Tacofest raises $52,000 for CSC!

Friday June 22nd promised three things: tacos, craft brews, and good times. We’re stoked to say that the 6th Waterloo Region Tacofest did just that, raising $52,000 for the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). Since 2013, the event has raised over $190,000 for Meals on Wheels!

Congratulations to Proof Kitchen + Lounge who was awarded the Golden Taco, The Rich Uncle Tavern for snagging the People’s Taco, and newcomer Cafe Pyrus proudly took home the Vegetarian Victor. The Best Brew went to North Works Brewing Co. and our snazzy new People’s Brew was awarded to KW Craft Cider.

We love the love each of you give to our annual fiesta each year, but it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors. Please join us in thanking them for their generosity and spreading love across our region, helping CSC fulfill its mission of helping people live at home with independence and dignity.

For the third year in a row, we welcomed our Transportation Sponsor, Heffner Toyota, whose support ensured Tacofesters had a safe ride home. Also back for a third year, our Green Sponsor Your Neighbourhood Credit Union provided reusable glassware to up our environmentally friendliness factor. Entertainment Sponsor Brick and Co. Restorations Ltd. brought Loops N Jamzz DJs which had Tacofesters on their feet all night long. (That conga line is going down in the Tacofest history books!)

Thanks to our Photobooth Sponsor eSentire, we’ve got filmstrip memories to get us through until next year. And a big thanks to our Print Sponsor, Westmount Signs who provided all the signage at Tacofest. We also want to give a shout out to Platinum Sponsor Fibernetics and Gold Sponsors MTE Consultants and Veriform.

Thank you to The Waterloo Region RecordDAVE Rocks and 91.5 The Beat for helping us get the word out about Tacofest and CSC! A shout out to Dave Rocks who was onsite and gave away Foo Fighter tickets to one lucky attendee!

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. She’s already sent a sneak peek of them, check it out!

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

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.

Taco Vendors

B@THEMUSEUM

Beertown

The Bruce Craft House

Cafe Pyrus

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

Ethel’s Lounge

Fork and Cork Grill

Gilt Restaurant and Lounge

Harmony Lunch

Proof Kitchen + Lounge

Swine and Vine

The Rich Uncle Tavern

Taco Farm

Taste at the Tannery

TWH Social

Beer Vendors

Anderson Craft Ales

Block Three Brewing Co.

Descendants Beer and Beverage Co.

Elora Brewing Company

Four Fathers Brewing

Hespeler Brewing Co.

KW Craft Cider

North Works Brewing Co.

Muskoka Brewery

Railway City Brewing

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

Rhythm & Brews

Steam Whistle

Together We’re Bitter Co-Operative Brewing

Wellington Brewery

Waterloo Brewing

On the night of, we need an army of volunteers to help with event logistics and they worked their donkey tails off for us. Thank you! A shout out to our friends at Sun Life Financial for sending such a huge group to help with outdoor setup. Your extra hands and muscles were outstanding.

And finally, thank you so much to our Tacofest Committee who put in several hours throughout the year helping to plan Tacofest and making it such a great event. Thank you Saibal Chakraburtty, Matthew Trushinski, Megan Vander Woude, Jesse Ariss, Scott Thomson, Mike Brown, Liam Healey and Alex Kinsella.

Once again, thanks to everyone who came out in support of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, a local organization who works with 631 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 our 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

Thank you Waterloo Region for another great year of local food, craft beer and good times!

Media Sponsor: Waterloo Region Record

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The Waterloo Region Record is back as a Media Sponsor for Tacofest this year!

The Record is a daily newspaper based in Kitchener, Ontario, and serves the Waterloo Region, including the tri-cities, Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, and the townships. The Record strives to provide fair, balanced and accurate coverage of news to residents of Waterloo Region.

Through its news coverage, The Record gives back to its community by reporting extensively on the events going on in the region – including Tacofest.

From everyone at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More we thank you for your support. Make sure you pick up a copy!

