By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
South Padre Parade
The Fourth Annual San Benito News “Best Tamales in Town” contest is scheduled for 12 noon Friday, Dec. 21.
In its three previous years, the event has attracted upwards of 100 people to the News office, the site of the contest, and dozens of contestants, not to mention interest from the community.
Last year, SB Wings became the first participant to dethrone two-time contest winner Irma Gonzalez. SB Wings Owner Adolfo Toriz has already expressed interest in defending his tamale crown this year.
After all, winning the contest means a year’s worth of bragging rights over a field of participants that includes citizens and local eateries.
The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to a sponsoring business, not to mention an article published in the following issue (Dec. 23 weekend edition) featuring the individual or business as the winner.
The judges this year include San Benito Fire Department Operations Chief Raul Zuniga, San Benito CISD Board of Trustees Vice President Anna Cruz, State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., MJ Screen Printing owner Mario Maya, and Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum President Rey Avila.
The tamale contest is open to the public and participation is free. Contestants are only required to bring one dozen of their best tamales to the News office, located on 356 N. Sam Houston Blvd. in San Benito, by 12 noon Friday, Dec. 21.
Judging will begin shortly thereafter and a winner will be announced once judges tally up their score sheets.
Entries will be judged based on taste, texture, originality and presentation.
For more information on the contest, call (956) 399-2436.