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We're bringing people together again on Dec. 4th to celebrate our diversity through the enjoyment of Latin American tamales!
We're bringing people together again on Dec. 4th to celebrate our diversity through the enjoyment of Latin American tamales!
We're bringing people together again on Dec. 4th to celebrate our diversity through the enjoyment of Latin American tamales!
170 backers pledged $5,243 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

Check out our beautiful new logo by DC artist Frida Larios
Check out our beautiful new logo by DC artist Frida Larios

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

Here's a percentage breakdown of our TamalFest 2016 budget
Here's a percentage breakdown of our TamalFest 2016 budget

 

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.

Here are three of our popular bookmarks!
Here are three of our popular bookmarks!

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. 

TamalFest Media Team members Paula, Mercedes, Estefani, Lucia, and Herbert model our Hola Cultura T-shirts. Photo by Media Team member Daniel Martínez
TamalFest Media Team members Paula, Mercedes, Estefani, Lucia, and Herbert model our Hola Cultura T-shirts. Photo by Media Team member Daniel Martínez
 

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.

Unique DC Holiday Cards by Carlos Carmonamedina!
Unique DC Holiday Cards by Carlos Carmonamedina!

 

 

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.

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    Unique DC Holiday Postcards

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    Food for Thought

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    Your Ticket to TamalFest DC!

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    All three Unique DC Holiday Postcards

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    Your Ticket to TamalFest DC!

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    Tamal Traditions

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    Two Tickets to TamalFest DC!

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    Wearable Cultura

    We'll send you an Hola Cultura t-shirt bearing our sun logo based on the original sketch by Washington DC artist Lázaro Batista.

    Various sizes, including kids sizes, and styles available while supplies last!

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    TamalFest here you come!

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    Three Tickets to TamalFest DC!

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    Four Tickets to TamalFest DC!

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    Dinner for Two

    Receive two tickets to TamalFest and ensure your place before we sell out!

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    La Familia Tamal Lovers Special

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    Tamales to Go!

    Can't wait for TamalFest? We can help!

    Backers at this level receive a dozen (12) handmade tamales from one of our participating TamalFest chefs. While supplies last, backers choose the chef and types of tamales (chicken, pork, veggie, etc.).

    Also receive a t-shirt, bookmark, backer updates, and a shout out on our website.

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    More Tamales Porfavor!

    Have a special occasion or holiday party coming up? Bring tamales and wow your friends, colleagues and loved ones!

    Backers at this level receive two dozen (24) handmade tamales from one of our participating TamalFest chefs. While supplies last, backers choose the chef and types of tamales (chicken, pork, veggie, etc.).

    Also receive a bookmark, backer updates, and a shout out on our website.

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    DC's Hidden Latino Art Tour

    Washington DC has a thriving local Latino art scene, which Hola Cultura has been chronicling for the last five years on our website, www.holacultura.com. Besides local artists, we are also fortunate to have the Smithsonian museums here, which in recent years have begun collecting more work by Latino arts.

    Join Hola Cultura on a tour of Washington DC's hidden Latino art or for lunch with local Latino artists.

    Backers at this level may choose between three options offered during one special day dedicated to Latino art:

    Option #2: A carefully curated tour of the most significant artwork by Latino or Hispanic world artists on display at Washington's Smithsonian museums.

    Option #2: Lunch with local Latino artists.

    Option #3: A street tour of Washington DC's Latino murals guided by a local muralista and based on Hola Cultura's previous research and online mapping of the rich history of local Latino street art.

    Select the Smithsonian tour, a ticket for the luncheon, or the murals tour. Or select all three for a full day of arte, cultura and local Latino art history.

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    Latino artist talks or cultural demos

    For backers at this level, we'll work with you to bring one of our featured Latino artists, performers or chefs to your home, office, special event, or party. In consultation with you, Hola Cultura will handle all the details of curating this special presentation, discussion, or demonstration showcasing greater Washington's vibrant Latino arts and culinary scenes.

    Backers at this level will also receive two tickets to TamalFest, a t-shirt, a bookmark, backer updates, and a shout out on our website.

    *Presentations scheduled between 2/1/2017 and 11/1/2017.

    Buy now for your next Cinco de Mayo or Hispanic Heritage Month festivity!

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