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Here are the winners of Atascadero’s 4th Annual Tamale Festival

Posted: 5:18 PM, Jan 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-23 02:30:16-05

People in Atascadero filled up on tamales this past Saturday at the 4th Annual Tamale Festival.

The festival included Judge’s Favorite and People’s Choice contests. The winners are:

Judges Favorite
Traditional:

  • 1st Place – Garcia’s Restaurant, Atascadero
  • 2nd Place – Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo
  • 3rd Place – Maria’s Catering, Anaheim

Gourmet:

  • 1st Place – La Luz Del Mundo, Ontario
  • 2nd Place – Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos
  • 3rd Place – Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach

Sweet:

  • 1st Place – La Luz Del Mundo, Santa Ana
  • 2nd Place – Barrett’s Tamales, Huntington Beach
  • 3rd Place – Los Osos Mexican Market, Los Osos

People’s Choice
(These 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
Garcia’s Restaurant took home first place in the Traditional category in the Judge’s Favorite competition and first place in the People’s Choice competition. (Photo courtesy City of Atascadero)

 

In the Tamale Eating Contest, Shawn Romagno took first place in the 12 and over category. He finished five tamales in under two minutes. Daniel Nava won first place in the under-12 category by being able to eat two tamales in the fastest time.

Tamale Eating Contest winners Daniel Nava (l) and Shawn Romagno (r) with event emcee Francisco Ramirez. (Photo courtesy City of Atascadero)

 

The 2020 Tamale Festival is scheduled to take place on January 18.