Participate in a celebration of Latino culture at the 2019 Raleigh Tamale Festival. Enter your tamales in the competition, sign up as a performer, reserved a vendor space, drive in a food truck, or volunteer to be a part of this annual event.
This event, organized by the city’s Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (PRCR) department each year, includes a competitions where tamale makers will compete to see who makes the “Best Tamale in Raleigh.” Spots are available for food and non-food vendors, performers and volunteers are needed for this event, which draws approximately 5,000 visitors.
Scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019, 2-6pm, the festival will be held at the Dix Park Flower Field, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina (Wake County). This event will be free and open to the public.
See Raleigh Tamale Festival details on the city of Raleigh website at www.raleighnc.gov/…/RaleighTamale.html.
For those interested in being a part of this annual festival, the PRCR is seeking:
Tamale Makers to Compete — Enter as an Amateur or a Professional, just be sure to get your entry Application in by September 15, 2019. You’ll find the rules and entry form under “Competitors” on the festival webpage. Applications cover requirements and instructions in English / Español.
Sponsors — Market a business, product, service, etc. to attendees of the 2019 event. Details and links may be found under “Sponsorship” on the festival webpage, and click the link to sponsorship opportunities in English / Español.
Entertainers — Authentic Latino entertainers are invited to sign up and perform at the 2019 festival. See the festival webpage, click the link under “Entertainers”, and follow the prompts to sign-up to be considered as festival performers.
Hispanic-themed Food Trucks / Food Vendors — Become a Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources vendor and sell tamales during the festival. Note that food vendors must participate in the tamale competition, too. See the festival webpage, and select “Vendors” for details/fee.
Fair Foods Vendors — A few non-Hispanic food vendors (fair foods like funnel cakes, etc.) may participate. See the festival webpage, and select “Vendors” for details/fee.
Non-food (Retail) Vendors — Sell products, provide information on services, and talk with attendees throughout the festival day. Vendors are provided with an outdoor space, table, and two chairs, for the fee of $175. See the festival webpage, and select “Vendors” for details/fee.
Volunteers — Be a part of the festival by helping on the day of the event. Volunteers will be needed from setup, throughout the day, to breakdown/clean up after the festival. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Volunteers must sign a release form, and volunteers under 18 must have an adult sign their release. On the festival webpage, and select “Volunteers”.