If the fall weather signals your family tradition of gathering to make tamales, or if you’re just in the mood to sample some of these portable and spicy corn-husked treats, then mark your calendars for the upcoming Riverside Tamale Festival.
The benefit fundraiser will be held Friday, Dec. 9 at the YMCA in Riverside from 6-9 p.m., with the charity funds assisting, “The Village” Community Project.
According to Riverside Police spokeswoman, Neely Nakamura, “The Village” is a community partnership to assist the youth of the area. “It takes a village to raise a child,” she said.
Teams from public-safety and non-profit organizations will compete in a tamale cook-off. Among them are the Riverside Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff, Maxi-Foods, Cardenas and Macarena Markets.
Competition looks to be spirited as two-professional kitchens, The Tamale Guy, and the Taco Station, have entered the cook-off as well.
Nakamura added that additional teams are entering daily, including private cooks from throughout the region.
“There will be music entertainment and several community-based information booths on hand,” she said.
The event will be held at the Riverside YMCA, 4020 Jefferson Street, in Riverside.