It’s a Calgary tortilla party! YYC Taco Fiesta 2017

The annual YYC Taco Fiesta bursts upon Calgary’s restaurant scene like the tastiest piñata ever invented. From April 28 to May 7, restaurants across the city will serve bargain-priced individual tacos as well as platters, with a portion of profits being donated to local charities. Here are a few of the participating taco competitors. Image credit: iStock.com/rez-art.

Blue Star Diner

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809 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

A contemporary farm-to-table diner located in Bridgeland, Blue Star’s regular menu features tacos wrapped in corn tortillas made by Calgary Mexican market Tres Marias. The eatery’s entry boasts seared halloumi cheese, olive brine vinaigrette, bell pepper emulsion and fried shallot.

Home & Away

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1331 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0C4

A sport-themed restaurant located in the old Moxie’s space on 17th Avenue Southwest, Home & Away is undeniably fun. Decked out with vintage memorabilia and ball-toss arcade games, the food is ballpark friendly (mini fried-chicken barrels) yet sophisticated (Wagyu beef tartare). Its tacos have got game. Three cheers for crumbled chorizo, re-fried beans, fried potato, pickled onion, chipotle crema with queso fresco and cilantro!

Roosevelt Food & Drinks

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933 17 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2T 5R6

A bar and restaurant conjuring the diverse cuisine themes of rural Alberta comfort food and New York fast food, Roosevelt spins the sociable fun of its Jug & Taco Night into a YYC Taco Fiesta entry. These tortillas are topped with achiote and lime-marinated prawns.

Subs ’n’ Bubbles

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7-7204 Fairmount Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2H 1Z1

As its name suggests, this is a Vietnamese sub shack that also serves bubble tea as well as a few other Asian snack-shop dishes. Its YYC Taco Fiesta contribution is a fine piece of fun-and-fresh fusion cuisine. Its garlic butter shrimp tacos with thinly sliced cabbage, crisp lettuce and diced tomatoes is sure to delight.

Tenth Street Landing

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506 10 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1W3

In Sunnyside, kitty corner to Riley Park, Tenth Street Landing serves pizza, burgers and a tummy-patting selection of pub entrees that includes schnitzel, butter chicken and – si senor! – tacos. Tapping its taco know-how, the bar and restaurant is serving a Southwestern chicken taco with pulled tender chicken, tangy barbecue sauce and crisp coleslaw.

Cannibale

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813 1 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

This stylish Bridgeland eatery serves up Bear and Flower Farms pork belly, fermented blueberry vinaigrette, cucumber salsa and hot sauce yogurt with cilantro as its entry into this year's Fiesta.

Native Tongues Taqueria

AB

What's a Taco Fiesta without Native Tongues? If you haven't yet had the pleasure of visiting the downtown taqueria, the Taco Fiesta is a great excuse to check it out. Native Tongues serves up pork shoulder with habanero, orange and tomato with pickled red onions and cilantro.

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