Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2012

February 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Events, Food

Albuquerque’s National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort and Casino from March 2 – 4, 2012, with over 200 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to sample salsas, savories, and sweets with heat!

We know how much you love your fiery foods, but don’t be a hot head, check out the best way to buy your tickets to the big event, produced by Albuquerque’s own chilehead Dave DeWitt.

The 24th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children up to age to 18 if you buy tickets at the door.

Or do you need to buy a ticket at all? Bookworks hosts a book signing with Dave DeWitt on Sunday February 26, 2012, at 3 pm, and if you buy a copy of his new book at that event, you get a free pass for the Fiery Foods Show. The book is Dave DeWitt’s Chile Trivia: Weird, Wacky Factoids for Curious Chileheads by DeWitt and Lois Manno, and although we don’t have info from Bookworks on book pricing, the publisher gives a price of $15.95. So you essentially get the book PLUS show admission for a similar price to one or other on their own.

You can also get a discount ticket at $10 for adults and still $5 for children if you purchase tickets in advance. However, purchasing online in advance via Ticketmaster adds a $3.50 fee per ticket, so you actually only save $1.50 on each adult ticket, and the kids’ admission is $3.50 more expensive than waiting till the day of the show. Plus you’ll pay a fee for ticket delivery, or it’s free for Will Call tickets. If the convenience of buying online in advance works for you, that’s all well and good.

But the ***magic*** solution to get the the best of both worlds? The event publicist confirms that you can also trundle along to the Sandia Resort & Casino Ticketmaster booth ahead of the show to buy discount advance tickets with no online fee.

Update: Advance ticket purchase means *before* Friday March 2 (opening date) according to the comment from Eric below. Thanks Eric!

Admission for the fiery foods extravaganza is hot-and-heavy-breathing good value, even if you don’t snag the advance discount!

General public admission times for the 2012 Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show are:

  • Friday March 2  from 4 to 8 pm
  • Saturday March 3  from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday March 4  from 11 am to 6 pm

It’s free to park at Sandia Resort and Casino, located at 30 Rainbow Road NE, just east of I-25 at the Tramway Exit 234. The resort is huge and kinda hard to miss, but if you’re an Albuquerque visitor, here’s a map to Sandia Resort & Casino.




2 Responses to “Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2012”
  1. Lou Ann says:

    What the heck is this $15. per person charge – when the economy is in such despair!! The Show would get much better crowds if they drastically reduced the admission price while perhaps offering the purchase of a book of “tasting” coupons – for those who want to partake of the vendors’ products! Shame on the Show’s management for being so Greedy! This may come back to “bite” them! (pun intended.)

  2. Eric says:

    > But the ***magic*** solution to get the the best of both worlds? The event publicist confirms that you can also trundle along to the Sandia Resort & Casino Ticketmaster booth ahead of the show to buy discount advance tickets with no online fee.

    I called Sandia’s ticket booth and they said that tickets will be $15 if picked up any time on Friday, even if well in advance of 4 PM. I suppose they may be $10 on Thursday.