Hot (Award-Winning) Tamales

Good tamales are hard to find. Exhibit 1: the undercooked specimen I sampled at brunch at Mattito’s last Sunday (not pictured at left). Not so this Sunday, when the second annual Tamale Festival takes place from 11 AM to 6 PM in the North Hall of Dallas Market Hall. Sponsored by Univision 23 and Telefutura 49, the event features big money for the best tamales (pictured at left), tamale-wrapping contests, activities for the kiddos, and musical entertainment. Jump for the full deets.

UNIVISION 23, TELEFUTURA 49 AND UNIVISION RADIO PRESENT
“2ND ANNUAL TAMALE FESTIVAL”

$13,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES IN SEARCH OF THE BEST TAMALE

DALLAS, TX. OCTOBER 27, 2008 – Univision 23, TeleFutura 49 and Univision Radio’s five local stations in Dallas have partnered to present the “2nd Annual Tamale Festival” from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on Sunday November 2nd at the Dallas Market Hall. Due to the overwhelming response from the community last year, this year’s festival will take place in the larger North Hall of Dallas Market Hall.

Univision’s audiences are quickly registering for a chance to win the top prize for the best tasting tamal in the metroplex. This year’s total purse of prizes comes to over $13,000. The first place winner will receive $2,500 cash plus a 42” digital TV and a dinette set; $1,500 cash will be awarded for second place plus a dinette set; the third place winner will receive $1,000 cash plus a dinette set. In addition $500 cash will be awarded for fourth and fifth places. The top five winners will receive trophies. Prizes are sponsored by Jefferson Dental Clinics and Ashley Furniture.

This one day event includes musical entertainment from Mariachi music to Jazz ensembles, folkloric dancers and cooking demonstrations. TeleFutura’s Marissa Del Portillo from “Escandalo TV” (ShowBiz TV), Cristina Pereyra from “Veredicto Final” (Final Verdict) and Maggie from “Que Sabor” (What Flavor…cooking show) will act as judges and will be signing autographs from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Other activities include the People’s Choice Best Restaurant Tamale contest, Tamale wrapping contests, the All Smiles Dental Children’s Area, and interactive exhibits offering promotions and sampling, festive cuisine and great giveaways.

The “2nd Annual Tamale Festival” is from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm on November 2nd. Admission and parking is free. For complete event details visit www.univisiondallas.com

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