Tacofest returns to WR virtually

For nine years, Tacofest has been a celebration of the Waterloo Region’s local restaurant and brewery scene, and a favourite among many residents. Although last year’s event was cancelled, the organizers are bringing it back in 2021 with virtual and in-person elements.

This year’s festival will take place virtually on Jun. 18  , with attendees logging into the festival from home.  

Ticket  holders will be able to pick up their taco and beer pairings with curbside pick-up from local restaurants and breweries. They will also gain access to the virtual event, a Tacofest at-home kit for two with tacos and beer from a restaurant of their choosing and a dessert from Community Support Connections. 

Taco vendors include local restaurants and breweries such as Proof Kitchen, Ethel’s Lounge, and Waterloo Brewing Company. 

“[Tacofest] is a good way to not only showcase craft beer to everybody, but it’s fun to pair up with a local restaurant and to raise money for such a great cause,” said Greg Brow, sales and service representative at Wellington Brewery.

“The community and surrounding areas have made all these restaurants and breweries still stay alive during the pandemic. It just goes to show how strong the community really is.”

During the event, there will also be opportunities for attendees and participating restaurants and breweries to discuss the food and beverage options, as well as interactive activities, such as brewery tours and music.

All proceeds from Tacofest will go to Community Support Connections, a local charity that services over 6,600 clients throughout the Waterloo Region. The non-profit works in helping older adults with different abilities to live happy and healthy lives in the comfort of their own homes. Tacofest has raised over a quarter of a million dollars for Community Support Connections and their clients.

“This is an important fundraiser for our clients at Community Support Connections,” Rosalind Horne, Tacofest event organizer and Community Support Connections’ major gifts and engagement lead, said.

“Especially during the pandemic, the funding will help us to continue to provide Meals on Wheels for people who are more isolated in their own homes, and to provide grocery delivery services for clients who can’t get out right now,” she said.