Famous La Gran Tamalada Moves to Historic Market Square

Wednesday 29th, November 2017 / 14:36 Written by
Famous La Gran Tamalada Moves to Historic Market Square

Famous La Gran Tamalada takes Place December 10th

The famous La Gran Tamalada will take at the historic Market Square allowing for extended programming for the whole family.

Famous La Gran Tamalada

Famous La Gran Tamalada


Calling all tamale vendors! Join the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and La Familia Cortez on Sunday, December 10th as we host La Gran Tamalada. For more vendor info and pricing please email lagrantamalada@cegroupinc.net.


In San Antonio the holiday season means one thing: lots and lots of tamales. This year, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center has partnered with La Familia Cortez to make the annual La Gran Tamalada even grander: the event, which historically took place at the Guadalupe, has been moved to Historic Market Square to accommodate for more attendees and extended programming.


This year’s event will take place throughout Historic Market Square on Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 11am to 4pm. The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.


“We are happy to expand our programming to the larger San Antonio community by partnering with La Familia Cortez and Market Square,” says Cristina Balli, Executive Director of the Guadalupe.  “La Gran Tamalada began at the Guadalupe Theater with Dr. Carmen Tafolla and Dr. Ellen Riojas Clark.  It was followed by La Familia Cortez and the program became so popular that we outgrew our space!”

Famous La Gran Tamalada

“Whether it’s in the community or in your home, tamaladas are all about sharing memories and culture with the people around you. By bringing this year’s event to Market Square we’re inviting people into my family’s home and helping to preserve cultural culinary traditions,” says Cariño Cortez, third-generation family member of La Familia Cortez.


The expanded culinary experience will have activities (and of course food!) for everyone in the family:


  • La Familia Cortez will share their love of family, tradition and tamales by kicking off the event at 11am, followed by a performance by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.


  • Three stages around Market Square will be activated with live music throughout the day, from mariachis to Tejano and everything in between.


  • Learn how to make tamales and take a few of your own home with hands-on demonstrations in the Fiesta Room every 30 minutes. Children and adults participate in this hands-on opportunity to learn about the ingredients, recipes and cooking methods used in making this culturally iconic dish.


  • Centro de Artes will be activated with activities for niños thanks to the San Antonio Public Library. Children can take part in hands-on activities such as decorating cornhusk dolls, making play-doh tamales and coloring pages in addition to listening to storybook readings. Pancho Claus will be making a special appearance for photo opps, so be sure to bring your camera along too.


  • Purchase your dozen tamales for the season or just a few to snack on that day at one of the 10 tamal vendors.


  • Event merchandise will be for sale at Mi Tierra’s Pachanga Store. All proceeds will benefit the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.


The free event blends storytelling, the history of the tamalada and promotes cultural pride and lifelong learning. Participants take home both knowledge of and appreciation for the techniques that have been passed from generation to generation for many years.


For more information about La Gran Tamalada, please visit the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center’s Website or La Gran Tamalada’s Facebook event.

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