Imagine if eating tacos could help the environment.
IMAGINE NO MORE. This summer, Wahaca is doing exactly that! They’re raising funds to help clean up Brighton beach and reduce plastic pollution by giving a portion of the price of their tacos to charity. Money raised from the campaign will be going towards the Brighton Dolphin Project, Plastic Free Brighton and Plastic Free Pledge to fund their valuable work. I went along to the launch night to learn more about the new tacos and the campaign.
Upon arrival, we were greeted with a margarita. Ohhhh yes. I decided to go for a classic for my first one, which I drank while munching on chips and guac. YUM. Then, we had a talk from Thomasina Miers, the co-founder of Wahaca! She won Masterchef and then met her business partner, Mark Selby, and Wahaca was born. The food is inspired by street food and food markets in Mexico. We got a little cooking demonstration and saw her create two dips. It was so lovely to have her in the room with us and be able to chat with her – which can sometimes be a rarity at these events. Having the founder in the room cooking right in front of you is something special.
The focus for the event was the Brighton Beach Tacover (TACOVER. Obsessed. A* to whoever came up with that). Wahaca is launching a Grilled Mackerel Taco, exclusive to Brighton. It’s made with sustainably sourced grilled mackerel, shredded slaw, habanero mayo and pink pickled onions. Y U M.
The Grilled Mackerel Taco will be available from the 28th of June to the 31st of July. For each taco sold, £1 will go towards the beach clean fund! Plus, families can get involved too – Wahaca is running a ‘kids eat almost free’ campaign throughout the month. All they ask is for a £1 donation per child!
The Brighton Beach Tacover kicks off on Friday the 28th of June with the Wahaca Taco Van giving away free tacos from 12 – 3pm outside the Brighton restaurant. The tacos are free, but if you like the food, you donate £1 to the beach-clean campaign. Winner. They are also hosting a Wahaca Beach Clean on Sunday the 21st of July. After the beach clean, local artist Claire Potter will be creating a bespoke artwork with the plastic collected during the beach clean.
As well as trying the new Grilled Mackerel Taco, we also sampled some of the other dishes on the menu. Personal favourites were the rib eye steak and cheese tacos, the crab tostadas and the flan. Oh my god, THE FLAN. Not something I would have thought to order but something I will ALWAYS order from now on!
I had such a lovely evening chatting with other local bloggers and members of the Wahaca team. The food was truly incredible and the Beach Tacover campaign is the perfect way to celebrate everything Brighton – delicious food, sustainability and the beach! Thanks so much to Wahaca for inviting me.
*I was invited to this event by Wahaca but all taco loving opinions are my own.