English In Action, the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere organization building cross-cultural bridges, hosts its annual Fiesta de Tamales Saturday, October 14, from 5 – 8 pm at Eagle Crest Nursery in El Jebel. This joyful family-friendly event draws together hundreds of community members from different backgrounds. An authentic celebration of the diverse cultural traditions that coexist in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Fiesta presents a harmonious way for residents and neighbors who may not ordinarily comingle to socialize in an informal setting.

Now in its 7th year, the Fiesta also serves as a fun and affordable fundraiser, with all proceeds going directly to support English In Action’s mission to help adults learn English and foster a more cohesive community. Admission to the Fiesta includes a homemade tamale and pupusa dinner; entertainment by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklórico and salsa dancers; a DJ courtesy of Radio Tricolor; piñatas for the kids; art activities from The Art Base, plus prize drawings for $1000 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.

New this year is a contest to crown the Valley’s Best Tamale. English In Action students and tutors will prepare tamales from secret family and regional recipes from Mexico and Latin America. Guests will have the opportunity to sample and vote for their favorites.

“The Fiesta de Tamales is unlike any other event in the Roaring Fork Valley,” says Lara Beaulieu, executive director of English In Action. “It provides a much needed opportunity for immigrants and other locals to honor not only our diverse cultural traditions but, perhaps even more important, our common humanity. It’s a truly delightful event for the whole family.”

Grassroots activism and an army of volunteers make this authentic cross-cultural community event possible. Former English In Action student Alma Guzman, who now does private catering, will provide the tamale meal, with pupusas courtesy of Panadería San Miguel in El Jebel.

The Fiesta de Tamales is additionally supported by a host of local businesses and individuals, including Top Sponsor Alpine Bank, and Big Enchilada sponsors Alchemy Audio Visual, Aspen Public Radio, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, Aspen Times, Bethel Party Rentals, Crawford Properties, Daly Property Services, Eagle Crest Nursery, Frias Properties, Holy Cross Energy, Jaywalker Lodge, Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel, Reese Henry and Company, Timberline Bank, Town of Basalt, Umbrella Incorporated, Whitman Fine Properties.

About English In Action

English in Action is an El Jebel-based nonprofit whose mission is building community and intercultural relationships through language development. This is occurs through one-on-one and small group tutoring programs where volunteers meet with students of all nationalities to help them learn English in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families.

English In Action currently serves 330 adults annually with the help of 230 volunteer tutors—a 40% increase over the last two years. There continues to be growing demand for the organization’s programs. At present, English In Action has a waiting list of more than 100 adults eager to learn or improve their English. The organization is actively seeking new volunteer tutors to help meet this need.

Tickets and information

For tickets to the Fiesta de Tamales or for the Prize Drawing (attendance not required to win) or to get more information about English In Action, go to or call (970) 963-9200.

For photos or additional information contact: Lara Beaulieu, Executive Director, or (970) 963-9200.

Event Details

What:     Fiesta de Tamales

Where:   Eagle Crest Nursery, El Jebel (400 Gillespie Drive)

When: Saturday, October 14, 5 – 8 pm,
Cost:    $20/adult, $7/child in advance (by 10/13); $25/adult, $10/child at the door

For more information contact:
Lara Beaulieu, Executive Director
English in Action