2011 Oxnard Tamale Festival Taste Test Winners Announced!

The 4th Annual Oxnard Tamale Festival took place this past Saturday in Downtown Oxnard. Organizers of the event have announced the tamale taste test champions!

The 2011 Oxnard Tamale Festival Tamale Making Champion is...BG's Coffee Shop (805.487.0700) located at 428 South A Street, Oxnard

Savory Tamale Category Winners

First Place; Taco De Mexico of Ventura

Second Place; Sugarbeets Restaurant & Bar of Downtown Oxnard

Third Place; The Jolly Oyster of Ventura

Sweet Tamale Category Winners

First Place; BG's Coffee Shop of Downtown Oxnard

Second Place; Me Gusta Gourmet Tamales of Pacoima

Third Place; Nancy's Bakery #2 of South Oxnard 

This year's tamale tasting judges included:

Hon. Steven Hintz, Ventura County Treasurer/Tax Collector

Hon. Mark Lunn, Ventura County Clerk/Recorder,

Hon. Fred Bysshe, Ventura County Superior Court

John Ragan, ARC of Ventura County

Chef Gerard Turbush

Chef Paul Tavakoli

Ralph Herrera

Chef Henry Patey of the Oxnard College Culinary Arts Program.

For more information, call 805.766.4906 or visit www.oxnardtamalefest.com.