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Learning to Make Tamales at the Guadalupe, Cortez Family Style

La Gran Tamalada at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the city’s Westside is a tradition that dates back nearly a decade, but the dozens of families and friends who would turn out for the seasonal gathering grew to an audience of hundreds last year when Cariño Cortez and four generations of her family of Mi Tierra fame took over.

Saturday’s tamal-making festival filled the theater, crowded the lobby, and spilled out into the street. Next year, Cariño told me, the Guadalupe probably will stage the event at Market Square, where this year’s crowd of 400 can double in size.

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