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This Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11, Arizona’s finest tamale-makers will help celebrate Food City’s 11th Annual Tamale Festival in Downtown Phoenix.

This culinary food festival and fundraiser, which is FREE and open to the general public, takes place as many families make homemade tamales for the holiday season.

Thousands of attendees will be able to taste and buy a wide selection of homemade tamales, as well as enjoy a variety of booths with jewelry, arts & crafts and much more.  The two-day event also will offer live mariachis, ballet folklorico along with other musical entertainment.

Many tamale-makers from local faith-based groups prepare their tamales in church commissaries and then sell them at the Festival to fundraise for their organization. Food City also will be selling tamales, menudo, durros, aguas frescas and champurrado.

If you go

What: Food City’s 11th Annual Tamale Festival

Date: Saturday, Dec. 10 & Sunday, Dec. 11

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days.

Sunday at 2:30 p.m.: After taste-testing tamales, a panel of celebrity judges will name the “Best Tamale,” and Food City will award prizes to the winning tamale-maker.

Where: Washington, between 1st Ave. & 4th Ave. (map)