Vancouver Foodster 5th Taco Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Taco Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their taco creations into this challenge, most have created a special taco creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their tacos on their menu from May 3-27, 2018.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the tacos in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best taco creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #TacoChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite taco creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to share and taste the different taco creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the Taco dishes in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

Patron Tacos & Cantina

Caribbean Vibes

Caribbean Vibes

Price: $5

Created by: Chef Andres Lopez

Description: Fish Chicharrón Taco with Green plantain tortilla, tilapia chicharrón seasoned with spices, cilantro aioli, topped with mango/habanero/cucumber chutney. Garnished with green & red bell peppers.

Offered: Monday – Friday 12pm -5pm

Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram: @patrontc

 

Hopcott Meats

Yeehaw Taco

Yeehaw Taco

Price: $10.50 for 2 tacos, includes fries or salad

Created by: Chef Christina Sepidoza

Description: Ancho chili marinated shredded chicken topped with cowboy caviar, cilantro crema and pickled onions on a whole wheat tortilla.

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 10:30am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799

Web: http://www.hopcottmeats.ca/

Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram @hopcottfarms

 

Las Tortas

El Campechano Taco

El Campechano Taco

Price: $9.50

Created by: Chef Moises Toyber

Description: Our version of a Popular Taco in Mexico, a mix of pork and beef combined to a delicious taste. Grilled Sirloin Beef & Chorizo, mixed with bits of crunchy chicharron & nopalitos (cactus leaves), Served on a bed of refried black beans in a Chipotle Tortilla, topped with sweet habanero mango crema, queso fresco, & pico de gallo. Side of Jicama Cucumber Slaw.

Offered: All the time

Las Tortas

3353 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Tel: 604-569-1402

Web:  http://www.lastortas.ca/

Twitter: @LasTortas

Instagram: @lastortascambie

 

Maizal

Ebi Chamoi

Ebi Chamoi

Price: $8.75

Created by: Rodrigo and Nana

Description: Tempura prawns with a mango salsa and umeboshi glaze, all on top of a hibiscus tortilla.

Offered: all the time

Maizal

2815 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 709-0813

Web: https://www.maizalrestaurant.ca/

Twitter: @maizalyvr

Instagram: @maizal_yvr

 

Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen

Hugo’s Meatless Taco

Hugo’s Meatless Taco

Price: $4.75

Description: Papas con chorizo vegano, serrano cashew crema, avocado, grilled corn, lemon-pickled onions, cilantro.

Created by: Dan Garcia

Offered: All the time (available at this location after they open on May 11)

Hugo’s Mexican Kitchen

19151 Fraser Highway, Surrey

Tel:

Web:

Instagram @hugosmexicankitchen

and

Hugo’s Tacos & Churros

7899 Templeton Station Rd, Richmond

Web: http://hugoschurros.com/

Twitter: @Hugoschurros

Instagram: @hugoschurros

Offered: All the time

And

Hugo’s Mexican Food

7101 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack

Instagram @hugosmexicankitchen

Offered: All the time

 

La Cantina Tacos

Gobernador

Gobernador

Price: $4.50

Created by: Chef Eduardo Armando Angulo Salomón, owner of Los Arcos Restaurant in Mazatlan back in 2000. The taco was reproduced in Whistler by our Executive Chef, Candelario Olivares.

Description: Made Named after Francisco Labastida, governor of Sinaloa. In year 2000 a restaurant owner from Mazatlan was informed that the Governor was going to be in town and had made a reservation at his restaurant. He wanted to impress him and asked his Chef to create a special taco for him. A delicious taco with shrimp, melted Oaxaca cheese, peppers and onion, topped with a chile de arbol Sinaloa style salsa was served to the Governor. He was pleasantly happy with the tacos, and asked; “what’s the name of these tacos?”, the restaurant owner let him know that they had been prepared in his honor. The governor immediately replied: They need to be baptized as “Tacos Gobernador!”.

Offered: Lunch & Dinner.

La Cantina Tacos

722 Nelson Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 620-8981

Web: http://tacoslacantina.ca/

Twitter @LaCantinaTacos

Instagram @lacantinatacos

 

Make sure you pick up one of the Taco Challenge postcards available at each of the participating restaurants. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are here.

Our Media judges for this challenge are:

James Chung

Founder and Editor for his own hellovancity.com

Twitter: @jlchung

Instagram: @hellovancity

 

Jay Minter

Writer of food and the arts for On The List, Vancouver Presents and other publications.

Twitter: @jminter

Instagram @jminter

 

Teresa Ly

Instagramer and influencer

Instagram @teelythefoodie