La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles & Gus the Chihuahua, Big Winners!

On Friday and Saturday, January 17th & 18th, the City of Atascadero hosted the 5th Annual Tamale Festival with over eighty-five vendors in attendance! Thirty of these vendors specialized in tamales of all kinds attending both from San Luis Obispo County as well as across California!

Each year, the festival hosts a “Best Tamale” Contest, a Tamale Eating Contest and a Chihuahua & Pet Costume Contest! Following are the results:


BEST OVERALL TAMALE: La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles!


TRADITIONAL TAMALE WINNERS: ➢ 1st Place Non-Profit ~ La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles; 2nd Place Non-Profit ~ La Luz Del Mundo Santa Ana;➢ 1st Place Commercial ~ Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo; 2nd Place Commercial ~ Beth’s Tamales/ Old Town Mexican Cafe’ Santa Ana

GOURMET TAMALE WINNERS: ➢ 1st Place Non-Profit ~ La Luz Del Mundo Santa Ana; 2nd Place Non-Profit ~ La Luz Del Mundo Paso Robles;➢ 1st Place Commercial ~ Mary’s Cuisine Catering, San Luis Obispo; 2nd Place Commercial ~ Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales, Napoleon Pacoima

TAMALE EATING CONTEST!➢ Winners (12 & Over): 1st Place ~ Charles G. Bill of Indio California; 2nd & 3rd Runners up: Mark Bartolucci & Joshua Russel;➢ Winners (11 & Under): 1st Place ~ William Maynard; 2nd Place – Brenden Edwards

CHIHUAHUA & PET COSTUME CONTEST!➢ 1st Place ~ Best Costume: Gus, Owner Paige Foss➢ 1st Place ~ Best Overall Costume/ Most Creative: Gus, Owner Paige Foss;➢ 1st Place ~ Owner/ Dog Look-a-like: Bean, Owner Ava Kershner

The City of Atascadero sends out a sincere thank you to this year’s sponsors: Presenting sponsor Metro by T-Mobile; Supporting sponsors Supervisor Debbie Arnold, Coastal Communities Physicians Network (CCPN), H&R Block; and our In-Kind sponsors Kennedy Club Fitness, Woods Humane Society, Garcia’s Restaurant Atascadero and Kenneth Heating & Air and Waste Management.  Special thanks to Medina Light Show and Designs – Manuel Medina; Emcee Francisco Ramirez; Ranchero ArtistManuel Enrique and the Famous Dancing Horses; Mariachi Voces Tapatias, Mariachi Mexicanisimo Band; Los Gatos Locos Band; Steppin Out Band, Brass Mash Band, The Dork Band/ Mindless Entertainment, Grupo Folklorico Dancers of Paso Robles; Friends of the Atascadero Lake; Pyro Spectacular for the Firework show; all of the tamale tasting judges, and our amazing vendors who traveled here from all over California!  

Thank you to everyone for making our 5th Annual Tamale Festival a success! We are looking forward to next year! 

SAVE THE DATE: January 15-16, 2021