$52,000 Raised for CSC!

On Friday June 7th, we committed to delivering the following: thirst quenching brews, delicious tacos, and a darn tootin’ good time. We’re pumped to say that the 7th annual Waterloo Region Tacofest did just that, raising over $52,000 for the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). Since 2013, the event has raised over $242,000 for Meals on Wheels, and that is a HUGE deal thanks to our supporters like you!

Congratulations to Gilt Restaurant and Lounge who not only took home The Golden Taco for their octopus taco, but they were also awarded The People’s Choice Trophy. Once again, like a true veteran, Cafe Pyrus proudly took home the Vegetarian Victor. The Best Brew went to newcomer Von Bugle Brewery and our People’s Brew was awarded to Jackass Brewing, also a newcomer. In the brew department, the newbies really cleaned up!

Alongside you, our lovely Tacofesters, this event would not be possible without the support of our Sponsors.

For the fourth year in a row, we welcomed our Transportation Sponsor, Heffner Toyota, whose support ensured Tacofesters had a safe ride home. Making their first appearance this year, our Green Sponsor Freedom 55 Financial provided reusable glassware. Entertainment Sponsor Brick and Co. Restorations Ltd. brought back Loops N Jamzz DJs which had Tacofesters on their feet all night long.

A special thanks to our new Tent Sponsor Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada for providing our Toyota Tacofest Good Times Tent. Though we were finally prepared for rain, we were so happy that instead of keeping the rain away, these tents provided us with some shade. We also want to give a shout out to Platinum Sponsor MTE Consultants, Gold Sponsors Veriform and Lanark Village, Silver Sponsor Josslin Insurance and Bronze Sponsor Get It While It’s Hot. Thanks as well to our Print Sponsor, Westmount Signs who provided all the signage at Tacofest.

Thank you to The Waterloo Region RecordDAVE Rocks and 91.5 The Beat for helping us get the word out about Tacofest and CSC!

Your brews were kept cool thanks to our Ice Sponsor, Bingemans and your faces (and arms, heads, and anywhere else) were covered with fiesta flair thanks to Bre Creative.

We are grateful to the talented Sylvia Pond Photography who comes year after year to capture amazing shots of the night.

We’re not tech savvy but thankfully we’ve got My IT GUY, who keeps our Tacofest website up and running.

Spearhead Barber & Supply were out again this year with all proceeds from their haircuts and beard trims going to CSC!

Last but certainly not least, thanks to our 16 taco vendors and 16 craft brewers who donate 100% of their food and beverages, allowing all the proceeds raised to go towards CSC. You guys are the bread and butter of our event and we are over the moon for your constant support. Tacofesters, please go out this summer for a bite and a pint and visit our generous friends.

Taco Vendors

B@THEMUSEUM

Bingemans

The Bruce Craft House

Cafe Pyrus

Charcoal Steakhouse

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

Ethel’s Lounge

Fork and Cork Grill

Gilt Restaurant and Lounge

The Grand Trunk Saloon

Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Swine and Vine

The Rich Uncle Tavern

Taco Farm

TWH Social

QDOBA Mexican Eats

Beer Vendors

Anderson Craft Ales

Block Three Brewing Co.

Descendants Beer and Beverage Co.

Elora Brewing Company

Four Fathers Brewing

Hespeler Brewing Co.

Innocente Brewing Co.

Jackass Brewing

KW Craft Cider

North Works Brewing Co.

Muskoka Brewery

Steam Whistle

Together We’re Bitter Co-Operative Brewing

Von Bugle Brewing

Wellington Brewery

Waterloo Brewing

On the night of, we need an army of volunteers to help with event logistics and in the hot, hot, heat, a huge group from WalterFedy helped with outdoor setup. We seriously couldn’t have done it without you.

And finally, thank you so much to our sweet and generous Tacofest Committee who put in several hours helping to plan Tacofest and making it such a great event. Thank you Saibal Chakraburtty, Scott Thomson, Mike Brown, Alex Kinsella, and newcomer Sylvia Pond!

Once again, thanks to everyone who came out in support of CSC, a local organization who works with hundreds of volunteers to serve over 7,500 seniors and adults with disabilities in our community. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation to help people live in their own homes independently, please check out their website. To receive updates about Tacofest and all the amazing events happening throughout the year at CSC, click here to sign up for their monthly e-newsletter.

