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DECEMBER

Indio International Tamale Festival

If you have never unwrapped the corn husk of a tamale to reveal the delicious, steaming filling inside—well, you have a good thing coming. Head for this amazing event, just south of Palm Springs, to experience an incredible array of authentic tamales. The festival also includes a best-recipe competition, a tamale-eating contest, a parade, live performers on five stages, traditional dancers, mariachis in concert, and a car show featuring hot rods and low riders. It is no wonder that this event—which has been around since 1992—has earned a spot on the Food Network’s top 10 list of American food festivals.