Top Taco, the annual culinary event featuring tastings and awards for creative and traditional tacos and cocktails, moved around in recent years because of the pandemic, and the last iteration was in Lafreniere Park in Metairie in October 2021.
Now, Top Taco founder Shane Finkelstein is launching a food and drink competition and tasting event featuring local restaurants and spirit brands. Titled Food Fight, it's scheduled for May 26 at Crescent Park.
The event includes food and spirit tastings, cocktails and beer and entertainment.
There will be awards from a judging panel and audience favorites for traditional and creative dishes, vegetarian dishes and creative and classic cocktails.
Participating restaurants include Besame, Boucherie, Emeril's, Gris-Gris, Johnny Sanchez, Meril, Misa, Palm & Pine, Silk Road and more.
The entertainment lineup features Honey Island Swamp Band, James Andrews and Trixie Minx.
A portion of proceeds benefit the PLEASE Foundation, which provides at-risk teens with mentorship and scholarships.
Food Fight admission is $75 general admission, which includes food tastings, spirit tastings, cocktails and beer. Early admission is $95, and VIP is $125, which includes premium spirit tastings, desserts and private bars and restrooms.