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Food truck expansion: Tacofest hits the road

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Tacofest’s flavors include chimichurri steak and peri peri chicken.
Photo: Christopher DeVargas
Brittany Brussell

Chicago transplant Oliver Naidas called on his love for and familiarity with encased meats to launch the Sausagefest food truck here in late 2011. Word of beautiful brats and lovely longanisa spread, and soon Naidas was finding it hard to keep up with demand. With an appetite to diversify, he doubled down on a sister food truck called Tacofest.

The fusion-taco concept was unveiled at this year’s CES, offering regional flavor profiles bouncing from herbaceous chimichurri steak and bird’s eye chili-laden peri peri chicken to 12-hour smoked pulled pork tacos. Vegans, never fear: There’s a hearty option made with grilled mushrooms, bell peppers, kale and black beans. Patrons can also stick to staples like burritos, cheese quesadillas and loaded nachos slathered with good ol’ guac.

Naidas likes to keep things fresh by creating items inspired by local events, such as a beer-braised taco served at last month’s Boulder City Beerfest. Tacofest is already frequenting conventions and UNLV’s campus, so track that truck on Twitter at @TacofestLV.

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