The rain held off for hundreds of people to enjoy numerous taco creations at the first ever Taco Madness Cook Off in Murrells Inlet.
More than eight South End restaurants crafted unique taco tastings for the crowd as well as judges, who tasted blindly. An award was given for people's choice and judge's choice.
The cook off only had two weeks of advertising and marketing in front of it. Hot Fish Club, the organizers, did not anticipate a big turnout due to that and the forecast for rain moving in during the event.
However, the people did show up. In droves, parking at a least a mile away to walk towards some good tacos.
The event benefited All4Paws Animal Rescue and had recorded three adoptions in the first hour of the event. Here's a little about them.
All 4 Paws is an 501(c)3 nonprofit animal rescue that has a holistic approach that encompasses both the physical and emotional needs of rescued animals. We strive to save as many lives as possible while remaining a humane, no-kill Animal Rescue. The vast majority of our animals were homeless. abandoned and abused.
After all the votes were tallied, Russell's Seafood Grill and Raw Bar walked away with both awards.
Barking Dawgs Tavern's taco tasting was voted best original taco by the judges.
Here are some photos below from the successful cook off and we are already looking forward to next year's event.