By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Here we go again.
The Fifth Annual San Benito News “Best Tamales in Town” contest has been scheduled for noon on Friday, Dec. 13.
The contest remains open to the public as contestants are required to bring just one dozen of what they consider their best tamales to the News office, located on 356 N. Sam Houston Blvd. in San Benito, by 12 p.m. on Dec. 13. Judging will begin shortly thereafter and a winner will be announced once the scores are tallied.
As it has been the case every year, entries will be judged based on taste, texture, originality and presentation.
In the last four years, judges have ranged from local and state officials—including San Benito Mayor Joe H. Hernandez and Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.—as well as members of the business community and loyal readers. The event has attracted up to 100 spectators to the News office, which is the site of the contest.
Attending the event is also an opportunity for the public to taste some of the contestants’ entries and enjoy refreshments provided by the News.
SB Wings has been named the winner of the tamale contest for the last two years; San Benito resident Irma Gonzalez won in the event’s first two years.
This year’s winner will be awarded a $100 gift card to a sponsoring business, not to mention an article published in the following issue (Dec. 15 weekend edition) featuring the individual or business as the winner. In the past, Gonzalez has said that she’s received dozens of orders for tamales following news of her success at previous contests.
Judges in this year’s contest will be announced leading up to the event.
For more information on the contest, call (956) 399-2436.