Des Moines Taco Fest was deemed the "Fyre Festival" of taco festivals. Now, the organizers, who have left a trail of disappointed taco lovers across the country, are hosting a Madison festival this month. (Photo by Joe Raetz via Iowa Starting Line)
Des Moines Taco Fest was deemed the "Fyre Festival" of taco festivals. Now, the organizers, who have left a trail of disappointed taco lovers across the country, are hosting a Madison festival this month. (Photo by Joe Raetz via Iowa Starting Line)

AZ Food Festivals, organizer of Madison Taco Fest, has racked up complaints across the country and at least one state attorney general is investigating. 

Before buying tickets to Madison Taco Fest, scheduled for Sept. 18, attendees might want to consider if the event organizer’s track record ruins their appetite. 

AZ Food Festivals, the company organizing Madison’s Taco Fest, organized Des Moines Taco Fest last month. Iowa Starting Line reported “attendees complained about long lines, an overly packed venue, how disorganized the event was, [a] lack of margarita options, vendors not accepting VIP free taco tickets, and country music acts being booked to play. A few also complained of food poisoning.”

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One user on a Food Lovers-Des Moines Facebook group called it “Fyre Festival, Des Moines version.” Iowa Starting Line reported the event’s Facebook page received more than 100 comments, but that page was no longer available Tuesday. 

Another Taco and Margarita Festival was so poorly planned and executed, North Dakota’s Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem told reporters he planned to investigate. That festival was organized by Adam Dobres, owner and operator of AZ Food Festivals, under the company name Kick’n Dirt Entertainment.

Complaints about Dobres’ events have also cropped up in Pittsburgh; Buffalo, New York; and Scranton, Pennsylvania. UpNorthNews reached out to AZ Food Festivals for comment but did not receive an immediate response.