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Hot tamales!


If you aren't excited about an entire festival dedicated to mouthwatering Mexican tamales, you just aren't alive. Sweet, savory, gourmet, and traditional morsels wrapped in warm corn meal await you at Atascadero's third annual Tamale Festival held this Jan. 20 at Sunken Gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop the kids at the bounce house and make a beeline to more than 25 tamale vendors (don't forget to vote for your fave flavor, as hard a task as that might be). And remember: While consuming many kinds of tamales in one day is a super way to start off 2018, make sure you do so responsibly. Might I suggest skipping dinner the night before and designating a hot sauce safe word? Δ

Hayley Thomas Cain can't take the heat. She can be reached at

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