Like Tamales and a Good Time? This Event is Just for You
The Indio International Tamale Festival is celebrating its 26th Anniversary this year. Taking place December 2 & 3, 2017 in historic Downtown Indio, the Tamale Festival is a long standing community tradition in the Coachella Valley. The festival has grown from a half day event to a 2-day extravaganza of food, fun, music, and a parade, with large crowds eating over 300, 000 tamales.
The festival hosts over 300 vendors, 5 stages of live entertainment, beer gardens and much more, along with attendance numbers over 120,000 people annually. The festival plans to celebrate the 26 year milestone with several special events geared to honor both the tradition of the tamale, as well as the Coachella Valley and its residents.
Don’t miss the tamale making demo station, special appearances by past parade grand marshals, a Farmer’s Market featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, a Kids Zone by SCRAP Gallery, along with a few surprises.
The festival got its start in 1992, when David Hernandez, a then member of the Indio Downtown Merchants Association came up with the idea of the festival. It began as a half day event, with about 15 tamale vendors and an attendance of an estimated mere 2,500 people.
Over the next several years the festival saw steady growth and by 1996, the Indio Tamale Festival had grown to a two day event, with over 55,000 people in attendance. During the years to follow, attendance numbers for both festival patrons and participants continued to grow. As attendance grew, so did the festival’s popularity and ability to attract national attention.
The Festival has been named in the Guinness Book of World Records twice. In 1999, Chef John Sedler created the World’s Largest Tamale and in 2000, the Festival was named World’s Largest Tamale Festival.