Fiesta de Tamales fundraiser scheduled for Saturday
English In Action will host its annual Fiesta de Tamales from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. The event brings together hundreds of community members for an authentic celebration of the diverse cultural traditions that exist side by side in the Roaring Fork Valley.
This fun and affordable fundraiser supports English In Action’s mission to help adults learn English and build cross-cultural bridges that promote a more cohesive community. Admission includes a homemade tamale and pupusa dinner; entertainment by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico and local salsa dancers; a DJ courtesy of Radio Tricolor; piñatas for the kids; plus multiple drawings for scores of prizes — including $1,000 in cash and a deluxe Aspen ski vacation. Tickets are $20/adult and $7/child in advance, or $25/adult and $10/child at the door.
“The Fiesta de Tamales is unlike any other event in the Roaring Fork Valley,” said Lara Beaulieu, executive director of English In Action. “It’s a rare opportunity for immigrants and other residents to come together and break bread in celebration of culture and community. With delicious food and lively entertainment, it’s sure to be a joyful evening for the whole family.”
Grassroots activism and an army of volunteers make this authentic cross-cultural event possible. Basalt-based Cocina de Valle will supply the tamales meal, with pupusas from Panadería San Miguel in El Jebel. A large team of English In Action students and tutors has also been busy making hundreds of tamales from scratch. Fresh tamales will be available at the event for take-home.
The Fiesta de Tamales receives additional support from a host of businesses and individuals, including top sponsor Daly Property Services, and “big enchilada” sponsors Alpine Bank, Alchemy Audio Visual, Aspen Public Radio, Eagle Crest Nursery, Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley, Jaywalker Lodge, Reese Henry & Co., Timberline Bank, and Waas Campbell Rivera Johnson & Velasquez.
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