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4th Annual Tamale Festival
Start Date :01/19/2019
End Date : 01/19/2019
Description :

The City of Atascadero is pleased to present the 4th Annual Tamale Festival to be held in the Sunken Gardens in downtown Atascadero on Saturday, January 19th from 11 am to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine!  Expect a variety of tamales from gourmet to traditional to sweet tamales, featuring tamale vendors coming to town from across California!

Be prepared to vote for your favorite Tamale as you help vote for the People's Choice award. Save up your appetite if you are looking to be a contestant in our very popular Tamale Eating Contest (12 & over) or be the fastest Tamale eater if you would like to be a contestant for ages under 12 years of age! Contest entry fee of $5/ person for 12 & over and FREE for under 12 years of age.  Sign-ups will take place at the Information Booth between 11-1pm and the contest will take place at 2:30 pm. Space is limited, first come first served.  First place winners will receive a trophy.

Entertainment will feature the Mariachi Mexicanisimo band, the famous Dancing Horses, soloist Manuel Enrique, the Grupo Folklorico Dancers from Paso Robles and the Los Gatos Locos band! The festival will also include bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals and plenty of fun for all ages! A variety of food and craft vendors will be featured, providing a wide variety of other food types to appease everyone’s palette and appetite!

DO NOT MISS this popular event! Atascadero’s 4th Annual Tamale Festival will be a fun and exciting occasion for the whole family to attend, especially for anyone who loves tamales! The event is FREE to attend and enjoy the entertainment, but don’t forget to bring your wallet in order to purchase delicious food, activities and merchandise; AND be sure to place your orders from your favorite tamale vendor(s) to stock up, as tamales freeze well too!

Date: January 19, 2019

Time: 11am - 5pm