We’ll be sending out a survey soon via our social media channels, but if you would like to share feedback on your experience at Tacofest, please feel free to contact Andrea Mondoux at andream@cscmow.org

Until next year…

Sincerely yours,

Team Taco

Gold Sponsor Lanark Village Gives Back

If you thought Tacofest was entertaining, you have to check out what Lanark Village does for their residents! One scroll through their Facebook page, and there’s ballroom dancers, public school choir singing, an auctioneer doing a mock auction for fun, and so much more! Seriously, this place is cool and we are so glad they are aligning with Tacofest as a Gold Sponsor!

Located in a quaint residential community in Kitchener, Ontario, Lanark Village creates an experience for their guests where they can relax, knowing amenities are close by, and even professional assistance if they need it.

Thank you so much for your support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) helping our neighbours live at home with independence and dignity!

VeriForm Goes for Gold

This generous business based in Cambridge works with different types of metals, and we’re stoked they have gone for gold as a Gold Sponsor of Tacofest!

Whether it’s precision plasma cutting, up to 21 foot-long bending of parts or 10 wide plate rolling – VeriForm expertly performs welding, rolling of

sheetmetal and structural pipe or tube, and manufactures custom parts primarily for the mining, forestry and machine building sectors.

They also believe in supporting the community that drives their business and have partnered with non-profit organizations including Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). This business has a heart for their community and we are so grateful for their support. Thanks VeriForm!

 

 

Exercise Your Democratic Right at Tacofest

Always up for some friendly competition, our generous vendors bring their best tacos and brews to Tacofest in hopes of taking home some snazzy awards up for grabs, including the legendary Golden Taco Trophy, the People’s Taco, the Vegetarian Victor, Best Brew, and the People’s Brew. Below, learn how you can have your say for both your favourite taco and drink!

The Golden Taco: A panel of judges completes blind judging, sampling from each vendor and using a standardized scorecard to allocate points to each taco. Scoring categories include originality, ingredients, and construction. The taco vendor with the most points wins the Golden Taco Trophy (and all associated bragging rights).

The People’s Taco and the Vegetarian Victor: You have to make up your mind. Upon entry, every Tacofester gets to choose which type of taco they want to vote for: either meat OR vegetarian. You will get either a red voting token OR a green voting token. The red token is used to vote for your favourite meat-filled taco, and the green is for your favourite vegetarian taco. (Because green reminds us of lettuce.) Place your token into your favourite vendor’s voting box near the stage before the end of the night. The vendor with the most tokens wins.

Best Brew: A panel of smarty-pants judges completes a blind sampling of each brewers’ top pick, using a standardized scorecard. Scoring categories include appearance, aroma, flavour, and mouthfeel. (They told us that’s a thing.) The brew vendor with the most points wins the Best Brew.

The People’s Brew: Tacofesters will also receive a brown voting token upon entry. Similar to the People’s Taco, every vendor has a voting box on display near the stage. Vote for your favourite brew by placing your token into your favourite vendor’s voting box. The vendor with the most tokens wins.

We’re a charity, so we will not be printing off extra copies of the scorecards for everyone, but if you want to print off your own scorecards to help you keep track of your favourites, feel free to print them off and use them yourself so you can feel fancy:

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This competition can get pretty serious, but let’s not forget that all 32 of our vendors are donating their time and products out of the goodness of their hearts to support the good work of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). Plus, who doesn’t love winning stuff?

Announcing Our Challengers!

We have 32 vendors and five big awards up for grabs on the night of our fiesta! Our contenders are paired up and they are raring for a match! Are you ready for them?! They are….

The Bruce Craft House & North Works Brewing Co.

B@THEMUSEUM & KW Craft Cider (Cider is gluten-free!)

Charcoal Steak House & Descendants Beer & Beverage Co.

Taco Farm & Wellington Brewery

Swine and Vine & Elora Brewing Company

The Rich Uncle Tavern & Hespeler Brewing Co.

Fork and Cork Grill & Von Bugle Brewing

TWH Social & Jackass Brewing

Gilt Restaurant, Bar, & Lounge & Anderson Craft Ales

Bingemans & Waterloo Brewing

Community Support Connections — Meals on Wheels and More & Innocente Brewing Company

The Grand Trunk Saloon & Together We’re Bitter Co-operative Brewing

Proof Kitchen + Lounge & Block Three Brewing

QDOBA Mexican Eats & Steam Whistle Brewing

Ethel’s Lounge & Muskoka Brewery

Cafe Pyrus & Four Fathers Brewing Co.

If you’ve never been to Tacofest and you have no idea about our snazzy awards, we will do another post about voting, so you best stay tuned!