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Westmount Signs Keeps You Informed

Need another sign that Tacofest is one of the best event’s ever? How about the fact that every sign at Tacofest is made by Print Sponsor Westmount Signs – a local leader in sign technology. Crafted by experienced professionals, they offer versatility and depth of service for all your needs!

In addition, they believe that community involvement is a social responsibility that every great business should undertake and take pride in sponsoring a variety of local charities, including not just one but all three annual fundraising events at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. Thank you for your ongoing support!

 

 

107.5 Dave Rocks and 91.5 The Beat Give Back

Joining us as a Media Sponsor, 91.5 The Beat and 107.5 Dave Rocks have spread the word about our fiesta from the beginning and we are so glad for their ongoing support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

9.15 The Beat offers a number of shows we look forward to each week, including The Beat Breakfast, the Beat Mix at 6, and Throwback Sundays. As well as providing hit music, The Beat is extremely involved in the community through their program “The Beat Cares”, participating in Walk for Muscular Dystrophy, Autism Speaks Walks, Motorcycle Rides for Dog Guides and of course, yours truly.

107.5 Dave Rocks serves Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph playing non-stop rock. Their generous hosts provide their take on classic music as well as the Dave Rocks Morning Buzz. Last year, Dave even made a morning stop at CSC’s Harvesting Independence Garden. through “Dave Rocks the Community” they are involved in numerous events to better the cities they work in.

Not only are they supporting Tacofest, but they also support CSC’s other annual fundraiser, the Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament. They’ll be supplying some sweet tunes outside at Tacofest this year, be sure to visit their tent!

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Vote On

Our vendors compete for some big awards on the night of our fiesta – the legendary Golden Taco Trophy, the People’s Taco and the Vegetarian Victor. Brew vendors compete for the Best Brew, determined by a panel of educated professionals, and new this year, you can vote for the People’s Brew.

Learn how you can have your say for both your favourite taco and bevy.

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: New this year, Tacofesters will also receive a brown voting token. 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. Hopefully you had that figured out before we had to spell it out for you.

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 to help you keep track of your favourites as your judgement gets cloudy over the course of the night, feel free to print them off and use them yourself so you can feel fancy.

Taco Scorecard Brew Scorecard 

This is a serious competition, but let’s not forget all of these folks 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). (But who doesn’t love winning stuff?)

Announcing our Tacofest Challengers!

Are…you…ready…to…ruuuuuuumble! It’s time to announce our paired-up challengers entering the 2018 Tacofest ring:

The Bruce Craft House & Four Fathers Brewing Co.

B@THEMUSEUM & Rhythm and Brews

Beertown Public House Waterloo & Anderson Craft Ales

Tacofarm & Together We’re Bitter Co-Operative Brewing

Swine and Vine & Wellington Brewery

The Rich Uncle Tavern & Northern Maverick Brewing Co.

Fork and Cork Grill & Block Three Brewing Company

TWH Social & Hespeler Brewing Co.

Gilt Restaurant, Bar and Lounge & Elora Brewing Company

Taste at the Tannery & Waterloo Brewing

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More & Steam Whistle

The Busy Locavore & Muskoka Brewery

Proof Kitchen + Lounge & Railway City Brewing Co.

Harmony Lunch & North Works Brewing Co.

Café Pyrus & Descendants Beer and Beverage Co.

Ethel’s Lounge & Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

For all of our gluten-free friends, KW Cider is providing a refreshing bevy to wash down all those tacos with.

Not only do our vendors love a bit of friendly competition, but they are also donating their time and products to support Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), a local charity helping thousands of local seniors and adults with disabilities live at home with independence and dignity. Doesn’t that just give you all the feels? When you’re out and about looking for a place to eat or drink, be sure to stop in and give them some love back for all the good they are doing in our community.

