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Illustration by Sarah Hansel

While strapped for ingredients, Mexican chef Ignacio Anaya created nachos during World War II. The simple dish lends itself to customization and so, to showcase the many ways chips can be topped, the Sactown Nachos Festival will feature over 40 different recipes on August 26 from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Cesar Chavez Plaza (910 I Street). Mayahuel, La Cosecha and Chando’s Tacos will each put their own spin on traditional nachos while OMG! Yogurt will make dessert nachos out of frozen yogurt and ice cream cone chips. New eatery 19th Hole Cantina will put together some barbecue rib-eye nachos as well as a beer garden featuring Corona and Modelo. Local band PRVLGS will play live music and proceeds from tickets ($10 in advance, $15 at the door) will benefit low-income students and the homeless through Project Optimism. In sum, it’s nacho average festival. (I promise the offerings will be less predictable, but even cheesier than that pun.)