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Salt or no salt? You can vote for more than that at this Fort Worth margarita festival

File photo of a frozen margarita “flight” (classic margarita, swirl, the mango “Dilemma” and strawberry) from Mi Cocina, scheduled to be one of the participants/contestants in the Fort Worth Margarita Festival.
File photo of a frozen margarita “flight” (classic margarita, swirl, the mango “Dilemma” and strawberry) from Mi Cocina, scheduled to be one of the participants/contestants in the Fort Worth Margarita Festival. Handout photo

Every now and then, Star-Telegram food-and-drink writers — mostly drink, in this case — will tell you where to have, say, a margarita to celebrate National Margarita Day.

But on June 16, which isn't even close to National Margarita Day, you'll be able to vote to decide who has the best margarita in Fort Worth..

Or at least the best out of a selection of more than 15 margaritas, as West 7th-area hangout The Yard hosts the Fort Worth Margarita Festival.

Presented by The AC Hero and Texas Festivals, the fest will give partygoers the chance to not only sample more than 15 margaritas from Fort Worth's best restaurants, but the opportunity to vote for who has the claim to being best margarita in town. (That may sound like a lot of margaritas, but they'll come in 1-ounce samples.)

Today is National Margarita Day (today as in Feb. 22 — but who’s to say you can’t have a margarita week?). Here are three of the best margaritas to try in downtown Fort Worth, just in case you are celebrating.

When you purchase a ticket at FWMargaritaFest.com, you receive a sampling card and voting chip. There will be booths set up from restaurants including Taco Diner, Mi Cocina, Salsa Limon, Baja Good Mexican Food, Taco Heads and more.

Those in attendance will drop a chip in their favorite margarita's voting jar and the restaurant with the most chips will win "Best Margarita in Fort Worth."

The winning restaurant will receive a $1,000 prize.

In addition to margaritas, there will be food trucks and street tacos on site. Entertainment will include live music and a DJ on the Yard's huge stage.

VIP admission ($35) starts at noon; general admission ($25) begins at 2 p.m., and the sampling runs till 8 p.m.; if you don't want to sample anything, admission is free, but you don't get a vote.

At 8:15, there will be a drawing for an all-inclusive trip to Mexico. Every sampling ticket gives you an entry while every VIP ticket gives you two entries for the drawing for the trip.

Additional raffle tickets will be available for $5, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Fort Worth Margarita Society benefiting Children's Charities of Fort Worth.

The festival is ages 21 and up and dogs are welcome.

The Yard is located at 3017 Morton Street in Fort Worth.

For further information and tickets, visit FWMargaritaFest.com. For updates, follow the Fort Worth Margarita Festival event page on Facebook.

Nothing makes the line go faster than a few margaritas from the Patio Bar. On an average Thursday night, Joe T.'s will sell 55 gallons of margaritas, and in a week they'll use 870 pounds of limes.

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