The Inland Empire Tamale Festival returns today

Got a taste for tamales? Then Riverside’s White Park is the place to be today (April 16).

The fourth annual Riverside Tamale Festival is set for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Of course, there will be contests — for tamale eating, and for both professional and non-professional tamale makers — but the festival is much more than that.

There will be vendors selling tamales and other food items, and a main stage with singers, mariachis and folklorico dancers.

Riverside Art Museum is hosting a collaborative painting session featuring artist Maxx Gramajo.

Authors James Luna and Juliana Cruz are scheduled to do book readings.

There will also be a meet and greet with YouTube star Silvia Salas Sanchez (“Abuela’s Kitchen”) and her grandmother.

Suggested minimum donation for entrance is $5 per person or family of four.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online.

Proceeds will benefit the Spanish Town Heritage Foundation, an organization that seeks to restore the Trujillo Adobe and establish a Spanish Town historical and cultural district.

White Park is at 3885 Market St. in downtown Riverside.