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Scenes from Hippo de Mayo. Photo by Jody Reese.




Taco triumphs
Cinco de Mayo event brings thousands to downtown Manchester

05/12/16
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



 On  May 5, the Hippo held its annual Hippo de Mayo taco challenge, bringing thousands of hungry folks to downtown Manchester to enjoy specially created tacos from 47 restaurants. After tasting every taco, a panel of Hippo foodie judges awarded Campo Enoteca first place for its eggplant polpetti taco, complete with artichoke pureé and piquillo pepper relish. 

“We did a little twist on our sister restaurant Republic’s eggplant polpetti, made it our own,” Campo Enoteca Manager Peter Macone said. “It was fun to take part in ... [and felt] good to win on our first year.” 
They had a number of folks stop by early, eager to get a hold of a vegetarian taco. 
“We sold out faster than we liked...so we will up numbers next year, but a positive response makes it easy to get excited about next year,” he said. 
In honor of their victory, $1,000 will be donated to Manchester Animal Shelter. Ben & Jerry’s and Gyro Spot received the judges’ honorable mentions. 
This year’s people’s choice went to Gyro Spot for its opa taco, made with pork, chicken, tzatziki sauce, mayo, dijon mustard, cayenne pepper and french fries. 
For their win, $1,000 will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Firefly Bistro & Bar, Currier Museum of Art and Ben & Jerry’s were people’s choice honorable mentions. See hippodemayo.com for more pictures from the taco tour.





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