After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Indio Tamale Festival is back.
“100,000 people at a festival. I mean, it doesn't get any better and there's food," said festival-goer Kraig Karbach. “We're just looking for more tamales. I think before they run out. Seriously, they're that good!”
The festivities kicked off with the blessing of the tamales. Within seconds of the ceremony, festival-goer Joey Bond had already finished her tamales.
"A little spicy for me because I'm a lightweight. I'm gonna go looking for the chocolate tamales next," said Bond. “I figured 20 tamales today.”
The festival ran through Dec. 4-5 in downtown Indio. The event was free to attend and open to everyone.
Guests got to see musical performances, attractions, rides, drinks, and of course try countless tamales. Some guests, like Samantha Mcclellan, even came prepared to take tamales home.
“We came prepared this year we bought our ice chest in the car to take tamales back home with us," said Mcclellan.
Vendors come from all over to show off their best flavors. Tamales el Sinai traveled from Perris, California. Tamales el Sinai is representing the church Light of the World. All funds raised go back to the church.
"We have customers that come every year looking for us because our baby back ribs tamales," said vendor Jacob Belloso with Tamales el Sinai.