VISALIA – One of the best parts about spring is the variety of events being held every weekend. The worst part about spring, aside from seasonal allergies, is deciding which events to attend.
This weekend, locals will be faced with the decision of drinking delicious craft beer at the park or sampling tasty tacos at the mall, so instead of picking just one, why not try them both. The Visalia Craft Beer Festival will be held from 1-5 p.m. at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia while the first every Taco Truck Challenge will be held three hours earlier from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Visalia Mall.
Taco Truck Challenge will have live music by “Mariachi Universal” of Fresno from 11-3 p.m. and will also feature a beer garden Sequoia Brewing. Guest judges will give out prizes for the Best Taco but a Community Choice will also be given for the crowd’s favorite. The event will feature 14 food trucks including Brotha’s BBQ, Big Kahuna, KT Buggs Kettle Corn, Cinnamon Roll Shack, and Pita Kabob. But prizes will only be given for tacos. Taco trucks competing include: Tacos Galacticos, Four Seasons Handy Market, Quesadilla Gorilla, Gonzalez Taqueria, Tacos La Bonita, Tacos Al Million, Tacos Yanez, LaJacka Mobile, and Javi’s Tacos. Entrance to the event is free. For more information, visit www.visaliamall.com.
Just down the road (2.5 miles to be exact) the Visalia Craft Beer Festival will feature many of the Valley’s finest breweries as well as live music by The Flying J’s. There will also be food available for purchase. Local breweries such as Rocky Hill Brewing in Exeter, Kaweah Brewing in Tulare, Brewbakers in Visalia, Three Rivers Brewing, Tioga-Sequoia and Full Circle Brewing in Fresno, and Kern River Brewing in Kernville, will be joined by West Coast favorites Sierra Nevada, Firestone Walker, Stone, Ballast Point, and SLO Brewing.
Tickets are available online at visaliabeerfest.com or at Brewbakers and Howie & Son’s Pizza Palour in Visalia. Prices are $40 advance and $50 at the door if not sold out. Tickets include tasters of beer, a logo taster glass, and access to all of the music.
Free shuttles will begin at 12:30 p.m. from Brewbakers and Howie & Sons and are first come, first serve, but will be running continuously. Designated drivers are $10 cash and will be sold at door only. For more information, visit visaliabeerfest.com.