Calling all taco lovers. If you can’t resist the right combo of heat and garnish, have specific preferences about flour vs. corn tortilla, and/or otherwise consider yourself a taco connoisseur, Highwood has a festival with your name on it.
The 4th annual North Shore Taco Fest on Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21—held around the Highwood Metra Station in downtown Highwood—will feature more than 20 vendors serving creative variations of tacos, including local favorites such as La Casa de Isaac, The Otherdoor, La Plancha Loca, the Mean Wiener, and Taco Vida. Adults can also enjoy beer, margaritas, and sangria from the bar.
(Yes, we know. It doesn’t get better than this.) And yet … it does.
On top of the taco festival, there will also be a 5K and pet-friendly walk on Saturday morning (June 20) to benefit the North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic, which provides immigration, domes- tic violence, and legal services to those in need. Since opening four years ago, the clinic has helped 1,500 people become U.S. citizens, stay in their homes, and escape abusive relationships.
“We are thrilled and thankful to partner with Celebrate Highwood and be the beneficiary of the Annual Taco Run. The funds from the 5K support the important work of the clinic and allow us to continue to provide access to justice to those in need,” says the clinic’s Executive Director Susan Shulman.“We hope to double our efforts this year with increased participation in the race.”
The start/finish line will be in front of the Bent Fork Bakery in downtown Highwood. Registration costs $35 and includes a T-shirt; a voucher for a free taco and beer or margarita; and a three-day pass to the Equinox fitness facility in Highland Park. Strollers, pets, scooters, wagons, and bikes are welcome for the 1.6K family-friendly walk.
Taco Fest attendees can also vote in the “People’s Choice Award,” sponsored by Highland Park Bank & Trust and Bank of Highwood-Fort Sheridan for the best authentic, unique, and healthy tacos.
Last year, La Plancha Loca received Most Authentic Taco for their al pastor taco; Elsie Mae’s Canning and Pies received Best Unique Taco for their dessert tacos; and The Otherdoor received Best Healthy Taco for their duck confit taco. All three will return this year, so be sure to check them out.
This year’s winners will be announced onstage on Sunday at 6 p.m.
The Taco Fest and Taco Run are part of Celebrate Highwood’s 51st annual Highwood Days celebration, which will take place rain or shine on Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21. Highwood Days celebration features exciting carnival games and rides, rockin’performances from 11 live bands, and food from many local vendors.
For more information, visit celebratehighwood.org.