by Anna Livia Brady
For the fourth year in a row, Escondido will host its annual Tamale festival in Grape Day Park. The festival prides itself on honoring iconic Latin foods and the traditions that have become standards of Californian culture. Escondido in particular, being heavily influenced by Hispanic and Mexican settlers and their traditions, to this day remains predominantly and proudly hispanic. This communal celebration is a holistic way to let all of us honor these roots.
The festival will begin at eleven a.m., as local vendors fill up the too-often empty fields of Grape Day with amazing food and handmade items. As if the buzz of North County residents and the intoxicating scent of fresh tamales weren’t enough to excite, there will also be live stage performances, contests, exhibits, and activities for children, almost all free of charge, although VIP tickets are optional. Performance groups such as Mariachi Del Mar, Danza De Los Rubios, and Ballet Folklorico all will shine with both the colors of their gorgeous costumes and the pride of their heritage.
If you happen to have a killer tamale recipe, a docile chihuahua, or mediocre salsa skills up your sleeve, what better place to show it off than at one of the contests at the festival?
As for the exhibitions, The Hispanic Heritage Exhibit features Dia De Los Muertos-esque charm while the Low Rider Car Club promises the thrills of Cruisin’ Grand without the traffic jams.
Don’t miss out on such a great experience so close to you!