Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Brantford Taco Fest! Proudly hosted by the Grand River Council on Aging, this family friendly event takes place on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in downtown Brantford’s beautiful Harmony Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Taco Fest attracted more than 1,000 people in 2018 and they’re expecting up to 1,500 this year! There is something for everyone at this vibrant, outdoor festival. Dine on a variety of taco-inspired creations, mix and mingle, enjoy live entertainment, take a stroll through the marketplace, and cool off with ice cream and cotton candy.
For $5 admission, visitors will receive a voting card that entitles them to sample all the taco-themed recipes prepared by local restaurants and community groups (children under 6 eat free!) Vote for your favourite competitor to take home the People’s Choice Award to proudly display in their space, along with some friendly bragging rights, and a small cash prize. The winner will be announced on the main stage at the end of the event.
Proceeds from Taco Fest support the work of the Grand River Council on Aging to encourage an age-friendly community for everyone, from 5 to 105! The ultimate result is a community with optimized opportunities for health, participation and security that enhance quality of life as people age.
The Grand River Council on Aging is very proud of its partnerships and friendships that support its work. Restaurants and community groups participating in the festival freely donate their time, staff and taco creations. This is the perfect way for them to showcase their business and give back to the community at the same time. Plus, this fun, outdoor event gets the cooks out of the kitchen and into the fresh air for a refreshing change! Taco Fest is also an excellent opportunity for local businesses to raise their company profile within the community, showcase their products or services and interact with a diverse audience.
New for this year, Festival Sponsor Strodes BBQ and Deli is generously donating the meat for the tacos, and Solis Foods will once again supply the taco shells to the competitors. These donations are an immense help and drastically reduce the cost to the competitors.
Back by popular demand is the outdoor Marketplace, featuring various local vendors, goods and services, and information. This is an opportunity to enjoy fellowship with family and friends, while browsing through the many intriguing displays. In previous years, the Marketplace boasted a great variety of hand-crafted goods, clothing, kitchen wares, household and lifestyle products, and more. Space is limited, so those interested in renting a space are encouraged to register soon!
The Grand River Council on Aging works to promote age-friendly practices in our community and is proud of its growing relationship with the local high schools and post-secondary institutions. Student volunteers perform many important tasks that help make this event such a resounding success. Our young people serve as greeters and are on hand to assist Food Competitors and Marketplace Vendors in getting their displays set-up. They even help pack up and clean up at the end of the day. Plus, it’s a great way for high school students to earn their community service hours required to graduate, while promoting and encouraging volunteerism. Help from adult volunteers is needed and greatly appreciated as well.
Opportunities abound for participants! The Taco Fest Committee is currently recruiting Sponsors, Food Competitors and Marketplace Vendors and would also appreciate offers to volunteer or donate. For more information please visit the GRCOA website or Facebook page, or call the Grand River Council on Aging at 519-754-0777 ext. 439.
Guest blogger: Kathryn Poirier