A uniquely Manchester Cinco de Mayo celebration and world’s largest taco tour

Thursday May 3, 2018, 4PM-9PM
Downtown Manchester

This will be the seventh Hippo de Mayo taco tour and each year it has grown thanks in large to support from our other sponsors. In 2016, Hippo de Mayo attracted 17,000-20,000 participants.

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, NH, home to more than 50 restaurants. 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 over a five hour period. Restaurants vie for people and judges’ choice, creating traditional and non-traditional taco combinations, from Transylvanian dessert taco to a Korean Bulgogi taco to a Greek Opa taco made with marinated pork, tzatziki and french fries.

There are two winners: People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice. Each winning restaurants wins $1,000 for their charity of choice. For the People’s Choice, taco tourists vote for their favorites by clicking here.

Who does this? Hippo staff thought up the event and Hippo continues to organize it as a marketing program for downtown Manchester restaurants. Why does Hippo do this? It’s good for Manchester and it’s a way for Hippo to give back to a city that has supported it for 15 years. Hippo put this event together in 2009 as a way to encourage more people to visit our downtown. The first year we attracted 5,000 people and now it’s the largest event held downtown.

This is a huge revenue — and necessary — generator for downtown restaurants. Support from our sponsors is greatly appreciated. Without them, this event would not be possible.

Taco Tour After Parties!

After Parties sponsored by Altos, Avion and Absolute Lime
When: All parties start at 9pm
Where: Stark Brewing Company & The Farm Bar and Grille