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Monday, July 21, 2014

Tamales in the news; Hot Tamale Festival in Greenville October 16-18

Above - a Mississippi Blues Trail marker sits in stands in front of Rosedale's White Front Cafe. Courtesy of the Southern Foodways Alliance, who featured this image on a blog post.

This week the Wall Street Journal ran an article by Greenville, Mississippi native Julia Reed on the contemporary excitement among chefs for hot tamales, which have been a staple of Delta cuisine for a century.

On October 16-18 Greenville will host the Delta Hot Tamale Festival Fest, which will include a tamale cooking contest, a tamale eating contest, live music (the lineup is not yet posted, but last year there were multiple blues acts), and a "Literary/Culinary Mash-up," featuring many prominent chefs, writers and artists.

If you're driving around the Delta be sure to first check out the Hot Tamale Trail, which features a map of restaurants, an overview of the history of tamales in the Delta, and oral history interviews with tamale makers and sellers. It was created by the the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi's Center for the Study of Southern Culture.

This year's King and Queen of the Delta Hot Tamale Festival
are local bluesman Eddie Cusic and Corrine Goodman. 
From the Festival's Facebook page.

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