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If eyeball or brain tacos are not your thing, don’t worry, several other types like pastor and chorizo will also be on offer. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Taco connoisseurs are prepreparing to host Mérida’s Festival del Taco. 

The event centered around Mexico’s most famous culinary export will be held at Mérida’s Railroad Museum from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28. 

Organizers say that a wide variety of tacos will be served. These will include both fairly common types such as pastor and cochinita, but also some more “exotic” types such as tacos de ojo (eyeball tacos) and tacos de seso (filled with cow brains). 

The event will also include a market with stands selling craft beer, desserts, and several other products including honey and artisanal salsas. 

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The official name of the event, “Tacocardia Festival del Taco” is a play on words as taquicardia in Spanish means Tachycardia. This refers to an abnormally fast heart rate characteristic of poor cardiovascular health — a pun not unlike that of the “Heart Attack Grill” restaurant chain in the United States. 

Organizers say that they hope the event will draw thousands of taco fans from Mérida and beyond. 

The festival comes on the heels of a growing number of similar events which are beginning to return to Yucatán’s capital after a prolonged absence necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Despite the fact that Yucatán is now green on Mexico’s epidemiological COVID-19 traffic light system, the use of facemasks and social distancing remain obligatory. 

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