Recruiting Tamale Makers: SW WA Tamale Festival Press Release

For Immediate Release

September 18, 2017

For more information contact Carmen McKibben

 Tamale Festival Calls for Contest Participants

 Washougal, WA – The Southwest Washington Tamale Festival is coming to downtown Washougal on Saturday October 21 from 1 to 9 p.m.  Presented by the Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens, the family friendly event will celebrate the richness of Latino culture and is free and open to the public.

“Tamales are a delicious part of the Latino food culture and a holiday treat this time of year,” said Carmen McKibben, SW WA LULAC president and event organizer.  “We are excited to share aspects of the Latino culture at the festival with delicious food, lively music and beautiful crafts.”

The event will feature tamale contests for two groups; Professionals such as restaurants, caterers and food trucks and Homestyle for individuals with their own family recipes.  Entries will be judged in three categories; Meat, No-Meat/Veg and Sweet/Dessert.  Winners will be determined based on taste, technique, appearance and overall quality. Prizes will be awarded for the winning entries. For contest rules and entry form, go to the event website at

“Tamale recipes are a big source of pride not only with restaurants but among families as well,” said Hector Hinojosa, tamale contest organizer.  “This contest will be a lot of fun and give some bragging rights to the winners!”

Beyond the tamale contest, the event will offer a craft area for kids, tamale making demonstrations from 2-3p.m., food vendors featuring food with a Latino flair, a beer garden, local craft vendors, music and dancing.  “We want to showcase the Latin and tamale vibes!” McKibben said.  Entertainment will include Gerardo and Nekla Calderon and their “Leyendas de Mexico” show at 3 p.m.,  Hudson’s Bay High School Las Bonitas y Los Caballero’s Ballet Folkloric at 4:30 p.m. and Son de Cuba Quartette at 6 p.m.  Food and craft vendor space is still available for the event.  Applications can be found at the event website.

Event sponsors include SW WA LULAC, BNSF, Law office of Eulalia Soto, Molina Healthcare, IQ Credit Union, Riverview Community Band and Javier Navarro of State Farm.  It is also funded in part by City of Washougal Lodging Tax Funds.

Proceeds and donations collected from event will support future scholarship stipends for local youth.  Contact the festival at


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