The first-ever Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival, Saturday (Aug. 8) in Angel Fire, was so successful latecomers missed their chance to sample all the delicious entries.
“We apologize for running out of tamales so early but we were not expecting to sell 1,215 tamale-tasting tickets before 1:30 p.m.,” Jo Mixon, executive director of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce wrote in her Weekly Chamber E-Blast today (Aug. 10). “We will certainly be more prepared for the size of the crowd next year!
“People stopped by the voters booth and the Chamber of Commerce to tell us they came from Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Springer, Santa Fe, Española, Belen, Clovis, Carlsbad, Taos, Raton, and Eagle Nest in New Mexico; Amarillo, Lubbock, Georgetown, Austin, Witchita Falls, and Dallas in Texas; and from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey.
“Most of them said they intend to come again next year.”
And the winners are…
1st Place, Traditional Tamales: Annette Duran/Rogue Traditional Tamales of Santa Fe, New Mexico; 1st Place, Gourmet Tamales and also People’s Choice Award: Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue.