About this project
WE MADE IT! YAY! THANK YOU EVERYONE! We have just about 24 hours left, so let's go for a stretch goal.
Let's raise another $2,000 to go toward editing and post production of the "Tamal Tales" Video Booth interviews we record at TamalFest DC on Sunday. If we make our goal, we'll invite everyone of our backers to attend a live premiere of the new program in Washington D.C. next year. Besides an exclusive invitation-only screening, there will be tamales, of course!
Watch our TamalFest DC video interviewing a few of the chefs taking part in this year's festival. You can read the latest on this year's chefs, musicians, kids activities, video booth, and more!
TamalFest DC—part culinary fiesta; part cultural exchange
Tamales have been around for centuries. It is a truly a pan-American dish passed on for generations across Latin America—and more recently in the United States, where Latino immigrants, and other tamal lovers, establish new traditions.
Last year, we, at HOLA CULTURA, had the idea of bringing residents of Washington DC together for a new twist on a tamaliza, or tamal party. The first annual TamalFest DC took place on April 19, 2015 at St. Stephen’s Church in Washington's traditionally Latino Columbia Heights neighborhood, and featured tamales from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, and Colombia.
The outpouring of public enthusiasm was an inspiration. Before selling out, we served 400 people, twice the number initially estimated. Still, TamalFest organizers had to turn away hungry people lined up around the block despite the springtime rain. That was a good problem to have, as it turned out, so this year, we're planning an even bigger and better TamalFest and invite you to join us as a festival backer!
Hola Cultura’s second annual TamalFest DC on Dec.4, 2016 will serve even more Washington DC-area residents and strive to include even more types of tamales.
By becoming a financial backer, you are supporting local culinary impresarios--from restaurant owners to small ma and pa (or mami y papi) operations, as well as local performers providing the festival entertainment.
You will also be supporting the empowering social mission of HOLA CULTURA, celebrating the wide variety of high quality Latino arts and cultural expressions unfolding year-round across the greater Washington region.
TamalFest DC 2016 – Columbia Heights DC
Sun/Dom, Dec. 4, 2016, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Bell Multicultural High School Cafeteria
3101 16th St. NW, Washington DC 20010
REWARDS! All backers, no matter if they give one dollar or hundreds of dollars will receive our sincere thanks and TamalFest updates. Support us even more and select from a variety of unique DC Latino arts + cultural offerings.
We have bookmarks with thought provoking quotes from some of the Spanish-speaking world's greatest writers and artists. While supplies last, receive a Hola Cultura t-shirt with our logo based on the original sketch by talented DC artist Lazaro Batista, or let us hook you up with some of DC's best tamales for your next family or office party--or anytime! We also have some unique art world experiences for those who choose to support TamalFest at a higher financial level.
We are also excited to offer these special edition Holiday Cards that showcase the real DC! Back TamalFest and take home one or a full set of these special cards by local DC artist Carlos Carmonamedina, who is a member of our Tamalfest DC Organizing Committee.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about TamalFest DC. Please back our efforts to make TamalFest DC happen again this year!
Please check back again frequently for more updates on the amazing cooks that make TamalFest possible.
Risks and challenges
Like other community projects, our success in 2016 will depend on how the community responds to this event by purchasing tickets, supporting this crowdsourcing campaign, and generally supporting our efforts to spread the word and invite the public to join us for TamalFest on Dec. 4.
However, we do not foresee any major risks to backers. Hola Cultura successfully hosted the sold-out first annual TamalFest DC in 2015. For this year, we've already lined up the venue, recruited cooks and more than two dozen volunteers to help make this year's fest even better than last year. The TamalFest must and will go on! The production and cost of the rewards have been rolled into the festival budget which guarantees delivery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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