Got Tamales And They're Red Hot at Tamalefest This Sunday

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Gapers Block alerts us to the existence of a festival we knew nothing about, but are happy to make the acquaintance of: Tamalefest. Well, strictly speaking it's Feria del Tamale, because this is an authentic Latino festival, held at Benito Juarez Community Academy at Ashland and Cermak, complete with competition for the best tamale as well as for the best atole (a thick cornmeal-based drink). This seems to be its second year and promises 50 different varieties of tamales, a big enthusistic crowd, music and games for the whole family. It's this Sunday from 9 to 4; read more about it from the aptly-named Andie Thomalla (pronounce it aloud). [Gapers Block]