Not only do each of our taco and brew vendors offer delectable dishes and brilliant beverages, but all of them are graciously donating their energies and product to support the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC)! Friendly competition aside, they are helping CSC realize their mission of helping local seniors and adults with disabilities live at home with independence and dignity. A big win all around!

Tune Into Media Sponsors 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 Dave Rocks

Listen up! Next time you’re scrolling through the radio, make sure you stop at 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 Dave Rocks, Media Sponsors for Tacofest 2019! Not only do they have super fun hosts, shows and sweet musical selections, they are huge supporters in our community and we think that’s worth tuning in for.

At 9.15 The Beat, tune into The Beat Breakfast, the Beat Mix at 6, and Throwback Sundays. Need some non-stop rock? 107.5 Dave Rocks does it right and we love tuning into Dave Rocks Morning Buzz.

For years, our friends have been supporting our fiesta and the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More – doing their part in helping seniors and adults with disabilities live at home with independence and dignity. Thanks for your ongoing support, your teams make SUCH a huge difference in people’s lives.

(Pics: That time I got a personal tour of the station, NBD.)

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Get It While It’s Hot Spices Things Up as Bronze Sponsor

Get ready for an explosion on your taste buds because hot sauce company, Get It While It’s Hot, is joining us as a Bronze Sponsor and they are also coming to Tacofest on the night of!

Their sauce is not just hot, but flavour is their number one priority. Their sauces are made with natural ingredients with no additives or preservatives, and they even use home grown peppers in their recipes.

Be sure to visit their table on the night of the big fiesta, where they will be showcasing sauces for sale including Tequila Lime Jalapeno, Pineapple Habanero, Fire Roasted Tomato Habanero, Mango Habanero and Fire Roasted Tomato Carolina Reaper sauces. They are even hoping to have their newest sauce ready and we can’t wait to try it.

Can’t wait to see you on Friday, June 7th and thanks for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC)!

In Kind Sponsors are Far Too Kind

Tacofest is not just tacos and craft brews — it’s an experience. And it is our many sponsors that help make that experience a reality!

Need a new look? Need to tame that beard of yours? Our friends at Spearhead Barber & Supply will be on site at the event ready to do what they do best — most importantly, all proceeds go towards supporting the clients at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC)!

Seeking to show your wild side? Have you ever wanted a taco tattoo but didn’t have the courage to go there? Get something temporary with Bre Creative who will be there to bring your face-paint game to fruition!

A huge shout out to the wonderfully talented Sylvia Pond Photography for capturing the excitement of the night and making us all look so glamorous, especially while gorging on messy, wonderful tacos! Thanks to her photography genius, we have memories of our fiesta to get us through all year long. Sylvia is also a member of our Tacofest committee. She works behind the scenes all year long, to make sure the night of Tacofest is as awesome as it can be – bringing exactly what the people want.

We also owe it to Bingemans for keeping things cool as our Ice Sponsor — the beer, that is!

And of course, thanks to My IT Guy for our sweet website: Otherwise, you would not be sitting here reading this post!

Tacofest would not be the same without all of our phenomenal sponsors, so we owe it to you! Because of your generosity, you are helping us reach even more of our neighbours to ensure they can live at home with independence and dignity!

Extra! Extra! Waterloo Region Record Back as Media Sponsor

The Waterloo Region Record supports their community in so many ways, helping to spread the word about local events and all the news happening in our region. We are so grateful that the Record is back as a Media Sponsor for Tacofest!

The Record, a daily newspaper, serves the Waterloo Region, including the tri-cities, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, and the townships. They also welcome the opportunity “to develop partnerships that will contribute to the betterment of our community and promote public engagement, charitable fundraising and social innovation.” Now that’s a commendable goal.

On behalf of the clients, volunteers, staff and board at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, we thank you for your ongoing support!

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Freedom 55 Financial Goes Green

We’re thrilled to announce that Freedom 55 Financial is our official 2019 Green Sponsor and will be supplying all Tacofesters with awesome, collectible glassware on the night of – not only to sample some of the best brews in town – but also to help keep waste to a minimum. That’s right, no plastic cups thanks to these do gooders.

Freedom 55 Financial takes pride in contributing to the communities where they do business, and a big part of their effort involves helping young Canadian athletes pursue their dreams. (We’re totally on board with helping make dreams come true.) They also give back to their communities in a variety of other ways, including helping charities like Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

So when you’re filling your glass on Friday, June 7th, be sure to “say cheers” to our friends at Freedom 55 Financial!

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