Annual tamale festival comes to Phoenix this weekend

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

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

This food festival is free and open to the general public. 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 and crafts and much more.

The two-day event will also offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico, and other musical entertainment.

Tamale-makers from more than 20 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).

In celebration of the event, 3TV had the folks from Basha's and Food City in our studio Wednesday morning to teach us how to properly make and steam Christmas Tamales, the traditional red, green and corn.

Tamale Festival information: 

When:
Saturday, Dec. 13 & Sunday, Dec. 14
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

Event Info:
Call: 480-895-5383
Visit: www.myfoodcity.com

Saturday, Dec. 13 & Sunday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days
***Sunday, Dec. 14 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.***