When: Sun., Sept. 15, 12-4 p.m. 2013
Making tamales is mucho más dificil than making burritos. Observe master masa-manipulating skills in action at Viva Tamales, a tamale cook-off and Mexican Independence Day celebration at La Borinqueña Mexicatessen (582 7th St., Oakland). Many local artisans will make tamales of various types — sweet and savory, meatless and fully fleshed — which participants can then sample and judge, with beer and sangria on hand to enhance la fiesta. All proceeds benefit La Clinica de la Raza’s educational programs.