For more than 40 years, the town of Zwolle has celebrated it's Spanish and Native American heritage with the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, a three-day event held the second weekend of Octboer each year. Annually, 15,000 people gather in Sabine Parish to attend the celebration each year, and they consume tens of thousands of tamales.
The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta offers a heritage-rich, fun-filled weekend with plenty of delicious hot tamales, live entertainment, tamale-making demonstrations, arts and crafts, street dancing, a costume contest, parades and a mud bog. Worried about the calories you'll consume at this tasty fiesta? There's a 1k walk and 5k run on Saturday morning so you can indulge guilt free. Carnival rides will keep the young and young at heart entertained for hours. The fiesta is fun for the entire family.
Zwolle was originally an Indian village that was occupied by the Spanish Province of Texas for many years. It was settled by the descendants of French and Spanish adventurers, who intermarried with the friendly Indians and with English-speaking settlers from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas. The town was named for a community in Holland, in honor of a prominent Dutch visitor.
The fiesta stems from a combination of the Indians’ and Spaniards’ culinary efforts to produce the most delectable hot tamale in the country.
Come early and stay for the weekend. Relax and enjoy the scenery of North Louisiana's lakes and trails. North Toledo Bend State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park sit on the 2015 and 2016 top-ranked bass fishing lake in the U.S. according to BASS magazine. Both parks feature a variety of accommodations from rustic campsites to RV hookups and improved cabins. Get information and reserve a cabin or campsite here.
Can't make it to this year's Zwolle Tamale Fiesta? Try your hand in the kitchen with this authentic Zwolle Hot Tamale recipe.
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