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Enter by Nov. 10: Win $1,000 at the Best Tamales in San Antonio Competition

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Think your family recipe for tamales is the best in town?

Tamales at last year's Pearl competition.

Now, you can prove it! Enter for a chance to win more than bragging rights at the Best Tamales in San Antonio competition at the 2nd Annual Tamales! at Pearl festival planned for Saturday, Dec. 3.

But, you need to enter soon. The deadline is Nov. 10.

The contest will award $1,000 prizes in each of three categories Best Chicken Tamale, Best Pork Tamale and Best Wild Card/Unique Tamale, along with $100 HEB gift cards to the four additional finalists in each category.

The contest is free to enter and is open to individuals 18 years of age and older. Restaurants, caterers and professional tamale manufacturers are not eligible to participate. Tamales must be the original recipe and creative work of the person entering the contest. No third-party purchased tamales may be entered.

Registration forms and contest rules can be downloaded from or are available at the Pearl Administrative Office.  Registration forms must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 10. They can be submitted in person Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. ­ 5 p.m. or mailed to the Pearl Administrative Office, Full Goods Building, 200 East Grayson Street, Suite 210, San Antonio, TX 78215.

Registration forms may also be submitted at the Tamales at Pearl booth at the Pearl Farmers Market on Saturday, November 6, between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pre-registered contestants will be asked to deliver six fully cooked, chilled tamales for each category entered between 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 to the Pearl Studio, located inside the breezeway of the Full Goods Building on the ground floor.

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