MONCTON – Whether you want to try a pizza-shell taco with watermelon salsa and blackened chicken, a vegan taco or shrimp ceviche taco with big mango chunks and avocado creme, you’ll have plenty of choices during Moncton Taco Week May 1-7.
“A lot more restaurants wanted to join us, which is really exciting. We moved from 17 restaurants to 29 restaurants this year,” said organizer Jared Betts. “My goal this year of course, is, along with having delicious food, to support the local restaurants and also Moncton’s economy in general.”
In that spirit, this year’s prizes will likely be related to hotels and restaurants in the Greater Moncton Area. Customers can get “passports,” on which they can get a stamp at each establishment. After getting a certain amount of stamps, they can drop their booklets at a passport box to win prizes from sponsors.
Like last year, this Taco Week is organized in partnership with United Way. A dollar from each plate sold will go towards helping the organization’s community work.
The first Taco Week last year was a success, with restaurants selling out their taco plates early and seeing increases in sales during that week.
Betts, an artist who loves tacos, used to work at a friend’s restaurants on the U.S. Virgin Islands making tacos.
“I love all the different ingredients [that goes into a taco]. So I thought, wouldn’t it be a beautiful idea to do it with some of the restaurants in Moncton?” he told Huddle last year.
This year, Betts said he wants to incorporate more events outside of actually eating the tacos. That will include a photography contest, a Cinco de Mayo party at Piatto Pizza on May 5, a taco dance party at Pink Flamingo, and Okie Pokie Tattoo will even make taco tattoos for those interested. Working Class Menswear and Skateboard Shop is also working with Dolma Food on an event that’s yet to be specified.
The restaurants taking part this year include Sports Rock Moncton and Dieppe, Cafe Archibald, Big League Burgers & Wings, Tony’s Bistro & Patisserie, St. Louis Bar & Grill Moncton and Dieppe, Mexi’s Moncton, Kanpai Izakaya, Guacamole Mexican Street Food, Tide and Boar Gastropub, DUO Cafe, Dolma Food, Dolma Café & Sushi Bar, Les Brumes du Coude, Piatto Pizzeria and Enoteca, The Old Triangle, St. James Gate Moncton and Fox Creek, Notre Dame De Parkton, Black Rabbit, Blue Olive, Crosswinds Restaurant & Bar, Five Bridges Neighborhood Bar And Grill, TRIIO at Delta Hotels by Marriott Beausejour, Inspiration Cafe, Cheers Beverage Room, Classic Burger, Fox n Hound Neighbourhood Pub, and Maverick’s Steakhouse & Grill.