We had an awesome turn out for the first annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival!
When: August 8, 2015
Where: Angel Fire, New Mexico
People stopped by the voters booth and the Chamber of Commerce to tell us they came from Albuquerque, Gallup, Farmington, Springer, Santa Fe, Espanola, Belen, Clovis, Carlsbad, Taos, Raton, and Eagle Nest in New Mexico. Amarillo, Lubbock, Georgetown, Austin, Witchita Falls, and Dallas in Texas. And from Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, North Carolina, and New Jersey. And most of them said they intend to come again next year!
The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton, the trick roper who performed and entertained said he never imagined Angel Fire was this beautiful and breath taking. He also told me it was one of the nicest trips of his career!
We apologize for running out of tamales so early but we were not expecting to sell 1215 tamale tasting tickets before 1:30 pm! We will certainly be more prepared for the size of the crowd next year!
Reigning over the 1st Annual Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival Crowned as Wally & Molly Tamale
Molly and Wally Tamale 2015
Diane & Kevin Doherty
Four of the best tamale cooks in the state of New Mexico entered the competition. The judges had a hard time deciding between them because as one judge said, “All of them were excellent. These are the best of the best!”
1st Place Traditional Tamales went to Annette Duran/Rogue Traditional Tamales of Santa Fe, New Mexico
Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley,
Winner: Annette Duran,Rogue Traditional Tamales
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising:David Hayduk
1st Place Gourmet Tamales for her Young Guns Green Chili Cheese is Angel Fire’s own Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue
Pictured: Chamber President: Wende Woolley
Winner: Windy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue
Cook-off Judge/HK Advertising: David Hayduk
Winner of the People’s Choice Award for her Young Guns Green Chili Chicken also Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue Angel Fire, New Mexico
Photo courtesy of John Hail
Winner: Wendy Hail/Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue
Winner of the Tamale Eating Contest Eating 18 Pedros tamales in 3 seconds came all the way from New Jersey to enter!
Len from New Jersey
Tamale Cook-off Judges
Photo courtesy of Janet Sailor
Pictured from left to right: Eric Hoffman,
Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, and David Hayduk
Featured Entertainer Trick Roper Wild West Comedian The Oklahoma Kid, Marty Tipton and Tamale Eating Contest Hostess KKTC Radio Personality Elle Hoover
Photo courtesy of Wende Woolley
Music by Ry Taylor
Photo courtesy of Michael Turri
And then they were gone…
See you next year!
Photos courtesy of Janet Sailor, Wende Woolley, Michael Turri, Leland Hopson, David Hayduk. For more photos and videos check out some of these Facebook pages: Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, Janet Sailor, Angel Fire Fun and many individual pages.
Thank you for Sponsoring Habla Tamale Cook-off Festival 2015
Vicki & Rogers Lanon
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make Habla Tamale a huge success!
Thank you to these volunteers for helping set-up for the event, helped during the festival, and/or helped with breaking down after the event and cleaning up!
Darrell Failing, Brenda Johnson, Michael Turri, Johnese Turri, Larry Laydon, Dominic Serna, Daniel Serna & Crew, Adam Muery, Melissa Duregge, Georgeanne Fore, Ted Thrasher, Dorothy Thrasher, D.J. Geoffroy, Nancy Leinneweber, Martin Leinneweber, Michael Dean, Dave King,
Layna Harvey, Bailey Driskill, Dolly Gilcrease, Sandy Jones, Lauren Dean, Mike Liddle, Joe Sterling, David Hayduk, Margarita Howard, Chico Howard, Eric Hoffman, Abigail Hoffman, Wende Woolley, Rogers Lanon, Vicki Lanon, Leland Hopson, Lysa Hopson, Simone Mills, Donna Klassen
Thank you to Janet Sailor with Access Media for designing our logo and taking photos at the event!
Thank you to Adam Muery, Wheeler Peak Press and the Moreno Valley Community Church for donating the tables and chairs!
Thank you to Acorn Graphics for the awesome banners!
Thank you to the Tamale Cook-off contestants!
- Rouge Traditional Tamales, Annette Duran, Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Wendy Hail – Hail’s Holy Smoked BarBQue & More Angel Fire, New Mexico
- Guillermo & Cecilia Solano, Yaguis HotDogs, Belen, New Mexico
Kathy Serna, H2 Uptown, Angel Fire, New Mexico
Thank you to the all of the festival vendors!