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City of Atascadero

6500 Palma Avenue

Atascadero, CA  93422

(805) 470-3360


For Immediate Release:  January 22, 2019

Contact Deputy City Manager Terrie Banish



Contest Results from the

4th Annual Tamale Festival!

On Saturday, January 19th, the City of Atascadero hosted the 4th Annual Tamale Festival with eighty vendors in attendance and thirty two of them being tamale vendors coming from all over San Luis Obispo County as well as from the far reaches of the Central Valley and Southern California, including Anaheim, Bakersfield, Hemet, Huntington Beach, Riverside and Santa Ana!

Each year, the festival has a Judges Favorite and a People’s Choice Tamale Contest. Due to the wide variety of tamales offered, there are three categories for judging: sweet, gourmet and traditional. Following are the results:

2019 Judges Favorite


1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero

2nd Place ~ Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo

3rd Place ~ Maria’s Catering, Anaheim


1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Ontario

2nd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos

3rd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach


1st Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo, Santa Ana

2nd Place ~ Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach

3rd Place ~ Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos


2019 People’s Choice:

These Tamale vendors won across all categories of traditional, gourmet and sweet!

1st Place ~ Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero

2nd Place ~ La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles

3rd Place ~ Las Delicias de Zacatecas, San Luis Obispo


For the “Tamale Eating Contest,” presented by Que Pasa Mexican Café, following are the winners: Ages 12 & Over: Shawn Romagno took first place, finishing five tamales in under two minutes! Under 12 Years of Age: Daniel Nava won first place by being able to eat two tamales the fastest!

For the “Chihuahua Contest and Fashion Show,” presented by Woods Humane Society of the North County: The Cowboy costume won the prize!

The City of Atascadero sends out a sincere thank you to this year’s sponsors: H&R Block of Atascadero, Que Pasa Mexican Grille, Kennedy Club Fitness, Rolson Music & Sound, Woods Humane Society and our media sponsors, New Times, The Tribune, Colony Magazine and American General Media. Special thanks to Medina Light Show and Designs - Manuel Medina; MC Francisco Ramirez; Soloist Manuel Enrique and his Dancing Horses; Mariachi Mexicanisimo Band; Los Gatos Locos Band; Grupo Folklorico Dancers of Paso Robles; Friends of the Atascadero Lake; all of the tamale tasting judges, and all of our amazing vendors who traveled here from across California!  While we are work on growing this event to two days, be sure and at least mark the following date for 2020:

SAVE THE DATE: January 18, 2020, 11-5 pm

For any other questions or concerns, please contact Terrie Banish at 470-3490.



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