“In creating modern maize from this unpromising plant (teosinte), Indians performed a feat so improbable that archeologists and biologists argued for decades over how it was achieved.” from Charles Mann’s book “1491”
The First Annual Escondido Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park was a smashing success by all accounts.
It must have something to do with thepower of what we call “corn.” Everybody seems to love of the choice-of- meat or -sweet steamed creations.
The tamale is simply an entire culture wrapped in corn-shucks.
Last Saturday, Alex MacLachlan, president of the Escondido Downtown Business Association, surrounded by vendors’ booths, charros and dancers in costume, traditional Mexican music and a horde of other people, said asmuch.
“In the last few weeks there were 4,000 visits to our website and we got over 1,000 likes on our Facebook page so we knew it was going to be a blowout,” he said.
The business association had predicted a crowd of about 5,000. “But we knew that because it celebrates Latino culture we felt it would be muchbigger than that.”
MacLachlan’s brother Guy was seen packing five white plastic containers of Mexican food, amid the throng.
At 11 a.m. the line for the Gonzalez Northgate Market tamales and other Mexican treats was 20 yards long. The line for Gourmet Tamales, opposite the Gonzalez booth, was even longer.
The Northgate booth had only sweet- corn tamales for a timeand promised customers that they were getting a fresh shipment of beef, carnitas or chicken- centered treats.
Another booth was promoting Baja Style Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs.
Meanwhile the dolled-up women of Tradicion Mexicana USA, were dancing traditional folklorico on the Grande Stage.
At 1 p.m. Herencia Charra took the stage and danced and Tony Munoz did rope tricks for the first time in six years