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?


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!

Gold Sponsor: Veriform


Operating in Cambridge, Ontario,  Veriform expertly performs CWB welding, rolling of sheetmetal and structural pipe or tube. With more than 20 years of experience, the company manufactures custom parts primarily for the mining, forestry and machine building sectors.

They are driving their community forward through honest and good business while staying committed to three core values: community, sustainability and education. And with community at the forefront, it is no surprise that Veriform is giving back by joining Tacofest as a Gold Sponsor!

Giving back is important to Veriform. Last year Veriform sponsored the Mayor’s Souper Sampler for Meals on Wheels held annually at Cambridge City Hall, which also supports the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC).

A leader in providing precision sheet metal and plate fabricating services, Veriform is also taking a leading role in giving back the community with their generosity. Thank you, Veriform!


Green Sponsor: Your Neighbourhood Credit Union

Back for the third year in a row, we are thrilled to announce that Your Neighbourhood Credit Union (YNCU) will once again be supplying awesome, collectible glassware – helping keep waste to a minimum on the big night – as our exclusive Green Sponsor of 2018.

YNCU has a strong belief in giving back to the community as they spread generosity throughout the Region and beyond.  They support more than 100 local organizations and Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More is grateful to be part of the list. 

So when you’re filling your glass with a variety of delicious, local craft brews, be sure to cheers our friends at YNCU!

Welcome Back MTE Consultants Inc.

Year after year, Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More has been supported by MTE Consultants Inc., and it’s no secret to anyone that they love Tacofest too! Making themselves a part of Tacofest since its inception, MTE has been there for us and our tacofesters ever since, and is a Gold Sponsor this year. Talk about loyalty!

MTE consistently supports the community through various charities and social groups. Their staff actively take part in community projects and also volunteer their time to several causes, including delivering Meals on Wheels every week with our Adopt-A-Route program.

We’re proud to be a part of your world MTE, our clients appreciate your support, and we look forward to continuing the party with you!

Brick & Co. Restorations: Entertainment Sponsor

Logo for Brick & Co Restorations LtdWe love welcoming new people into the Tacofest world and that is why we are so excited to announce that Brick and Co. Restorations will be joining us for the first time this year as our Entertainment Sponsor, bringing you some of the most talented musical geniuses in Waterloo Region.

Brick and Co. Restorations is committed to preserving, restoring and protective properties all throughout Southern Ontario. They are so committed to this that they take pride in making your project, their project. Specializing in concrete, masonry and waterproofing, chances are that you have been in a building and have seen their meticulous work without even knowing it!

Supporting and giving back to the community they live in to it is important to them. They are involved with a variety of local charities. As a long-time supporter of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, they have also decided to get involved with Tacofest and we could not be more grateful!

We can’t wait to celebrate with you on Friday June 22nd!

Hitch a Ride with Transportation Sponsor Heffner Toyota

Tacofest promises three things: tacos, craft beer and good times. With 16 local craft brews available to quench your thirst on event night, Heffner Toyota is stepping up to ensure Tacofesters not only have good (let’s say great) times, but also a safe ride home!

Back for a third year, Heffner Toyota is returning as our Transportation Sponsor on Friday, June 22nd. Not only do they take care of you on event night, but they also support Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) year after year, by offering up their Hole-in-One contest at the Drive to Deliver Golf Tournament, and making sure CSC has vehicles to provide clients with transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store.

The Heffners reach is far and wide in Waterloo Region – they  have long been strong supporters of charities and projects in their community, supporting over 100 events and not-for-profit companies in the last year.

Thank you Heffner Toyota for your support, and for making a difference in your community.

Get Ready for Tacofest 2018!

Can you believe we’re already in year six?

Mark your calendars and get ready for Waterloo Region’s hottest taco and brew event in support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), happening this summer on Friday, June 22nd, 2018!

When will tickets be available, you ask? Online tickets will be going on sale on Friday, May 4th at NOON sharp. May the fourth be with you.

