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First Annual LA International Tamale Fest
Annual festivals have to start somewhere with a kick-off year, and this year tamales get the treatment in LA with the 1st Annual Los Angeles Tamale Festival, sponsored by several local businesses and organizations. Tamales take over the town this weekend, and over one hundred tamale vendors will be present, selling their wares and representing various regions of Mexico and Central America, as well as all the far-flung corners of our own USA. Everyone will be vying for the high honor of receiving the "Best Tamale" award. (On a personal note, we wonder if the enterprising woman who used to roam the halls of our old apartment complex at the crack of dawn on Sundays bellowing "TA-MA-LEEEEE!" will be there; we confess to never being able to pull ourselves out of bed to sample her stuff before we moved out.) In additon to all the eats there will be family-themed entertainment (petting zoo and face painting, oh my!) a carnival, tamale making classes, and, naturally, a tamale eating contest. Admission to the event is free, and the fun starts this afternoon and runs through Sunday evening.
1st Annual LA Tamale Festival
Friday: 3:00 - 10:00 PM; Saturday: 12:00 Noon - 10:00 PM; Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1400 North Spring Street & Ann Street