The Fajita Cookoff received its first cooking team entry last week. But two of them came in at the same time. RC Truck Brokerage of the Valley is a returning team that has competed for several years. In 2008 they placed in the top 10 in 3 categories and last year won the Showmanship award. On the other hand, Burns Motors of McAllen has never competed in the Cookoff before.

“We’re old hands at the Cookoff, said Roel Castro of RC Truck Brokerage, and we’re sure we’ll win again. Xavier Contreras of Burns Motors said, “even though Burns Motors has not sponsored an entry in the Cookoff, we have a cooking team with a great recipe.”

The Fajita Cookoff is one of the major attractions of PalmFest International Folklife Celebration held Oct. 2-3 at The McAllen Convention Center on the Expressway and Ware Road. Crazy cooking teams will compete with their favorite fajita recipes over the two days. There will be three fun filled categories on Saturday, Pan de Campo, Frijoles a la Charra, and Salsa and two categories on Sunday, Traditional and Gourmet fajitas. There will also be a showmanship award to the cooking team that has the most authentic Camp and Team Spirit.

“Teams can come out and have some fun with their families on Saturday and get down to some serious cooking on Sunday, said Richard Womeldorf, general manager of the Cookoff and Fajita Marshall. The two-day, all inclusive entry fee is only $165 with $3,500 in prize money and custom-made trophies for the top winners.

For more information on the Cookoff and entry forms go on line to or call the Fajita Cookoff Hotline 956-682-5566