Look ahead: 2014 Tamales! Holiday Festival at the Pearl

Noon - 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6


SAN ANTONIO – By the end of the week, we'll be finishing off turkey leftovers, wrapping up our celebration of the autumn harvest and diving head first into the rush to get our Christmas shopping lists fulfilled.

'Tis almost the season for gingerbread, egg nog, fruit cake and, here in San Antonio, tamales!

Tamales are traditionally made around Christmas and las Posadas. They're assembled with masa and filling, which usually consists of meat or beans, then wrapped up in corn husks or a banana leaves and steamed.

And it is around this time each year when the Pearl Brewery clears out its parking lots to welcome tamales vendors from across the San Antonio area for its annual Tamales! Holiday Festival.

This year's festival is set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Pearl. While admission is free, plan on bringing plenty of cash. Food and beverage prices vary from $1 to $5.

And be sure to check the forecast before you go. Last year, crowds had to brave freezing temperatures to taste the tender, juicy tamale goodness. Of course, there's always hot cocoa.

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