Saturday, November 11,  2017
11am - 5pm
Grape Day Park, Downtown Escondido
3rd Annual 
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The Best Tamales in North County
plus California Craft Beers & Wine 


​Traditional, Gourmet, Vegetarian & Vegan Tamales Vendors including
Oaxacan, Banana Wrapped, Dulce, Lobster, Smoked BBQ varieties & more!
Holiday Tamale Pre-Orders 
Vendors & Food Trucks
Craft Beer & Wine Garden
Escondido Tamale Festival is an 
official San Diego Beer Week Event

 The Annual Veterans Day Ceremony will be begin Saturday, at 10am at the “Wall of Courage” in Grape Day Park followed by the Escondido Tamale Festival from 11am-5pm. The Veterans Day Ceremony will be presented by Escondido’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513, American Legion Post 149, and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70. Come by and learn about your local veterans!

            Best Tamale Contests                                     Chihuahua Costume Contest 
        with Special Guest Judges                                         and Fashion Show

​Grande Stage featuring Mariachis, Folklorico, Latin Dance Performances
Youth Performances
Chihuahua Fashion Show, Arts, and more

Hispanic Heritage Exhibits & Low Rider Car Club

Tamale and other Food Vendors
Handmade Crafts Vendors 
Holiday Vendors
Multicultural Holiday Décor

Sugar Skull crafts (Fee) by "Sugar Skulz" 
Fun Zone
Face Painting Vendors (Fee)
Grape Day Playground
Fun for Kids with San Diego Makers Guild 
Learn to Build Rockets' Red Glare in honor of Veterans Day (FREE)
Please volunteer to help!


~ Eat, Play, Learn, Celebrate!  ~


Contact Us
  • Best Tamale Contest
  • Live Entertainment 
  • Contests & Raffles

The Escondido Tamale Festival is presented by the Escondido Downtown Business Association, a 501(c)6, 
for the marketing, support, and preservation of the 127 year Old Historic Downtown Business District.  
Escondido Downtown Business Association, 243 S Escondido Blvd #701, Escondido, CA 92025  (760) 877-8582

Portions of the proceeds from the Escondido Tamale Festival will be used to promote 
Historic Downtown Escondido as a shopping, dining and entertainment district.

~  Website design and creation by:  Christina MacLachlan  ~
Photo Credit:  David Zumaya, DMZ Photography & Tom Willis 

  • ​FREE General Admission
  • Optional VIP Tickets
  • Fun for the whole family
The Escondido Tamale Festival 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.  Mark your calendars and come to Escondido in North San Diego County for some traditional fun and the best tamales in Southern California!
James Montejano
Executive Chef 
Seaside Market
Jesse A. Paul
Owner & Exec.Chef 
The Wooden Spoon
Shane Dustin
F&B Director
Hilton Hotels
Lucy Contreras
El Tejate Restaurant 1st Place Winner 
of the 2015 & 2016
Best Tamale Contests!