NEW MILFORD — The second annual Connecticut Taco Festival sponsored by Bacardi will take place on Saturday, June 30, from noon to 6 p.m. at Harrybrooke Park in New Milford according to a press release from organizers. This event will feature a variety of gourmet tacos from restaurants and food trucks in Connecticut.

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Food vendors include: Angie’s Cocinita, Creamery Brooklyn Bison, El Coyote, Agave Mexican Restaurant, Papaya Mexican Grill, Chompers Food Truck, Flavors Food Truck, Salsa Fresca Food Truck, Samba’s Cuisine Food Truck, Sweet Harvest Food Truck and Greenhouse Tavern On The Go. Dessert vendors include Peachwave, Italian ice and kettle corn. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options will be available.

All guests wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages must show ID upon entering to prove they are 21 or older. Drinks include tequila shots, frozen margaritas, frozen daiquiris, frozen pina coladas, mojitos, sangria, Mexican beer and more. Soda, juice and water will also be served.

PhotoBox will be attending again with their photo booth featuring costumes and fun props. Performances and live music include Lucha Libre wrestling by WrestlePro of New Jersey and a mariachi band. Local vendors will offer kids activities and products for shopping.

Connecticut’s Official Taco Eating Contest will take place for the second year, with free registration at the Connecticut Taco Festival. Registration is limited, so all interested participants are encouraged to arrive early. The contest is for all ages; ages 16 and under require parental permission.

“Rhodacita,” a small pup from New Fairfield was announced the winner of the Chihuahua Photo Contest.

Pet owner Myke Furham’s submission stated, “This is Señorita Rhoda, aka Rhodacita, a one-year-old Chihuahua from New Fairfield. She loves a good fiesta, especially when she gets to enjoy some dogaritas in the summer sun. When she’s not eating tacos, Rhodacita plays maracas and takes long siestas, and she will be honored to have your vote to be the official mascot of this year’s Connecticut Taco Festival at Harrybrooke Park!”

As the official Connecticut Taco Festival mascot, Rhodacita has been invited to attend the festival, making this the one exception for Harrybrooke’s “No pets” rule. Guests are invited to take pictures of the winner and use hashtag #rhodacita to tag on social media.