Belizeans who love good food all headed north to Orange Walk Town on Sunday, November 27, for the 6th annual Tacos Festival at the Banquitas House of Culture. The tacos came in all flavors and were made of “cochinito pibil”, grilled beef, pork and chicken.orange-walk-taco-festival-2
The variety and selection; you couldn’t possibly eat it all, but you were welcome to try! There was Baeza’s tacos of cochinita and chicken on corn or flour tortillas, or in toasted tortillas, Tere’s fried tacos, ‘San Francisco’ Mexican tacos, Haty’s Shmacum chicken tacos, Tortas & Tacos with Autenticas Carnitas Estilo Michoacan,Tacos al Pastor, tacos with tortillas hand-made on the comal. Nobody watching their figure or their diet here!
A hearty few accepted the challenge to show their tacos- eating prowess ina contest to see who could eat the most tacos with pepper! There were cash prizes to be won for those with the cast iron stomach to hold it all down! No points if you threw up, that’s a disqualification!All that salty food worked up a thirst, and there was also Caribbean Sunrise natural orange juice, Pepsi and Presidente Beers to wash down all those tacos!orange-walk-taco-festival-4
The judging process was totally transparent and impartial, and the judges’ panel had no way to favor any particular taqueria, as they had no way of knowing who had prepared the tacos they sampled. The tacos served to the judges were labelled only with a number, and the judges’ points were tabulated by plate number, and subsequently matched to the taqueriaorange-walk-taco-festival-1
The Youth Connection band provided musical entertainment, the Orange Walk Banquitas Dance Group danced the May-pole dance, the Mexican “zapatiado” and other traditional Mestizo dances, while the public gorged themselves on the smorgasbord of tacos and quaffed their beer, awaiting the judges’ decision.orange-walk-taco-festival-5
At the end of the day, Jessica Blanco of the Taqueria Alicia Chitos won the 1st prize of a brand new MABE stove from COURTS Belize for the best chicken tacos. COURTS’ Sylvestre Catzim and Cindy Rivero of Banquitas presented Jessica with her stove and Grace Kennedy Belize Ltd also offered a gift basket prize for Blanco.
The public also got to vote for a “people’s choice’ taqueria, which won an electric grill from COURTS, and a $200 cash prize from the organizers.

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The youngest member of the My Beautiful Belize family, Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


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