I know it’s Thanksgiving Day and you are all probably up to your eyeballs in turkey and dressing…BUT…give some thought to Mexican food too because today is the beginning of the 13th Annual HICA Tamale Sale!!!!!
If you live in the Birmingham area and love tamales, you don’t want to miss out on this fundraiser benefiting the programs of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama – HICA. The sale runs through December 11th and orders are taken online with pick up date on December 16th at the HICA offices. If you work with a Tamale Captain, you may be able to get them delivered to you. All this information is on the HICA website so be sure to check it out today and place your order. Flavors include chicken with green sauce, pork with red sauce and MY favorite, cheese and pepper tamales.
Tamales have become a tradition for many non-Hispanic people in Birmingham over the years of our sale. It’s definitely a tradition with Mexican families, mine included! Friends and family get together to have a tamalada (where you make the tamales) and then after they are all made – dozens and dozens – you eat them together! Tamales are fairly labor intensive to make so they aren’t necessarily made on a regular basis. Christmas is one of those special times when they are made and we’ve shared this information with the people who return every year to buy tamales from HICA. They come back and share their stories of eating Christmas tamales with their own families along with salsa and other fixings! It’s so fun to hear the stories every year during pick up day. We may try to record a few this year!
This year, HICA’s Executive Director, Isabel Rubio and I made an English video that will run beginning Thanksgiving day. HICA Staff members, Monica Black and Cindy Garcia were on hand to make a Spanish video to run as well. We gathered in Isabel’s kitchen to made the videos a few weeks ago with Latino News. And the best part? We got to eat the tamales afterward! YUM!!!
Being a part of the HICA Tamale Sale is one of my favorite things to do each year as a board member! If you’ve never tried our tamales before, I encourage you to give them a try this year. They are simply the best and hopefully this will be the beginning of a new holiday tradition for you and your family!