The first Tamale Festival at the Springfield Grange can surely be deemed a success. Organizers sold out of tamales—800 in total—in about two hours Saturday.
The event raised about $1,000 for the Center for Farmworker Families, according to a post on the Springfield Grange Facebook page.
The menu included savory tamales, sweet tamales and side dishes. Some of the tamale dishes were spicy chicken and cheese, "rajas" chile with cheese and tomato, "tejanas" with refried beans, beef, pineapple, strawberry and honey, ollalieberry and pecan, and sweet corn.
A host of local stores and farms donated to make the food-centric event a success:
- Mi Rancho Mercado y Carneceria
- La Rosa Mercado y Taqueria
- Mi Pueblo
- Blue Heron Farm
- Ruvalcaba Flowers
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- Vasquez Farms
- El Aguila Foods
- New Leaf Markets, Felton
- New Leaf Markets, Capitola
The is located at the corner of Werner and Elkhorn roads in Pajaro.