Young Folklorico dancers perform on stage. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Escondido Tamale Festival

ESCONDIDO — Tamales, one of the world’s earliest forms of portable food, were the center of attention on Saturday at the Escondido Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park.

Wrapped and steamed inside a corn husk the corn dough, typically filled with meats, food has been dated back to 7000 B.C.

The Escondido Downtown Business Association hosted the event, which also celebrated the history and culture of the Mexican and Spanish settlers that have helped shape the community.

Alexander Noyola of the Herencia Charra de Escondido performs a lasso maneuver. Photo by Tony CagalaJohn Noyola shows off some trick roping at the Escondido Tamale Festival. Photo by Tony CagalaCooper McKillip with his dog Cookie, dressed as a piñata, before the Chihuahua costume contest. Photo by Tony CagalaOnlookers watch the Chihuahua costume contest. Photo by Tony CagalaTraditional dances and music are part of the Escondido Tamale Festival celebrations. Photo by Tony CagalaLatin dance performances highlight the festival. Photo by Tony CagalaCrowds turnout for the Escondido Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park on Saturday. Photo by Tony CagalaTamales from Gourmet Tamales, based in Oceanside, prepare for the steamer. Photo by Tony CagalaTraditional dances and music are part of the Escondido Tamale Festival celebrations. Photo by Tony CagalaTraditional dances and music are part of the Escondido Tamale Festival celebrations. Photo by Tony CagalaTraditional dances and music are part of the Escondido Tamale Festival celebrations. Photo by Tony CagalaLatin dance performances highlight the festival. Photo by Tony CagalaLatin dance performances highlight the festival. Photo by Tony Cagala

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2 comments

PK November 15, 2015 at 9:41 pm

Great music, great dancers, fun activities for kids for sure. But I only saw two trucks serving actual tamales (tacos, churros and beer booths don’t count), and they had looooooong lines stretched all around the eating area. Banks, insurance, and trinkets… kettle corn and Lobster? It was nice but I wanted to taste multiple tamales and vote. Next year >- more tamales please.

FRANK MARTINEZ November 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm

this festival has real potential but I brought my family from Temecula and I was very disappointed. I have been to these festivals in other areas and states but corralling all the venders and food was wrong. You have a beautiful park with space and then there was not enough tamale vendors. In other places a lot of organizations sell them for different causes and I assumed this was going to be that way. More tamale vendors are needed, better use of all the space and not have only one section to sell food with very little tables to eat and use all the space in the park available . Please, this can and should be a wonderful experience but because of the lines I had to take my family to Filippies for pizza instead. My whole family was very disappointed and we hope next year we wont be corralled to eat food. Also the dj was too far away and the car show also has great potential but it also needs to be advertised better and award some trophies and then you will have a great show next year.

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