Close your eyes: What if we told you there was a place where you could be surrounded by a seemingly endless supply of tamales. We know what you’re thinking, “Submerge, this must be some fantasy land! It’s too good to be true.” Open your eyes: It is true. And this paradise we speak of? It’s in Stockton. If you don’t believe us, head down to the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds (1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton) on Oct. 14 and 15, and there you will see that dreams really can come true. This family friendly event will feature cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, tamale-themed displays, a classic car show, wine tasting, live music, carnival rides and, of course, all those delicious tamales. And if all that wasn’t enough for you, you can even ride a mechanical dinosaur. This year’s Tamale Festival will also sponsor a 5K run that will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Sacramento. For more info, check out the event’s fittingly festive website, Sanjoaquintamalefestival.com, which proudly proclaims, “The San Joaquin Tamale Festival is the coolest place on earth.” Hey, we’re definitely not going to argue with that!
**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #249 (Sept. 25 – Oct. 9, 2017)**