¡Viva Tamales! – Guidelines for Competitors


¡VIVA Tamales! is a tamale cook-off and fiesta celebrating Mexican Independence Day with the iconic tamal. This friendly cooking competition is for tamales from anywhere they are celebrated —  Mexico, Central and South America as well as the Caribbean. Ultimately, we will name the true Master of Masa.

The event benefits an amazing non-profit, La Clinica, an organization that provides health care services for over 80,000 patients a year and was founded in Oakland 42 years ago.

Here’s a little more about the logistics of the event:

We are expecting around 200 attendees.  Each competitor will submit 200 tasting portions (approx. 5 doz tamales). You will prepare your tamales in advance and we can provide space to do final prep on site, if needed.  Prizes will be awarded for People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice for best Meat, Vegetarian/Vegan and Wildcard (creative) tamales. This fun event will provide a great way for you to promote your business.  Each competitor will be given $50 to offset costs.

If you think it might be a good fit for you, get in touch with Krista at Oakland Food Events (oaklandfoodevents@gmail.com). She can answer any questions you have and get you signed up.

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