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I love tamales! 2nd annual Tamale Festival -- Can't wait!

Kip in Ca Sep 5, 2006 06:23 PM

I have planned so many times to go to the Tamale Festival in Indio and have never been able to make it.

I went to festivals.com (?) and found one that is right around the corner (East L.A.)this weekend! I don't even have to think about going on the freeway!!!!

I heard that each booth has to commit to 1,000 tamales and they expect to sell over 100,000 Tamales. To top it off, it is free with free parking too!

I'm not sure if this is okay to post, but the site if you're interested is:


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    AquaW RE: Kip in Ca Sep 5, 2006 06:39 PM

    OMG thanks for the heads-up! I've gone to the Indio one before too (shlepping my 2-3 giant coolers along the way) ~ now I can't wait. Hopefully parking's not too bad afterwork on Fridays.

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      slacker RE: Kip in Ca Sep 5, 2006 07:02 PM

      I clicked on your link above and got a strange looking website. Here's the website that was also used for the 1st Annual event. Note that the dates listed here are in November.

      I went to the 1st Annual Tamale festival last year, it was in downtown, across from the former "Not a Cornfield." They unveiled a gigantic tamale, there were games and prizes, the line for Mom's Tamales was way too long (don't get it, their tamales are kind of dry), and I was only able to eat about three tamales. btw Molly's Tamales were great. I love tamales too, so maybe if I go this time I'll pace myself more.

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        AquaW RE: slacker Sep 5, 2006 07:18 PM

        2 separate festivals perhaps? I noticed the addresses are different too...

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          slacker RE: AquaW Sep 5, 2006 07:22 PM

          Perhaps so. I did find another site that listed the Sept. event. But the site I posted is for the "official" tamale fest. At the first annual one, Gloria Romero and other politicos were there, that's how I know it must be official. :p

      2. SilverlakeGirl RE: Kip in Ca Sep 6, 2006 12:04 AM

        Please note that the dates are November 10 -11 -12.


        1. DiveFan RE: Kip in Ca Sep 6, 2006 12:51 AM

          Here's a little better info on eyespyla.com: http://www.eyespyla.com/www/thebuzz.n...

          The event this weekend is at Salazar Park, 3864 Whittier Blvd. and has free admission. Web site is just a dummy page.

          The event in November is between Parkview & Alvarado Streets on 7th Street (next to Mama's Hot Tomales and MacArthur Park). Admission fee is unknown. Taking the Red Line is highly recommended.

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            hazel7074 RE: Kip in Ca Sep 12, 2006 03:32 AM

            If you like Tamales, try the ones at Liborio Markets. Super cheap and tasty.

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              Neta RE: Kip in Ca Sep 12, 2006 11:51 PM

              The site Kip in CA posted doesn't make any sense. He states it's in ELA but the site states 7th St. B/T Parkview and Alvarado. That is not ELA. It also states the Nov dates and the time for Sat is 10 PM to 9 PM. The directions given will take you to Salazar Park in ELA. I think Dive Fan's info is more accurate.

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