As always, Tacofest promises you three things: tacos, craft beer and good times. And as always, we plan to deliver. Team Taco is working on event details and we’ll be announcing more news in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back here, or follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram to stay in the loop.

Did you know some of our sponsorship opportunities include tickets? Click here to learn more.

Thank you for supporting our clients of CSC! This fundraiser ensures their tummies are filled too!

Tacofest Raises $48,000 for CSC!

Friday June 16th promised three thing: tacos, craft beer and cider, and good times. And man did it deliver! We are over the moon pumped to announce that this year’s 5th anniversary Waterloo Region Tacofest has raised $48,000 for Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC). We can’t stress enough how much we continue to be blown away by our community support! Since the inception of Tacofest in 2013, the event has raised $150,500 for Meals on Wheels!

Congratulations to The Bruce Craft House who was awarded both the Golden Taco and the People’s Choice Trophy. Taking home the Vegetarian Victor Trophy is a Tacofest newcomer and proud victor Borealis Grille and Bar.  And last but definitely not least is TWB Cooperative Brewing who scooped up the Best Brew for their Porter beer.

We wouldn’t be able to make Tacofest as great as it is without our community support! Once again, we welcomed our Transportation Sponsor, Heffner Toyota, an essential part of Tacofest as our safe rides home filled up very quickly. Our Green Sponsor, Your Neighbourhood Credit Union made sure our guests wouldn’t get thirsty by providing our stylish, reusable glassware and helping to keep Tacofest an environmentally friendly event. Awakening the Tacofest vibe was our Entertainment Sponsor eSentire, bringing us Turk and The Hobbits. And a big thanks again to our Print Sponsor, Westmount Signs who provided all the fancy signage at Tacofest. This year’s Photobooth was brought to you by Catalyst 137, and a shout out to our Platinum Sponsors Matbridge Investments and MTE Consultants as well as our Silver Sponsor Pund-IT.

Thank you to The Waterloo Region RecordDAVE Rocks and 91.5 The Beat for helping us get the word out about Tacofest in support of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

We all know Tacofest is a fun filled event, but helping us to keep Tacofest cool is our Ice Sponsor, Bingemans who supplies all of the ice to keep those tasty bevy’s cold!

Thank you to Bre Creative who provided the fantastic face painting and arms…and heads. We always have really great pictures from the event capturing what Tacofest is all about thanks to the very talented Sylvia Pond Photography. And helping us to share all of the fantastic work that our supporters provide us with is My IT GUY, who help to keep our Tacofest website up and running so that we can also share with you how fantastic Tacofest really is! Thanks so much!

Tacofest would absolutely not be possible without all of our amazing vendors! We must give a very big thank you to all of our 16 vendors and 16 craft beer and cider vendors who donate 100% of their food and beverages, allowing all the proceeds raised to go towards CSC.

Taco Vendors

Gilt Restaurant and Lounge

Taco Farm



The Bauer Kitchen

The Bruce Craft House


Ethel’s Lounge


Marbles Restaurant

The Busy Locavore

The Berlin

Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More

TWH Social

Abe Erb

Borealis Grille and Bar

Beer Vendors

Four Fathers Brewing

Collective Arts Brewing

Anderson Craft Ales

Steam Whistle

Together We’re Bitter

Elora Brewing Company

Block Three Brewing Co.

Abe Erb

Royal City Brewing Co.

KW Kraft Cider

Railway City Brewing

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

Descendants Beer and Beverage Co.

Wellington Brewery

Big Rock Brewery

Waterloo Brewing

Tacofest went off without a hitch thanks to our hard working volunteers who ran around all night, helping to ensure the event ran smoothly.

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, Ryan Ward, Liam Healey and Alex Kinsella. A big thank you to each of you for helping to make Tacofest such a success!

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 over 700 volunteers to serve 7,540 seniors and adults with disabilities in our community. If you are interested in volunteering, 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.

If you have any feedback on the event or what you would like to see for next year, please feel free to contact Andrea Mondoux at

We can’t say it enough, thank you Waterloo Region for another great year of local food, craft beer and good times!