If your idea of a taco includes a crunchy shell, ground meat and lettuce or a trip to the nearest drive-thru, you may want to rethink your place as a citizen of the Central Valley.
Here, you can find authentic tacos, and everyone has their favorite taco truck.
That taco truck culture will be on display at the annual Taco Truck Throwdown, starting at 5 p.m. Thursday at Chukchansi Park during the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game.
The throwdown — in its fourth year — is a good primer for those interested in the area's taco truck culture, whether it's Dusty Buns' hip, urban take on the form or the traditional tastes of Tacos Mazatlan (the winners last year for the People's Choice and Judges Awards, respectively).
The event pits a dozen taco trucks (carefully chosen by a team of hard-core connoisseurs) in a battle royal of tortillas and asada, onion, cilantro and hot sauce. It is the definitive word on who has the best tacos in town.
The event has become a fan favorite, drawing some of the Grizzlies' biggest crowds. Last year, close to 14,000 tickets were sold, making the event the second-best-attended game of the year. More than 21,000 tacos were consumed.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Arrive early to beat the lines.
The Taco Truck Throwdown, 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, during the Fresno Grizzlies baseball game. Ticket prices apply. Ticket packages are available at (559) 320-TIXS, www.fresnogrizzlies.com