First Novi Taco Fest, Art Fair brings weekend fiesta to Fountain Walk

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Raise your hand, or a margarita glass, if you like tacos with an artistic edge.

If so, get ready for a fiesta of the highest quality August 26-28 in Novi.

The first-ever Novi Taco Fest & Novi Fine Art Fair will take over from Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk the last weekend of August, and tacos and art are just the beginning.

Along with at least 35 (thirty-five!) taco trucks and 40 performers, there will be Latin-themed musical entertainment, lucha libre wrestling, animal and human taste bud contests. , And much more.

“We have cultural programming with dancing, Latin-flavored live music and, of course, tacos, tacos, tacos,” laughs Karyn Stetz, director of the Art as Healing Foundation, a nonprofit organization. visual arts non-profit and event organizer. “We have nearly three dozen food trucks.”

Stetz, whose organization has been organizing art fairs and exhibitions since 2016, began planning the Novi event in February, knowing that the artistic part requires two rounds as artists are carefully selected as part of a jury . Originally thinking she would add a handful of themed food trucks to the traditional art fair for fun, the idea exceeded her wildest dreams. When she posted the event with the added food element on social media, over 6,000 people responded overnight that they were interested.

Hundreds of tacos will be prepared at more than 35 food trucks, including one from Que Pasa Taqueria, during the Novi Taco Fest & Art Fair, August 26-28 at Fountain Walk.

Now, she says, it’s more of a taco festival with an art fair than the other way around, though the importance of spotlighting artists, especially women and minorities who struggle to be seen in galleries and other highly competitive venues, cannot be overstated.

Award-winning artists from across the Midwest will bring with them a variety of works for sale, including paintings, jewelry, pottery, and more.

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The art also continues in a showcase of music and dance performances, including Ballet Folklorico de Detroit on Saturdays and Raices Mexicanas de Detroit on Sundays.

Other artists yet to be announced will also perform on entertainment stages set up with a large tent on a grassy area between Powerhouse Gym and Chuck E. Cheese, while art booths and food trucks will have spots in the parking lot. near.

For the price of admission, which is $5 in advance, $10 at the door, or $10 for a weekend pass, attendees can also view Luchra Libre wrestling and can participate in games on grass and fun competitions. Bring your leashed, non-aggressive pet to compete for the cutest dog. If your beast doesn’t qualify, see if you’re up to a food challenge and enter a chili contest to see if you can handle the heat, or a taco contest to see how fast you can eat the treats compared to your amigos.

But don’t limit yourself to tacos – there will be plenty more to enjoy, including fajitas, burritos, quesadillas, churros and of course, margaritas and tequila.

“It’s going to be a really fun event,” said Stetz, who expects between 10,000 and 20,000 guests at the event. “It’s not something to miss, especially if you like tacos, Mexican food and Latin culture. And of course margaritas, everyone loves a margarita with tacos.

This fiesta is truly the whole enchilada.

The Novi Taco Fest & Novi Art Fair will take place from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., August 26; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., August 27; and from noon to 8 p.m., August 28 at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road (near Emagine). For more information and tickets, visit www.novitacofest.com.

There will be a variety of tacos from 35 food trucks at the first-ever Novi Taco Fest & Novi Art Fair, taking place August 26-28 at Fountain Walk.

Contact reporter Susan Bromley at [email protected] or 517-281-2412. Follow her on Twitter @SusanBromley10.

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