If you go:
What: 2nd annual New Mexico Tamal Fiesta y Mas, a festival of New Mexican Culture, with food, drink, music and arts, culminating in a judged tamal contest.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: On Broadway Street, west of Bullard and at the Silver City Museum
Information: For more information, call (575) 538-5555 or (575) 538-1337 or visit www.tamalfiestaymas.org
SILVER CITY — Silver City residents and visitors alike can look forward to a tasty new tradition at the 2nd annual Tamal Fiesta y Mas this Saturday on Broadway Street.
The fiesta is a slight remodel of last year's inaugural Tamale Fiesta. The event is once again organized by the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber of Commerce. This year, their goal is to be a bit more authentic to New Mexico culture and to grow outward to bring more people to Silver City.
More than 30 vendors, from as near as downtown Silver City and from as far away as El Paso, will set up shop in booths along Broadway, west of Bullard Street. Food vendors include Masa y Mas, which came away with the "Best Gourmet Tamale" award last year, and the freshly opened La Bonita Mexican bakery.
There will be music too through the Green Chamber's partnership with the Grant County Chicano Music Project, which is providing an MC in Silvia Rueda and two bands to entertain guests at the afternoon's street party. There will also be a group of dancers all the way from Chihuahua, Mexico.
The event culminates in the noon tamal judging — awards going to the best traditional and gourmet tamales. Judges for the event are Buck Burns; Lawrence Rael, the president of the New Mexico Green Chamber; and New Mexico Tourism Commissioner Ted Garcia, in town for the quarterly Tourism Commission meeting.
"We're just thrilled that the Tourism Commission will be in town," said Cissy McAndrew, director of the Southwest New Mexico Green Chamber. "Our Fiesta ties right into what they're doing with culture and the New Mexico True project."
No Excuses T-Shirts will make custom shirts for the event, letting patrons choose the colors they want and then making them to order.
Broadway and intersecting streets from Bullard to Arizona will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the event.
There will be a host of family-oriented programs at the Silver City Museum to compliment the downtown event.
"We'd like to thank the town of Silver City, the Silver City MainStreet Project and the shops downtown, who will be helping by providing power to the event," McAndrew said. "We had to get a generator too this year, but we hope by next year to develop an infrastructure for the event with built-in power."
The Chamber has big plans for the event, as its growth this year has already shown.
ON BROADWAY WEST OF BULLARD STREET:
¥ 10 to 11a.m.: Opening Ceremony with Mariachi Rosas del Desierto, the acclaimed all-girl mariachi troupe from Deming
¥ 11:15 a.m. to noon: Matachines La Rosa del Tepeyac - traditional dancers from Chihuahua, Mexico
¥ Noon Tamal Judging - awards for best traditional and gourmet tamales
¥ 1 to 4 p.m.: Tardeada (street party with live music provided by Grant County Chicano Music Project: Friends of the Underground & The Illusion Band)
AT THE SILVER CITY MUSEUM:
¥ 11 to 11:30 a.m., 1:30 to 2 p.m.: Bilingual storytelling
¥ Noon to 1 p.m.: Flores Mexicanas (paper flower making) workshop
¥ 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Culture in the Kitchen: Traditional Holiday Foods
Benjamin Fisher can be reached at (575) 538-5893 ext. 5803.