Food City's Tamale Festival celebrates the best

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Food City's Tamale Festival Celebrates the Best Tamale Makers!

What:    Arizona's best tamale-makers will help celebrate the holidays during Food City's 13th annual Tamale Festival in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.

    This food festival is FREE and open to the general public and takes place as many families make homemade tamales for the holiday season.

    Thousands of attendees will be able to taste and buy a wide selection of homemade tamales, as well as enjoy a variety of booths that will offer jewelry, arts & crafts and much more. The two-day event will also offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico along with other musical entertainment.  

Who:     Tamale-makers from more than 22 local faith-based groups prepare their tamales in church commissaries and then sell them at the Festival to fundraise for their organization. Last year, they sold more than 700 dozen tamales! Food City also will be selling tamales, menudo, durros, aguas frescas and champurrado (Mexican hot chocolate).

When:        Saturday, Dec. 14 & Sunday, Dec. 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days

Sunday at 2:30 p.m.: after taste-testing tamales, a panel of celebrity judges will name the "Best Tamale," and Food City will award prizes to the winning tamale-maker.

Where:    Cesar Chavez Plaza
200 W. Washington Street
        (on Washington, between 1st Ave. & 4th Ave.)
Downtown Phoenix

Visuals:     Attendees will experience:
v    Tamale-makers from around the state proudly displaying and selling their homemade tamales;
v    A diverse community tasting some of the best tamales in the Southwest; and
v    Cultural arts, crafts and entertainment to mark the holiday season.

Media Opps:     Leading up to (and during) the Tamale Festival, Food City can offer:  
v    Interviews with Food City members, who can share step-by-step directions for how to prepare tasty tamales;
v    Historical information about the relevance of tamales in Mexican culture; and
v    Tamale recipes, including the traditional red and green and other variations, like pumpkin and pineapple.

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