May 4: The World’s Largest Taco Tour in downtown Manchester

Pro tip: Get there early and hit your favorites first, as tacos have been known to "sell out."

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MANCHESTER, NH – Once again Hippo de Mayo taco tour is coming at you!

Pro tip: Get there early and hit your favorites first, as tacos have been known to “sell out.”

So what exactly is a Hippo de Mayo? It’s New England’s largest Cinco de Mayo celebration and it’s held in downtown Manchester, home to more than 50 restaurants. Concept is simple: Restaurants create their unique take on the taco and sell them to the public for $2 each.

The public travels from restaurant to restaurant trying tacos from 4-9 p.m. Restaurants vie for awards for People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice, by creating traditional and non-traditional taco combinations – such as Transylvanian dessert taco to a Korean Bulgogi taco to a Greek Opa taco made with marinated pork, tzatziki and french fries.

Each winning restaurants wins $1,000 for their charity of choice. 

More info on the official website, or click here for the Hippo de Mayo Facebook page.

The winners of 2016 Hippo de Mayo Taco Challenge

People’s Choice
The Gyro Spot
 TACO: A taco filled with pork, chicken, tzatziki sauce, mayo, dijon mustard, cayenne pepper and french fries.
They won $1,000 for Alzheimer’s Association.

People’s Choice honorable mentions
Firefly Bistro and Bar
Currier Museum of Art
Ben & Jerry’s

Judges’ Choice
Campo Enoteca
TACO: Eggplant Polpetti Taco – Artichoke white bean puré and pico de gallo pepper relish.
CHARITY: Manchester Animal Shelter ($1,000 donation)

Judges’ Choice honorable mentions
Ben & Jerry’s
Gyro Spot

2017 Participating Restaurants 

1.  A&E Coffee & Tea
2. B&B Café
3. Baked
4. Ben & Jerry’s
5. Cafe la Reine
6. Campo Enoteca
7. Central Ale House
8. Consuelo’s Taqueria
9. Currier Museum of Art
10. Doogie’s Bar & Grille
11. El Ricon
12. Firefly Bistro & Bar
13. Fratellos
14. Gale Motor Co Eatery
15. Gauchos Brazilian Steakhouse
16. Granite State Candy Shoppe
17.  Golden Bowl
18.  Hilton Garden Inn
19.  Hooked / Ignite
20. JD’s Tavern
21.  Lala’s Hungarian Pastry
22. Manchester Fire Department
23. Margarita’s
24. Midtown Café
25. Milk & Honey Juicery
26. Mint Bistro
27. Penuche’s
28. Piccola Restaurante
29. Portland Pie Co.
30. Red Arrow
31. Republic
32. Restoration Cafe
33. Strange Brew Tavern
34. Stark Brewing Company
35. Suddenly Susan’s Gourmet Deli
36. Taj India
37. The Farm Bar & Grille
38. The Foundry
39. The Gyro Spot
40. The Pint
41.  Thirsty Moose
42. Thousand Crane
43. USA Chicken & Biscuit
44. Veranda

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Carol Robidoux

PublisherManchester Ink Link

Longtime NH journalist and publisher of ManchesterInkLink.com. Loves R&B, German beer, and the Queen City!