Monday, January 23, 2012

Grandma Lupes Authentic Tamales-Indio Tamale Festival 2011

Grandma Lupe with Aunt Vickie & Aunt Leonora


 Indio, CA may be most famous for hosting the Coachella Music and Arts Festival every year, but it is quickly becoming the Tamale capital of the world. Roughly 100,000 people attended this year's Indio Tamale Festival, including Blue Ribbon Hunter's Allison Fishman.  The festival was buzzing with Mexican folk dancing, a lively tamale eating competition, and of course an array of eclectic flavored tamales that one could only dream of. Strawberry tamale anyone?

(Pictured here with her daughter,Mary, my mother in law & yard sale partner ).

The real star of the festival is Tito's 80 year-old Grandmother known by everyone in town as "Grandma Lupe". Maria Guadalupe Nuñez Calsada, emigrated to the United States from Mexico along with her husband in 1954 and recalls that then many people in this country didn’t know what a tamale was and they had to be taught that to eat one you had to remove the cornshucks

If you ever make it out to Indio,CA the first weekend of December,it is a must see and taste!
 A Total Tamale Treat!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I am hanging my head in shame but I don't know what a tamale is either. Can you hear me blushing!!

That sounds great fun for a weekend!!


Courtney said...

I would LOVE to check this out. Big tamale fan :)