Tamales from the Tamale Fiesta booth are in full demand. Photo by Tony Cagala
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Tamales, tamales, tamales

Escondido’s 2nd annual Tamale Festival put the corn husk-wrapped filled food at the forefront on Saturday at Grape Day Park.

The event celebrates the tamale and other traditional Latin foods that have since become staples here in the county and elsewhere. Besides food and a beer and wine garden, the event also featured a Chihuahua costume contest, games and lucha libre wrestling matches put on by Lucha Underground.

Lucha Underground wrestler Aerostar attempts an aerial maneuver against his opponent Drago during a lucha libre match. Photo by Tony CagalaAerostar feels the pain after his opponent Drago throws him out of the wrestling ring. Photo by Tony CagalaLucha Underground wrestler Drago readies a slam move against Aerostar. Photo by Tony CagalaPlenty of tamales steam in a stainless steel vat at the Escondido Tamale Festival. Photo by Tony CagalaYoung performers do a traditional Latin dance. Photo by Tony CagalaLots of people turn out for the 2nd annual Escondido Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park. Photo by Tony CagalaYoungsters launch paper rockets at the Maker Faire San Diego booth. Photo by Tony CagalaPeople wait in line to try tamales from several tamale vendors, including from Me Gusta Mexican Food Specialties based in Pacoima, Calif. Photo by Tony CagalaLinda Bloom, left, and Ron Bloom prep Patches, their 9-year-old Chihuahua for the costume contest. Photo by Tony CagalaThumper dresses in a poncho and sombrero for the Chihuahua costume contest. Photo by Tony CagalaOwner Michelle Cuaresma gets her dog Mona ready for the Chihuahua costume contest. Photo by Tony CagalaMona earns first place in one of the rounds of the Chihuahua costume contest. Photo by Tony Cagala