extraordinary craft beers and cider from Virginia and the U.S.  You'll also enjoy live music and plenty of large sit-down and cocktail tables for your comfort.
  • The VIP/Early Admission ticket gets you in to Taco Throwdown one hour early (at 5 pm).
  • You keep a beautiful belgian-style beer glass
  • The ticket price includes ALL of the tacos and samples of ALL of the craft beers and cider.
  • We will have premium Virginia wine available so wine-lovers will enjoy themselves!
  • There will be great live music!
  • Based on popular demand, we have increased the number of tacos and the diversity of flavor profiles.  And, yes, we promise to have more chocolate tacos!
  • Awards presentation for the top taco chosen by our expert panel of foodie judges
  • Event will be held in the ballroom of the convention center
  • Dress comfortably - casual attire if you like!

This event is perfect for foodies and craft beer enthusiasts.   

Per ABC regulations, beer will not be available for purchase for off-premise consumption, whether in cans, bottles, or growlers.  

Restaurant & Taco Descriptions 

(these are from the 2015 event; 2016 tacos will be available in May)

Africanne on Main - Wild Life Taco

Aramark - Chorizo, beef & black bean with tomatoes and sihrachi slaw in a flour tortilla

Boka Taco

Capital Ale House - Pork belly tacos topped with roasted corn salsa, cilantro slaw, and roasted tomato aioli

Casa Del Barco - Braised Lamb Tacos with Mexican Coke BBQ sauce, apple-fennel slaw, crispy polenta and lemon-mint crema

Coco Bans - Chicken Curry w/Coconut Rice & Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin w/Creamy Apple Slaw

Culinard - Smoked Chili Braised Octopus, Mexican Street Corn Salsa, Avocado and Cojito Taco And White chocolate Grand Marnier mousse with fresh seasonal berries in a Pecan praline crunch Taco

India K'Raja - Chickpea Taco with Pickled Carrots

Lehja - Tandoor Grilled Organic Free Range Chicken Breast, Mango-Chili Salsa, Spiced Mint-Hung Yogurt Chutney

Mosaic - Three Day Prime Short Rib: Lavash Taco, Grilled Spring Onion Salad, Coffee Stout Glace, Crème Fraiche

Sophisticated Soirees - Taco #1:  Thai Chicken w.Fennel/Apple Salsa - Taco #2:  Local Veggie Blowout w.Tomatillo Pico de Gallo



Strawberry Street Café - pulled pork with chipotle slaw

The Hungry Turtle - Banh Mi Tacos - Choice of either Braised Vietnamese BBQ Pork or Lemongrass Chicken: Topped with julienned carrots and daikon radishes in a sweet & tangy brine, julienned english cucumbers, cilantro and sriracha aioli on a flour tortilla

Live Music provided by RVA favorites, Notch 9!

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