Monday, August 5, 2013


Mexican corn tamales
 Community Tamalada (Tamale Making Party)

In preparation for SoulFiesta del barrio on Aug 10, we are organizing a community tamalada (tamale making party) next Friday, August 9.

We will be making Mexican and Salvadoran tamales made of corn (elote), and Guatemalan tamales made of rice. We will also be making Puerto Rican pastelitos. The tamales  and pastelitos will be served during the SoulFiesta block party the following day. The main dishes for SoulFiesta include Soul food and tamales.

Doña Olga is directing the tamalada and we can certainly use your tamale and pastelito making skills. For those of us that do not know how to make tamales and pastelitos, this is an excellent opportunity to learn!

Friday, August 9
3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Luther Place Memorial Church
1226 Vermont Ave NW
DC 20005 (Entrance is on N Street) 

Salvadoran tamal made of corn

Tamaladas are a Latin American tradition in which families and entire communities organize social gatherings to make batches of tamales. Making tamales takes a long time because all of the ingredients must be made by hand such as mixing the masa (dough), soaking the husks and leaves,  creating each tamal, and then boiling them. The more people that participate, the faster the tamales will be done.


This tamalada is being organized in collaboration with Luther Place Memorial Church, N Street Village, and the families from Thompson Elementary.

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