Volunteers dish out 1,200 tamale plates at 14th-annual event

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District has added its dose of sugar, spice and everything nice to the holiday season once again by bringing back the annual tamalada for the 14th consecutive year.

This year’s community-wide event was held Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Willie De Le Civic Center where more than 1,200 free-of-charge plates were served to the Uvalde community.

Approximately 20-25 volunteers gathered at the Benson Educational Complex over a three-day period to make the tamales.

Anne Marie Espinoza, executive director of marketing and communication for UCISD, said volunteers made roughly 8,400 tamales, giving attendees a choice of cheese and jalapeno, pork, or chicken.

“I love helping at the tamalada because it gives our community an opportunity to come together to celebrate a long tradition of making tamales,” said volunteer Deyanira Salazar.


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