Tacos by day, tequila by night

Saturday will present a pair of firsts in Hayward, neither of which is an official city event, both of which are fairly blatant publicity grabs, but they sound fun nonetheless.

First is the taco-eating contest at El Taquito in the early afternoon. Councilman Francisco Zermeno is entered in the competition, which involves scarfing down as many of the restaurant’s carne asada tacos as possible in 10 minutes.

And the evening brings the Hayward Tequila Festival, which does not include a drinking contest, and that’s a good thing. Price is kind of steep at $50, but those who fancy themselves a tequila connoisseur or would like to learn to be a tequila connoisseur will be well served by the scores of high-grade samples that come with the price.

Oh yeah, Zermeno’s going to be there, too.

“I’ve been toying with the idea (of a tequila festival) for years,” he said. “There’s only one other one in Northern California. It’s a great way to highlight the city.”

He said that while people will be able to sample up to 40 small doses of tequila, they will have plenty of food on hand “to make sure no one gets overly excited.” There will also be a mariachi band and a raffle for prizes.

So if you party with Zermeno this weekend, tell him the HayWord says “Hi!”

Eric Kurhi