Carnitas teams wanted for Festival de la Comunidad Cook-Off

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Booth applications due Aug. 31

Winters Community Corazón
Special to the Express

The City of Winters is preparing to celebrate its beloved Annual Festival de la Comunidad on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 4:30–10:30 p.m. at Rotary Park. The highlight of this event is the Carnitas Cook-Off, and Winters Community Corazón is encouraging teams or families who have great carnitas recipes to participate in the Carnitas Cook-Off.

The first prize of $300 will be awarded by the panel of judges, as well as a $200 second place and a $150 third place prize, plus the Best Decorated Booth will win $50.

The early deadline for all applications is Sept. 2. Space is limited to six teams of three people. Spots will be reserved strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Teams will be provided with 80 pounds of high quality pork and a box of lard on the morning of the cook-off. All other ingredients for the carnitas must be provided by the team. Teams are advised to arrive at Rotary Park at 9:30 a.m. and commence cooking by 11 a.m.

Carnitas Cook-Off Participant Application Agreement forms and a $50 refundable deposit for the pork are due at Winters City Hall by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Cook-Off forms can be found at City Hall, 318 First St., at El Pueblo Meat Market & Deli, 43 Main St. or by contacting Irene Goya Tweedt at 530-304-9423 or

This Festival is made possible by our generous donors, volunteers, Winters Community Corazón and you.

Booth applications available
Booth applications are now available to the community. The festival features family-friendly activities, music, food, and the Carnitas Cook-Off competition. The deadline for all vendors is Aug. 31, earlier than all years past.

Community groups, nonprofit groups, and vendors may submit applications to participate in the event. Booth forms are also available on the City of Winters website ( or at City Hall.

All food vendors must have a valid health department permit, available at the Yolo County Health Department, 292 W. Beamer St in Woodland or by calling 530-666-8646. The Health Department needs at least two weeks to approve food vendors prior to the deadline. All booth applications are available at City Hall. Booth applications are due at Winters City Hall by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31. Applications can be turned in electronically to

Booth spaces are limited. For applications or more information, contact Irene Goya Tweedt at 530-304-9423 or

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