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Food trucks will offer unique tastes at International Festival

The International Festival will offer the sights, sounds and tastes of different cultures throughout the world later this month. 

Many of the vendors to be set up throughout the weekend in Elmer Thomas Park will hail from across the United States and the globe. But there are some  like Taqueria Galaviz  who are from Lawton's own backyard. The Brothers Galaviz  Caesar and Manuel  will bring more than 15 years of experience to their first International Festival with a selection of "straight from Mexico" tacos and other menu items in their own Taqueria Galaviz food truck. 

Caesar Galaviz promises tacos like you won't be able to find anywhere else. He's sure of this promise because even he hasn't finished the recipe yet. Their partner, Jesus Martinez, said the brothers  who don't speak much English  have been set up on the weekends on West Lee, near Scooters, to get their legs under them ahead of their first festival.

"We want to make sure everything is good and ready before we go to the festival," Martinez said. "It's exciting and scary for us."

The brothers have spent more than 15 years in the Mexican food business in Lawton and Southwest Oklahoma. They've worked as cooks at multiple restaurants, but have always had a dream to go on their own and open their own business. As the food truck business has blossomed in Lawton over the last couple of years, it seemed like a great opportunity. They acquired a trailer and then committed themselves to the idea of following in the footsteps of others in offering handmade fresh food to order without the hassle of a fixed physical location. Taqueria Galaviz was born more than a year ago. This month will be its first real test at the International Festival.

"It's something we've talked about for a long time," Martinez said. "Now, now we do it."

Ready for the big time, the Galaviz brothers are jumping into deep end of the pool by officially debuting their name, business and food at the International Festival. Ironically, Martinez said they've never been to an International Festival before. They're not sure what to expect beyond what they've heard, which is it's busy and there's a lot of foot traffic.

"We thought it was a good festival and a good place for us to really start our business," Martinez said. 

At this year's International Festival, Taqueria Galaviz will offer plenty of authentic Mexican food, including a variety of tacos, quesadillas and sides. Caesar Galaviz said they will not be "fast food tacos," but rather the real thing one would find on the streets or in a restaurant in Mexico.

"You do not get tacos like these around here," he said. "These are special tacos."

Galaviz is working on honing his ingredients on options like carne asada, carnitas and other favorites. Each will be made to order in the truck. Nothing will be pre-packaged or reheated. Those who aren't fans of tacos will have other options, including the trusty favorite, an old-fashioned hamburger. The ingredients, the food and the smell will speak for itself as customers try out their food, Martinez said. Galaviz even promises a little bit of a surprise for customers.

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