Thanks to WildSwede's notice on chowhound this week, we decided to check out the tamale fest this afternoon.
It had just opened but there were about 20 food/drink stands set up: tamales, pupusas, kettle corn, shrimp coctel, funnel cakes, champurrado, hot dogs w/bacon, huaraches, sopes, smoothies, chorizo & eggs, Tasty Shrimp bucket?(scampi & cajun), roasted corn (just arriving when we left). Tamale vendors were Corn Maiden, Mom's, Nini's, Calvary Chapel Heavenly tamales, Carmelita, La Golondrina, Tamales Alberto, El Pavo Panaderia, Tamalex, El Azteca, Tamale Man...
From Mom's Tamales: champurrado-quite sweet, hearty & thick, lightly chocolately with bits of cinnamon. Red pork tamale-masa was light & spongey. Red chile pork filling had a touch of heat. Not super saucy but a nice balance.
From Tamalex: Red chile pork tamale. Brothy/wetter style masa. Filling was virtually sauceless but meaty (pork) with bits of onion, tomato, & jalapeno. Green chile chicken tamale-dense, brothy masa with chicken and bits of onion, tom, jalapeno slice. Not spicy at all.
From Barrett's Lem n. Man: lemonade. Freshly squeezed lemons, individually shaken, with some undissolved sugar floating at the top. Not bad.
We didn't sample that much-still full from Empress Pavilion dim sum lunch-but it was a fun event and I'm sure hounds could easily plow through the various vendors and make better comments and comparisons. The corn field across Spring St. is definitely worth a look to continue the theme. Thanks again WildSwede for the heads up.
Los Angeles International Tamale Festival
on Nov. 11, 12 & 13, 2005
1400 North Spring Street & Ann Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Friday: 3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.