Riverside Tamale Festival returns April 19

Tamale fans can rejoice in the fact that the Riverside Tamale Festival is back for a second year of entertainment, family fun, contests, and of course, tamales!

The festival will take place once again at White Park, 3936 Chestnut St., in downtown Riverside.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

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Farrell’s Quake Shake sales to benefit Red Cross

QuakeShakeTalk about timely.

Hot on the heels of last week’s 5.1 temblor in La Habra and this week’s deadly Chilean earthquake, Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour has created a Rocky Road Quake Shake, made with chocolate ice cream and a marshmallow swirl and topped with whipped cream, almonds and a cherry.

Through Sunday (April 6), the chain is donating 100% of the sales of the $4.99 dessert to the American Red Cross

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Celebrate Barbie’s birthday with Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour on Sunday

2014BarbieGuess who’s turning 55…Barbie!

Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour restaurants are celebrating the iconic doll’s birthday with a daylong celebration on Sunday (March 9).

Guests are invited to join Barbie and Ken from 10 to 11 a.m. at Farrell’s (except Santa Clarita, sorry) for a Barbie-inspired Zoo sundae, filled with 30 scoops of ice cream.

After singing a special birthday song to the guest of honor, the Zoo will be shared with the young guests (12 years old and younger) in attendance.

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Second Inland Empire Cupcake Fair is May 4

Inland Empire Cupcake FairThe big question is: Will there be any Star Wars-themed cupcakes?

That’s because, Sunday, May 4, is the date for the second annual Inland Empire Cupcake Fair, at which yours truly will again be a judge.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. (with V.I.P. admission at 11 a.m.) at the newly-revamped Riverside Convention Center, 3637 Fifth St.

The organizers, I.E. Shine On, note that they have learned much from last year’s event and things should run a lot more smoothly this year.

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Save on Shakey’s Bunch of Lunch tomorrow

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor has decided to give its fans a little break tomorrow (January 21).

The pizzeria has posted a “Fan Appreciation” coupon for its famous Bunch of Lunch on its Twitter feed.

Coupon-holders will receive the all-you-can-eat meal for just $5.99 (with the purchase of a regular-sized beverage), a savings of $2 off the current price of $7.99.

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Want a free falafel sandwich? Read on

Allan Borgen’s Feed Me 411 has teamed up with Riverside’s Pita Mediterranean Grill and New York Deli (formerly Innabi…remember when they used to have a Redlands location?) to offer a coupon for a free falafel sandwich.

The offer is limited to the first 500 takers, so don’t delay!

Click here for the coupon, which you can either print the coupon or display it on your mobile device.

Pita Mediterranean Grill and New York Deli is at 16810 Van Buren Blvd., Suite 102.

Old Spaghetti Factory celebrating 45th anniversary with $4 and $5 meals, contest

Forty-five years ago this Friday (January 10), the first Old Spaghetti Factory opened in Portland.

The restaurant chain is celebrating that anniversary with a contest and special prices.

On Monday and Tuesday (January 13 and 14), as well as January 20 and 21, complete meals will be available for just $4 and $5.

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Riverside’s Phood on Main has closed

As announced earlier this year, Riverside’s Phood on Main served its final meals last month.

Owners Marla Cohen and Lyn Cloninger’s side business with a PG-13 name has taken off, and the duo has shut down the restaurant to focus on manufacturing and distributing their line of spices, which we’ll just call SSS for short.

Phood on Main, 3737 Main St., Suite 100, had been in downtown Riverside for seven years.

Click here for a farewell message, as posted on Facebook.

Gingerbread Shop returns to Riverside’s Festival of Lights

Gingerbread ShopSince they’ve apparently been shut out of the L.A. County Fair, the only place locally to find the Yucaipa-based Gingerbread Shop is at downtown Riverside’s Festival of Lights, where they’ve parked for at least the last three years.

The pink A-frame is apparently an offshoot of a bakery at Santa’s Village and for a time was a fixture at the Inland Center in San Bernardino.

The shop serves up delicious desserts, including cinnamon rolls, apple crisp, and yes, gingerbread cake and gingerbread men, as well as hot beverages.

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