The Texas Taco Music Fest is quickly becoming one of Houston’s most anticipated “foodie” festivals. This fun filled event brings together food, music, and fun activities in a way that is full of incredible entertainment and unforgettable moments. This year the festival will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Discovery Green which boasts stunning views of downtown Houston from noon – 9 PM.
Renowned restaurants are scheduled to participate in this all day event. They will offer attendees a wide range of savory, mouth watering, and unique taco creations that will surprise your taste buds and delight your stomach. There will also be a taco competition where restaurants will be judged by a celebrity panel who will determine who serves up the “Best Taco in Texas”.
The day will also be packed with live musical performances by Mind Shrine, El 43, Passion de Luna, and Jimencio. You won’t want to miss these exceptionally talented local artists. In between musical performances you can enjoy the mechanical bull, craft booths and other vendors. Your children will especially enjoy the special Kids Area that will be full of fun activities designed just for them.
For the first time in Houston Texas there will be a special performance of a centuries old ritual from the Danzantes de Voladeros de Papantla, Mexico, who will be performing on one of their unique machines that will soon be added to the Cirque de Soleil dramatic shows.
There is something for everyone at the Texas Taco Music Fest and we hope to see you there! A portion of the money from ticket sales will be go towards cultural arts programs and scholarships. So mark your calendars now to attend this spectacular event.
Texas Taco Music Fest – Saturday, September 16th at Discovery Green
The ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla is a cultural tradition of the Totonac people of Veracruz. The tradition dates back to ancient times and has been passed down through the generations. The voladores, "fliers," sometimes called hombres pajaro, "bird men," launch themselves from the top of a pole of up to 150 feet in height, and slowly descend circling the pole.
The ritual begins with five men circling a tall pole. One of the men plays music with a flute and a small drum. They then climb the pole, and position themselves on a small wooden rotating platform at the top. The man playing the music is called the caporal. He stands in the center, playing his flute and drum, and does a dance, facing each of the four cardinal directions in turn. “This is one of the tensest moments for the audience as he performs his dance standing at the top of a pole without a harness or any protection” (Ruiz-translated).
The platform begins to spin and the four voladores launch themselves off, and begin rotating the pole upside down. They are attached by a rope around the waist, but they twist a leg in the rope to maintain an upside down position. The caporal remains at the top of the pole as the others descend. “In their descent, each volador circles the pole 13 times. Thirteen times for each of the four voladores, for a total of 52 rotations, representing the number of years in the Mesoamerican calendar cycle” (Ruiz-translated).