Taco time! Bushwick festival celebrates the Mexican treat

Just ink about it: Chef Fred Hua, from Vietnamese eatery Nha Minh, will serve a pork stew and squid ink taco at this weekend’s Taco Takeover in Bushwick.
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It’s a folded fiesta!

A celebration of Mexico’s most perfect food will spice up Bushwick venue the Well this weekend. The Taco Takover on Sept. 23 and 24 will not only showcase the tortilla-enclosed pieces of heaven, but also margaritas, Modelos, and plenty of salsa, making the event an ideal summer sendoff, said the party’s organizer.

“It’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall in New York,” said Kate Levenstien, the head of event company Cannonball Productions.

Those with tickets to the takeover event can enjoy unlimited tacos, chips and salsa, and beer, and each attendee will get a mini-margarita glass upon entry, which they can fill with tequila and cocktails made with the blue agave-based liquor. Each of the weekend’s four two-and-a-half hour fiestas will also have an nacho-eating contest, bobbing for churros, and music from a mariachi band.

Unlike a certain recent ill-fated pizza festival, the Taco Takeover has a solid line-up of vendors, with at least eleven local restaurants on board. Among the vendors will be Bushwick Vietnamese eatery Nha Minh, which is making a special, off-menu taco for the event. The restaurant will serve a pork stew and squid ink creation, which will expand people’s idea of what the Mexican meal can be, according to its chef.

“I’m very much excited to help the general public look at tacos in a different light,” said Fred Hua, who owns the Morgan Avenue eatery.

Other Brooklyn taco purveyor will include Williamsburg’s La Esquina, Kimchi Grill, which has locations in Prospect Heights and Carroll Gardens, and Oaxaca Taqueria, which has several restaurants across the borough.

After sampling the many offerings, attendees can cast a vote for their favorite crunchy munchie, as will a panel of expert judges.

And Levenstien promises that the takeover will not be a cheesy take on Mexican culture.

“We really wanted it to be authentic as possible, so there’s nothing there that’s stereotypi­cal,” she said.

Taco Takeover at the Well (272 Meserole St. at Waterbury Street in Bushwick, Sept. 23 sold out, Sept. 24 at 12:30 pm and 4 pm. $55 ($69 VIP).

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 11:30 am, September 21, 2017
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