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Best Darn Tamale Contest 2012

CasaQ & NBC Bay Area

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Ticket Type Price Fee Quantity
Tamale Contest Application - Credit Card   more info $50.00 $3.74
Tamale Contest Application - Pay by Check   more info Free $0.00
Tamale Add-On   more info $10.00 $1.54

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CasaQ & NBC Bay Area's Best Darn Tamale contest is open to all tamale locations in the USA who meet the following requirements:

A. Tamales must be made in a commercial kitchen. Health permit required.

B. Tamales must be directly available to the general public to purchase year-round.

C. Tamales must be available to purchase by the dozen to go or online.

D. Completed Application and $50 Entry Fee submitted by November 1, 2012

Entry fee includes:
Five (5) Tamale Entries, Website Listing, Contest Certificate, and Television Listing
.  All entries are subject to approval.


Contestant may enter (5) five options in any of the following categories:
1. Traditional/Homestyle Chicken
2. Traditional/Homestyle Pork or Beef
3. Cheese/Vegetarian/Vegan
4. Gourmet/Exotic
5. Sweet/Dessert

Note: Tamale maker may enter more than 5 options for an additional entry fee of $10 each.


Preliminary Judging

During the month of October and November 2012 tamales will be tasted and judged by an independent panel to select the five best tamales or finalists from each category to be included in the on-air contest.

Four (4) tamales per category entered for prelimary tasting must be delivered to:

San Jose Job Corps Culinary School

c/o CasaQ Tamale Contest

3485 East Hills Dr.ive

San Jose, CA 95127


Once registered we will notify you which day your tamales will be tasted for proper delivery instructions. Finalists will be notified on or before November 5, 2012 and will recieve additional instructions at that time for on-air participation.

Final Judging

25 finalist tamales will be tasted by a four judge panel during a taped live show. Judges include three invited celebrity judges and one Best Darn Tamale taster contest winner. The judging on-air is a blind-tasting. All entries will have any distinguishable markings removed including husks, leaves or any other inedible wrapping used. Each individual entry will be given a specific number. Judges will be asked to rate each tamale based on their filling, masa and overall taste.

Because of the number of tamalerias wishing to participate, NBC studios limited access and short time allocation given, your tamale may not appear on television. The company name of all entries whether chosen or not as a finalist will be listed on television and on the website. All 25 finalists will receive a "CasaQ favorite pick" designation on the website and be mailed a certificate.  The 5 winning tamale entries will be announced on-air, receive a special designation on website, press release announcement and other prize to be determined.

Have questions about Best Darn Tamale Contest 2012? Contact CasaQ & NBC Bay Area


CasaQ & NBC Bay Area

About CasaQ

CasaQ is a San Jose-based, Hispanic lifestyle company, dedicated to providing unique products, services and content geared toward people who embrace the Latino culture.

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