Borealis Grille and Bar

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.

This next competitor is obsessed. And given how deliciously fresh their menu is, we don’t blame them.

Borealis Grille and Bar serves up the very best locally crafted foods and beverages to the Kitchener and Guelph communities. They bring us the “Taste of Ontario” by partnering with farmers, breweries, and wineries. So you’re not just eating a tasty meal, you’re also supporting local craftsmanship and our local environment.

We’re pleased to have Borealis bring the “Taste of Ontario” to our event! Welcome to the competition and thanks for your support of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More.

 

Railway City Brewing Co.

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.

Alright kids, gather around. Today, we are going to learn a new word!

Can anyone tell me what a ferroequinologist is?

No, they don’t deal in feral cats or fernet-branca based cocktails. It’s someone who studies trains. And in Ontario, there is no better place to be a ferroequinologist than the city of St. Thomas, home to the North America Railway Hall of Fame and a city rich with its own rail history.

Tipping its cap to the local history, the crew at Railway City Brewing Co. specializes in award winning, small-batch, hand-crafted beers. A three-time gold medalist at the 2017 Ontario Brewing Awards, they clearly know what they are doing. This year, they took home the top honours in the categories of best Belgian Style Quad, Stout and Witbier, but really, everything they make is outstanding. That’s one of the big reasons we are happy to announce today that Railway City Brewing Co. will be at Tacofest 2017. Thanks so much for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

Proof Kitchen and Lounge

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.

One cannot talk about this next competitor without mentioning their fries. We don’t know what you season those things with, Proof, but they are deliciously addictive. And while tacos don’t usually involve fries, we know you’ll bring the same tasty tricks to the our competition.

Proof Kitchen + Lounge is Uptown Waterloo’s upscale contemporary dining experience, located in the historic Barrel Yards. They’re serving up thoughtfully-chosen ingredients in any meal. Looking for brunch, dinner, or some takeout? Proof’s got you covered. And this year, for the first time, they’ll have you covered at Tacofest too!

Welcome to the taco ring and thank you for supporting the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

Collective Arts Brewing

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.

Hamilton has always had the reputation of a hard-working, blue-collar, steel town, and while this may be true, it only tells part of the story of the city. Beyond the smokestacks and steel mills, Hamilton has one of the most vibrant arts communities in all of Ontario. Whether your niche is music, painting, theatre, photography or craft brewing, there is a space for you in the city. But where do all of these things intersect? Well, that’s where Collective Arts Brewing comes in.

The brewery not only specializes in creating some of our favourite beers on the market, they partner up with artists from all parts of the world (though mainly Canada) and create cans which are essentially individual works of arts. These designs have featured some of the biggest and most successful names in independent music, visual arts and film. To take it a step further, the brewery has teamed up with tech firm Blippar to design an app, allowing drinkers to scan the can and actually see the art of the creator, or listen to music by the featured band.

We are so very excited that Collective Arts will be at Tacofest 2017. Personally, I can’t get enough of their “Prophets and Nomads” Gose brew and while I am hoping they bring some along, regardless of whatever they put on the truck, we know it will be amazing.

TWH Social

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.

Entering the taco ring for the first time ever: this team is all about community and sustainable eats. TWH Social is Downtown Kitchener’s destination for great conversation, seasonal dishes, and fresh draught brews (no bottles allowed!). You’ll find this casual restaurant tucked beneath the Walper Hotel, with thoughtfully-sourced ingredients on the menu.

Next month, they’ll bring a small taste of that menu to our competition. We can’t wait to see what they bring.

Get ready to rumble, TWH!

Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm

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.

Norfolk County, Ontario is a beautiful place to explore and live. Whether you are fishing for perch in Port Dover, swimming at Long Point, or just exploring the shores along Lake Erie, there is an endless supply of beauty in the area. Beyond that, it is also excellent farmland, most famous for it’s crop of tobacco and tomatoes. That said, in the town of La Salette, you will find something very unique to the area, and Ontario as a whole – A brewery Farm.

We are very excited to announce that Ramblin’ Road Brewery Farm is coming to Tacofest 2017 in support of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

Using their own grown hops, pure spring water and the best barley and yeast they can source they create some of the finest beers in the province. Beyond that, they also run an outstanding kitchen from the farm and we here at Tacofest are very much looking forward to passing through this summer.

The Busy Locavore

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.

The next time you need to grab a meal and go, you should visit this taco competitor. The Busy Locavore helps you eat well, even when you’re busy. Their takeout, ready-made meals, snacks and baked goods are delicious. Plus, they make it all from scratch, use local ingredients, and they have options for a variety of special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan).

This isn’t the Busy Locavore’s first taco rodeo. They joined us for the first time in 2016, and now they’re back for more. Good luck out there, Locavore! Thanks for your continuing support of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More!

Thank You Tacofesters!

Another win for CSC today as Tacofest is officially sold out!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for Tacofest 2017, helping us to reach even more clients at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More! We also can’t say thank you enough to all of our vendors who help us to make this fundraiser possible by donating all of their delicious tacos, craft beer and ciders. That means, because of them, and because YOU, we can service more clients in Waterloo Region.

If you didn’t get a ticket but would like to apply to volunteer at the event, (or one of CSC’s other awesome volunteer positions) you can do that online at www.communitysupportconnections.org.

Big Rock Brewery

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.

At 32 years old, Big Rock Brewery has been at it a long time. The Calgary based brewing company got its start when its founder, lawyer Ed McNally was working on a legal case against the Alberta Wheat Board on behalf of a group of barely growers and learned that the province was an ideal growing location for the crop. From there, he decided to open up a craft brewery and we are so very thankful he did.

Big Rock has become an institution in the Canadian industry and has since expanded to both British Columbia and Ontario, with distribution reaching much further than that. Having won multiple acclaim at the Canadian Brewing Awards over the years, you can always rely on Big Rock to have some of the finest beverages around, regardless of whether you have a taste for ales, lagers, wheat beer, ciders of anything else.

This year, we are beyond excited for their support of the clients of Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. Help us give them a huge welcome into the Tacofest fold, we cannot wait to see what they bring to the event.

Tacofest Ticket Tips 2017

When can I purchase tickets?

Tickets go on sale at noon sharp on Friday, May 5th, aka Cinco de Mayo. (We’re keeping up this perfect tradition!)

Where do I go to 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 that your information is ready to go.

How many tickets can I purchase at one time?

SIX!

We know some of you out there would buy all of them if you could and we are grateful for your interest in supporting the clients at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More (CSC) however, we want to give all of our friends in Waterloo Region a chance to come to this great event. If you need more than SIX tickets, we recommend you coordinate with a friend or family member so that you can purchase as many as you need. We also recommend that those friends or family members are really fast on the computer.

Be ready to go with all of your information handy and be sure to be on Eventbrite right before the clock hits noon!

What does the purchase of my ticket include?

By purchasing Tacofest tickets you are supporting the clients at Community Support Connections – Meals on Wheels and More. CSC work with hundreds of local volunteers to help thousands of people live in their homes through services like Meals on Wheels, free gentle exercise programs, and transportation to important medical appointments.

Your ticket purchase includes entrance and all you can eat tacos. On the night of Tacofest, 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 our clients.

When is Tacofest again?

Friday June 16th, 2017 at THEMUSEUM from 6:00pm to 10:30pm.