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

Proof

Beertown

The Bauer Kitchen

The Bruce Craft House

B@THEMUSEUM

Ethel’s Lounge

Bingemans

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 andream@cscmow.org

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

Thank You In-Kind Sponsors

Tacofest would not exist without the support of our many sponsors who donate hours of their time, talents and product to not only make Tacofest such a success, but they also make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbours by helping them live at home with independence and dignity!

As we inch closer and closer to the big day, we would like to acknowledge our 2017 In-Kind Sponsors:

Ice Sponsor Bingemans

In-Kind Sponsor Bre Creative

In-Kind Sponsor Spearhead Barbershop

Photography Sponsor Sylvia Pond Photography

Print Sponsor Westmount Signs & Printing

Website Sponsor My IT Guy

Tacofest would not be the same without them and we thank you for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

 

Catalyst137: Photobooth Sponsor

If you think Tacofest is big, wait until you hear about this year’s exclusive Photobooth Sponsor, Catalyst137!

Waterloo Region boasts the densest collection of tech startups outside of Silicon Valley, and several companies are emerging as leading innovators for IoT devices and supporting software. Meet Catalyst137, a 475,000 sq ft warehouse that will become “the world’s largest IoT manufacturing space” – home to the maker community and will provide funding, consulting, engineering and other services, all under one MASSIVE roof.

Did we mention they’ll be featuring a restaurant and market concept? The new restaurant comes from the same group behind The Berlin, one of our incredible taco vendors! The restaurant will be called Graffiti and include a craft brewery, retail market, baker, coffee roaster and patio. Sounds amazing, right?!

While still in the development stages they’re not wasting any time by giving back and supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, helping some of our most vulnerable neighbours live at home with independence and dignity. Thank you for your support!

Henry’s Tempeh Helps Out

Looking for a healthy meat alternative, but still want to enjoy delicious tacos? Look no further than Henry’s Tempeh Inc. Henry’s Tempeh is made with organic and locally grown soybeans, located in Kitchener, Ontario. They are the best choice for fresh never frozen tempeh, with 5 different flavors, their most popular being their original SoyOnly, which has its own taco recipe on the back!  The Tempeh is ready to eat straight out of the package making it a convenient and indispensable product for kitchens everywhere, such as The Busy Locavore!

Henry’s Tempeh has graciously donated their tempeh to The Busy Locavore to use in their vegetarian tacos for Tacofest! Thank you for your generous donation and support of Tacofest and Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

 

eSentire: Entertainment Sponsor

eSentire been in the very serious business of protecting their clients from cyber-attacks since 2001, but they also know how to lighten things up. This year they are ensuring Tacofesters have a reason to shake their maracas on June 16th by signing on as our Entertainment Sponsor allowing us to provide the flamenco brilliance of Juneyt!

Their managed detection and response services for mid-sized organizations keeps them safe from cyber threats that traditional security defenses simply can’t detect. With all of these qualities under their belt, it’s no surprise that they have been named one of Canada’s top small & medium employers as well as receiving an excellence award for best SME security solution.

Even more impressive is how charitable they are within the community and we couldn’t be happier. Once again supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More, welcome back! Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity!

The Berlin

Without our vendors, Tacofest would be missing two crucial ingredients. Every year, they donate all of the food and drink at our annual fiesta.

Waterloo Region: we want you to help us thank them! Leading up to the big event, we’ll profile our vendors one by one. So next time you are looking for a great mean or local brew, you know where to turn.

Our next vendor is always up for a challenge, and we are thrilled to announce that The Berlin is joining us as a 2017 competitor again this year! Will they walk away with the Golden Taco? We’re twiddling our thumbs in anticipation!

The Berlin is all about challenging the fine dining experience by offering world-class food in a more inviting atmosphere (you can even watch their chefs in action in their open-concept kitchen, totally cool.) With their inclusion of fresh, seasonal ingredients from innovative farms and top-quality food producers, The Berlin is a must-try for all you foodies, plus they’re the only live-fire restaurant. Seriously, we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us this year!

Thanks so much for joining us this year and for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

 

Brick Brewing/Waterloo Brewing Company

Without our vendors, Tacofest would be missing two crucial ingredients. Every year, they donate all of the food and drink at our annual fiesta.

Waterloo Region: we want you to help us thank them! Leading up to the big event, we’ll profile our vendors one by one. So next time you are looking for a great mean or local brew, you know where to turn.

While others were spending the year worrying about the ever-present threat from “Big Brother” in 1984, Waterloo welcomed a new brewery to the city, which changed the landscape of the local scene forever. Since its inception, Brick Brewing Company has been a dominant force in the craft industry and is only growing stronger.

Having recently moved to Kitchener, they have been working on expanding their operations. The oversized cans/brewing vessels, which were once so iconic in their King Street location have been replaced with a new base of operations  far from the city’s core, but that doesn’t mean quality has taken a hit. On the contrary, their beer is as tasty as ever.

Brick Brewing Company is simply put a pillar of industry within the Waterloo region and we are honoured to have them supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More by joining us at Tacofest 2017.

Welcome pund-IT: 2017 Silver Sponsor

We are extremely excited to share with you that pund-IT is supporting us for the first time ever as a 2017 Silver Sponsor!

Pund-IT is a company that is all about showing their creativity through technology.  Strategizing and consulting on what technologies can convert business goals and needs into action is their passion. Pund-IT even goes above and beyond to support their employees to achieve their goals and will #RockIT with you.

Not only do our friends love technology, but they are super generous and support various charities because they simply #GetIT. And we #DigIT.

Thank you for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. Can’t wait to see y’all on June 16th!

Marbles Casual Fine Dining

Without our vendors, Tacofest would be missing two crucial ingredients. Every year, they donate all of the food and drink at our annual fiesta.

Waterloo Region: we want you to help us thank them! Leading up to the big event, we’ll profile our vendors one by one. So next time you are looking for a great mean or local brew, you know where to turn.

Here’s a fun fact: this restaurant was originally built as a livery stable in the 1800s. Today, it’s a favourite in Uptown Waterloo’s dining scene, with a one-of-a-kind selection of North American dishes.

We are happy to announce that Marbles is entering our competition! Thanks for joining us and for your support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. We can’t wait to see your inaugural taco.

Get Your 2017 Tacofest Tee!

We’re stoked to offer up some cool Tacofest swag in the form of something wearable and 100% awesome. Wear your taco love on your sleeve by purchasing the 2017 Tacofest tee for $20!

Come out to CSC and try one on for size, or you can get your hands on one at the event. CSC’s office is located in Breslau, 61 Woolwich St. N. and we’re open 8:30am-4pm Monday to Friday.

The tees are unisex and come in sizes S-XXL. All proceeds support the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC), so for the love of tacos and people, get your swag on! For more information please call 519-772-8787 or email Andrea at andream@cscmow.org.