For coming up on 45 years in 2020, the town of Zwolle has celebrated its Spanish and Native American heritage with the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, a three-day event held the second weekend of October each year. More than 15,000 people gather in Sabine Parish to attend the celebration annualy, and they consume tens of thousands of tamales when they do!
Top Things to Do at Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
The Zwolle Tamale Fiesta offers a heritage-rich, fun-filled weekend with plenty of delicious hot tamales, live entertainment, tamale-making demonstrations, tamale-eating contest, arts and crafts, street dancing, 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.
History of Zwolle Tamale Fiesta
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 for the Fiesta, Stay for the Weekend
The area's natural beauty and incredible scenery are perfect for a relaxing weekend. Take a breath of fresh air and throw in a line at North Louisiana's lakes and trails. North Toledo Bend State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park sit on the 2015 and 2016 lists of top-ranked bass fishing lakes in the U.S. according to BASS Magazine. Both parks feature a variety of accommodations from rustic campsites to RV hookups and improved cabins. Toledo Bend is known for its world-class bass fishing. Learn more about Louisiana's Bass Trail.
Visit Toledo Bend Lake Country for more information about this festival and all the other things you can do while visiting the Toledo Bend area.
Can't make it to this year's Zwolle Tamale Fiesta? Try your hand in the kitchen with this authentic Zwolle Hot Tamale recipe.