Escondido, CA

Tamale Festival to return Nov. 11

Gourmet tamales were the order of the day at last year’s Tamale Festival at Grape Day Park. This year it’s even bigger than before.

The 3rd annual Escondido Tamale Festival will happen Saturday, November 11, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Grape Day Park.

It will be held immediately following the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Grape Day Park.

The Veterans Day ceremony will be begin Saturday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at the “Wall of Courage” in Grape Day Park followed by the Escondido Tamale Festival starting at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be presented by Escondido’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70.

Start your day honoring the men and women who served our country followed by a festive celebration with tamales, beer and live entertainment.

Admission is free although there will be food, craft beer and wine to purchase, plus free entertainment, competitions (including the Chihuahua costume contest and fashion show) and celebrity chefs.

Organizer Alex MacLachlan of the Escondido Downtown Business Association, tells The Times Advocate that the Arthur Murray Dance School on Grand Avenue is sponsoring and conducting an amateur Salsa dance contest. All ages, and all skill levels are encouraged to join in to compete. It will be an afternoon contest, free to enter—just show up to the stage at the announced time.

Presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, the Escondido Tamale Festival, an official San Diego Beer Week event, is a celebration of tamales and all the great Latin foods that have become iconic staples of California’s culture. It’s a look back at the history of the Spanish and Mexican settlers who have influenced and contributed so much to our multicultural community, and a show of appreciation for the traditions which have so positively affected Escondido.

MacLachlan added, “We would also like to point out we have brought back the VIP experience option to this free event. For $40, you get a two tamale combo plate, five tab drink wristband for the beer / wine garden, tamale making class, event bag with local discounts and swag, and a raffle ticket for a chance at winning your choice of 25 generous donations from local restaurants, stores, hotels, and tourist attractions.”

To find out more, visit, and for VIP tickets just follow the brown paper tickets link.

To learn about more events like this in Escondido go to, and learn just how much there is to the Hidden Valley. Or drop by the Escondido Visitors Center at 235 East Grand Ave. Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

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