David Abolafia

International Tamale Festival: December 5-6

David Abolafia

Every December, thousands of foodies flock to southern California to partake in – and celebrate – tamales, a Mesoamerican food staple that’s been around for thousands of years. And if you time your trip to Palm Springs just right, you’ll be able to taste the excitement (and the tamales) for yourself.

The Indio International Tamale Festival, now in its 24th year, is a free-admission festival that regularly attracts more than 100,000 people. The event features a tamale-eating contest, multiple stages of entertainment, an opening parade, a car show, beer gardens, an art and wine garden, children’s play area and more than 200 vendors.

What is a Tamale?

A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa (a starchy dough, usually corn-based), which is steamed or boiled in a leaf wrapper. Tamales can be filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, chilies or any preparation according to taste, and both the filling and the cooking liquid may be seasoned.

Visitors delight in scrumptious tamales, endless alternative food options, shopping, and all-day entertainment. Festival fans like to relax while enjoying a variety of dancing shows including traditional Folklorico dancing and line dancing as well as Cheer Groups.

To sink your teeth into a tamale or two at the Indio International Tamale Festival – named one of the top ten food festivals in the U.S. by the Food Network, and located just a few miles southeast of Palm Springs – or for any other tantalizing travel experience, give us a call at (888) 269-0182, Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.

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