The Tamale Festival


We’re searching for “the best tamale in Raleigh”! Join us in a celebration of the Latino culture at our 2019 Raleigh Tamale Festival!

The event is open to public and admission is free!

Registration is not required, but it does help us to know how many guests to expect and we can contact you with important information including event changes due to weather conditions.

RSVP for the Festival

This is my festival, and last year's was the best yet! I even won the tamale cookoff! 

Mr. Perez, Chef at Centro

Don't miss out on this fabulous event!

About the Festival

This event will include activities such as:

  • Authentic performances from local groups
  • Games and inflatables for the kids
  • Latin dance lessons
  • Local art exhibits
  • Informational and retail vendors
  • A food truck and amateur tamale competition
  • Food trucks with a wide variety of tamales to purchase representing many different Latin American countries!

The food trucks that will be present are Beli's Sazon, Poblanos Tacos, The Corner Venezuelan Food, La Republica, Crazy Tamales, Sweet Escape, Mexiarepa Grill, Charlie C's hotdogs on wheels, Pupusas Y tacos Marina, TW's Italian Ice, Holy Mole, and Tacos Mama Chava.

Join the Fun!

When: October 5, 2019, 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Dix Park Flower Field, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

We have lots of opportunities for individuals, organizations, and businesses to be part of the Raleigh Tamale Festival! If you are interested, please see the details for each area below and fill out our online application/inquiry.

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