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Tamales at the Pearl: A Seasonal Celebration, Family Fun

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Tamale-judging at last year's Pearl competition.

Tamales are the stars of the show at the Tamales! festival at the Pearl.

Tamales at Pearl  – A Holiday Family Festival will be Saturday at the Pearl Brewery.  The event is, as its name suggests, very family friendly. It will run from noon until 7 p.m.

During the holidays tamales, which are an everyday San Antonio treat, really come into their own. This celebration at the Pearl is fast on its way to becoming a tradition as well.

The event is free, and, just as last year, thousands of tamales will be brought to the market for sale — and thousands will disappear. Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria Ice House says last year’s favorites were the Oaxacan and Vera Cruz styles.

In addition to these corn-husk-wrapped Mexican delicacies (and sometimes banana-leaf-wrapped) the festival will feature booths from San Antonio restaurants, a tamal-making contest, music, dancing and family activities.

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