There's something so satisfying about sinking your teeth into a Navajo taco. Warm, crispy fry bread topped with chili and piled high with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and onions, the flavor of the chili soaking into the fry bread, each bite a new sensation.
Whether you've never had a Navajo taco, never heard of one, or enjoy them at every opportunity you get, you can experience one of the best Navajo tacos anywhere while supporting the community.
"Winnie's Navajo Taco Night" on Friday, March 24, is a fundraiser for the Farm to Fiddle festival, which will be held Aug. 12 and 13 in downtown Hotchkiss. Winnie's Restaurant was famous for its Navajo tacos, said Farm to Fiddle co-creator Marsy Moore. Her in-laws, Bill and Jackie Moore, opened Winnie's in the early 1970s at the current location of Hightower Cafe and ran it off and on through the mid 1980s.
The chili was made from a standard recipe, but the secret to a good Navajo taco is in the fry bread, said Moore. Winnie's fry bread "was thin and super crispy." While stories vary, one thing for certain is that the recipe came from Kayenta, Ariz. "Oh, nobody made tacos like Jackie did," said Moore. "They were nothing fancy, but very popular."
The fundraiser itself is a community celebration. Music will be provided by Steady Petticoat, door prizes will be awarded, and the Hotchkiss Fire District will be raising funds for its car seat and booster seat program (see related story on B3).
Farm to Fiddle offers a day of live music, arts and crafts booths, children's events, a juried art show, farm and food vendors, and emphasizes local products, food and drink. The event also coincides with the annual Delta County Fair in Hotchkiss.
The festival is also a fundraising conduit for the Colorado Main Street Program, said co-organizer Lynda Cannon. The program is managed by the Department of Local Affairs and seeks to preserve historic commercial districts while promoting economic development. Profits over and above costs will go to the program, said Cannon.
Festival organizers are also seeking sponsors and designs by local artists for the 2017 poster, signage, T-shirts and other promotional materials, said Cannon.
The dinner runs from 5-7:30 p.m. at Heritage Hall, located at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Tickets are $10 in advance and available at www.squa
reup.com/store/F2F, or at the Delta County Federal Credit Union in Hotchkiss; or $12 at the door.