The longest-running tamal festival is returning to the Alamo City with two days of comida, cultura, and familia on Sat. Dec. 11 through Sun. Dec. 12 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
🫔 What is La Gran Tamalada?
- In 2008, Dr. Ellen Clark founded La Grand Tamalada. She’s also the co-author of “Tamales, Comadres, and the meaning of Civilization”.
- The event was originally hosted at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center but grew so large that it had to be moved to Historic Market Square.
🫔 Here’s what you can expect at this year’s event.
- A holiday market curated by SA Local Market.
- Free kids activities by San Antonio Public Library.
- Pancho Claus will make an appearance for holiday photo ops.
- The weather will transform to snow provided by Centro San Antonio.
- Abuelita Hot Chocolate booth, tamal + buñuelo vendors.
- Storybook reading sessions of “Camilla La Magica Makes Tamales”.
- Live music featuring mariachis, tejano bands + more.
🫔 There will also be a ton of freebies for San Antonians to snag.
- 250 mugs with hot chocolate will be given away at the Abuelita booth.
- 250 samples of packaged Abuelita will be given away to take home + recipe booklets with Abuelita recipes.
From 10-11:30 a.m. Market Square will be giving away a copy of “Camilla La Magica” + a goodie bag to the first 50 kids.
🫔 La Gran Tamalada will continue virtual programming.
- Tamalada kits will be available to purchase to learn how to make your own tamales at home.
- There will also be a virtual Tamal Institute workshop featuring Dr. Ellen Clark who will discuss ingredients, recipes and cooking methods that go into making tamales.