Fibernetics: Platinum Sponsor

Based in Cambridge, Ontario, Fibernetics has been providing telecom services to both residential and business customers across Canada for over 10 years. Their mantra is “I’m in” – meaning their employees do whatever it takes, when needed, to live up to the philosophy the company has committed to, a philosophy which includes teamwork, respect and accountability.

Fibernetics is committed to helping improve the communities they live and work in. They donate time and resources to various organizations including Bears and Bunnies for Kids, Backpacks for Kids, TriGator for Kids and more. We are grateful because they are now a supporter of  Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. This is Fibernetics first year as an official sponsor, but we know the team well- Mike Brown, VP of sales and one of the cofounders of Fibernetics happens to be on the Tacofest committee! Can’t wait to see you on June 22nd!

Balloon artistry Coming to Fiesta

Drew Ripley, a balloon artist and unique entertainer, is bringing his balloon magic to Tacofest! It might be his first time to our fiesta, but Drew has been working in the entertainment industry since 1991. His profession has allowed him to do a lot of fun and crazy things over the years. Drew once worked on a balloon structure that was so large it required a 20 tonne crane truck to extend over 60 feet in the air!

Not only is he passionate about his work, but Drew is very involved in his community. Drew Ripley Entertainment is a member of the Pro Environmental Balloon Alliance, an organization committed to educating clients and the public in the positive environmental aspects of balloons, as well as their correct use and disposal. We are thankful that Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More is joining the list of charitable causes.

Thanks for providing some fun entertainment for our Tacofesters, Drew Ripley!

eSentire: Photobooth Sponsor

We have a lot of reasons to smile today and it’s not just the warm, spring rain falling outside after our classic Canadian winter. Get ready to put your best face forward because thanks to eSentire, we’ll have a photobooth at Tacofest again this year, ready to capture sweet shots of your friends in all your taco-filled glory!

e-Sentire has been in the serious business of protecting their clients from cyber-attacks for over 15 years. They’ve simplified security, delivering an award-winning advanced service tailored to mid-sized enterprise that protects high-risk assets from advanced cyber threats that technology alone can miss, 24×7.

Even more impressive is how charitable they are within the community, giving back once again in support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

Thank you for your generosity!

Tacofest Ticket Tips 2018

When can I purchase tickets?

Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 4th, 2018 at 12pm NOON sharp (#maythefourthbewithyou). Tickets are $65 each with every dollar going to support the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), a local charity that works with hundreds of local volunteers to help thousands of people live in their homes through programs including Meals on Wheels, free gentle exercise programs, and transportation to important medical appointments.

Where do I purchase Tacofest tickets?

Tickets are only available online through our chosen ticketing platform, Eventbrite. Click here to be directed to our event.

If you don’t have an Eventbrite account, we suggest you set one up before tickets go on sale so your information is ready to go. There’s a lot of traffic on the site when ticket sales open at noon, so we suggest keep refreshing, refreshing, refreshing! As you know, tickets go in seconds but sometimes transactions aren’t completed and tickets may reappear.

How many tickets can I purchase at one time?

FOUR!

We know some of you would buy all of them if you could, and we are grateful for your interest in supporting the clients at CSC. However, we want to give all of our friends in Waterloo Region a chance to come to this event. If you need more than FOUR tickets, we recommend you coordinate with a friend or family member so that you can purchase as many as you need.

What does the purchase of my ticket include?

Your ticket purchase includes entrance and all you can eat tacos. On the night of the event, we will be selling $1 beer tokens for your craft beer and cider samples. Thanks to our generous vendors who donate all of their tacos, craft beer and ciders, we are able to keep costs down and direct more funds raised to CSC clients.

How much are beer tokens?

Beer/cider tokens can be purchased for $1 per sample. If you are purchasing tickets for friends, be sure to tell them to bring cash as there is no ATM on site, and remind them all proceeds go to support the clients of CSC.

When and where is Tacofest again?

Friday, June 22nd at THEMUSEUM in downtown Kitchener, from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.

And when do tickets go on sale again?

Friday, May 4th at NOON sharp!