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Tamale Festival at Pearl spices up the weekend

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The chill of winter is coming around again this weekend in San Antonio and if you are looking for a warm way to spend a Saturday, try the "Tamale Festival".

This year will be the third annual event for Tamales Holiday Festival that began in Dec 2010 at the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio. It is a fun time to celebrate the tradition of tamale making plus music and crafts.

The festival will be held on Sat. Dec 7th from 12 noon to 6pm at the Pearl Brewery. The event is free to the public and there will be live music and performances. No tickets required. It is a family friendly atmosphere with over 40 tamale makers bringing their unique spicy flavors to the cold weekend ahead. Food and beverages will be available. And there is a kid's craft area.

Tamale history traces back to the ancient Mayan culture of Mexico where the dough or masa is wrapped in cornhusks. The fillings can be pork or chicken in red or green salsa or mole. In other areas of Central America the tamale may be wrapped in plantain leaves and in Peru and Bolivia the tamale is wrapped in banana leaves. Tamales are a part of the Christmas holidays for most local families.

For a quick lesson on tamale making, check the video link above and get the family together in the kitchen.

Enjoy the tamale festival and look for other events throughout the year at the Pearl that include: Paella Challenge and Burgers & Beer. There is also a farmers market on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm with local vendors providing the seasonal produce from our area.

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