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
Chef Henry Patey of the Oxnard College Culinary Arts Program.
For more information, call 805.766.4906 or visit www.oxnardtamalefest.com.