Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2013

February 21, 2013 by  
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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 Albuquerque’s National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show, returning to the Sandia Resort and Casino from March 1 – 3, 2013.

The 25th National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is produced by Albuquerque’s own chilehead Dave DeWitt, with over 200 exhibitors and plenty of opportunities to sample salsas, savories, and sweets with heat!  Cooking demonstrations this year include guest chef  “Dr. BBQ” Ray Lampe, and cookbook author Jennifer Trainer Thompson is giving two demonstrations on How to Make Hot Sauce at Home. There’s also a tequila demonstration with Jim Garcia of Sadies of New Mexico, the Great Grill-Off contest, and more.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children aged 6 – 18 if you buy tickets at the door.  Tots aged 5 and under go free. However, you can get a discount ticket at $10 for adults if you purchase tickets in advance.  (Kids’ ticket prices are still $5.) To avoid paying Ticketmaster fees on those advance tickets, hop it along to the Sandia Resort & Casino Ticketmaster booth ahead of the show’s opening date to get the $5 discount with no online fee.

Otherwise, purchasing advance tickets online via Ticketmaster adds a $5.05 fee per adult ticket, so you’re actually paying 5 cents more than on the door, and kids’ admission is $3.75 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: order via Ticketmaster here.

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

The 2013 Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show general public admission times are:

  • Friday March 1  from 4 to 8 pm
  • Saturday March 2  from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday March 3  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.

–Tania


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Sandia Green Chile Festival: September 16

September 11, 2012 by  
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The Sandia Green Chile Festival is hot to trot for its debut on September 16. Perhaps it will provide a definitive answer to the eternal “red or green?” question – at least it would if the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and Peralta chile growers O’Hare Serna Farms have anything to do with it!

The first Sandia Green Chile Festival gets hot under the collar at the Balloon Museum on Sunday September 16, 2012, from 11 am to 7 pm.  There’s a great line-up of entertainment, plus cooking demonstrations, chile and farming exhibits, and a KidsZone with jumpers and face painting.  As you’d expect of a festival dedicated to all things green chile, they’ll be roasting green chile for sale and you’ll find chile-themed food as well as beer from Albuquerque microbreweries to wash it all down.

Admission is $7 for adults and free for kids aged 12 and under.

The press release I received doesn’t give a full schedule of events and what’s happening when, so I guess it’s a case of turn up and smell the chiles. But entertainment includes some very popular performers, including Le Chat Lunatique, The Squash Blossom Boys, The Buckarettes, Jeez la Weez, Felix y los Gatos, and Racine Kreyol.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

If you JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH chile – and of course you can’t – check out Saturday’s Old Town Salsa Fiesta too.

–Tania

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Viva New Mexico Chile Festival: September 8-9

September 5, 2012 by  
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A new Chile Fest in Los Lunas with entertainment and family fun!

It’s harvest season so there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy harvest celebrations, starting with this one. The new Viva New Mexico Chile Festival takes place at the Wagner Farm in Los Lunas on Saturday and Sunday September 8 and 9, 2012.

It looks like there’s plenty of family fun and activities, live entertainment, fresh produce for sale (including
pick-your-own), a beer garden, arts and crafts vendors, and (of course) they’ll be roasting chiles. Admission is $7 for adults (aged 12+), $5 for children aged 3 to 11, and it’s free for kids aged 2 and under.

The weekend’s activities are of a decidely pastoral nature, as you’d expect if you’re taking a day out to the farm! Events include:

  • A corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides and hayrides.
  • Chainsaw carving demonstration by Mark Chavez
  • Cow milking demonstration
  • A chile cook-off
  • Meet chile pepper guru and author Dave DeWitt
  • Entertainment by performers including El Gringo, Tobias Rene, Darin Goldston and the Memphis P. Tails, Squash Blossom Boys, the Todd Tijerina Band, and more.

See the full Viva New Mexico Chile Festival schedule of events and entertainment. If you want to take the New Mexico Rail Runner to Los Lunas, they’re running a shuttle service between the station and the event venue: Wagner’s Farmland Experience at 1420 Desert Willow Road.

Los Lunas is about 24 miles south of Downtown Albuquerque, taking exit 203 from I-25 South.  To reach Wagner Farm, go west on Main Street for half a mile to Desert Willow Road, turn right and follow north to the farm.

–Tania

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Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2012

February 24, 2012 by  
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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.

–Tania

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Bueno Foods Freebies and Fun

May 15, 2011 by  
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I’ve mentioned Bueno Foods promotions a few times recently in different posts. Here’s a round-up so it’s all together in one place, which is more than I am at the moment. I’m working on the road and in the air so much, it’s kind of “If it’s Friday, it must be Baltimore/New York/Boston”. Why is it never: “It must be a beach in Hawaii”? What am I doing wrong dear readers?  

Anyway, enough of my travel problems and very enough of the fire alarm in my hotel today at chilly dawn, set off by a waffle maker and resulting in two fire engines, one police car, one ambulance/EMT, and lots of burly firefighters rushing in and out, while we guests stood in our PJ’s in the parking lot, gossiping about our
near-miss death-by-waffle.

I tell you one thing: I miss green chile already. It may set fire to your tongue but that’s as far as it goes. So on to the good news from Bueno Foods…

The Albuquerque family-run Bueno Foods is celebrating its 60th anniversary this month in many wonderful ways. 

I’m jealous that I won’t be home in time for the Green Chile Giveaway on Wednesday May 18.  Bueno Foods will give away tubs of its 60th anniversary commemmorative Hatch Autumn Roast Green Chile on May 18 while supplies last.  According to the email we received, the free chile will be given away:

  • From 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the 4th Street Corridor at 4th & Central
  • From 4 – 6 pm at Bueno Foods, 2001 4th St SW.

Then there’s the Bueno Foods sweepstakes to win six tubs of 60th anniversary commemorative Hatch Autumn Roast. It closes at noon on May 18 – enter the sweepstakes online at the link.

Finally, they’re hosting a recipe swap and a free cookbook giveaway. Submit your recipe to the Bueno Foods Recipe Swap & Free Cookbook by noon on May 27, 2011, and by June 30 they’ll compile the recipes and email a PDF to everyone who sent one. Plus, within a couple of days of receiving your recipe, they’ll snail mail you a copy of their newest Bueno Foods cookbook Harvesting Our Heritage—Healthy Eating & Cooking for Life.

Bueno Foods is also giving back to the community by planting 60 trees and delivering free books to low income schools.

Many happy returns!

Bueno Foods is located at 2001 4th St SW.

–Tania

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Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show 2011

February 18, 2011 by  
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The Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort and Casino Events Center from March 4 – 6, 2011, 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 23rd Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show tickets cost:

  • $15 for adults and $5 for children up to age to 18 if you wait to buy tickets at the door.
  • $10 for adults and still $5 for children if you purchase tickets in advance.

That makes it sounds like the advance purchase is the better deal, but as purchasing online in advance via Ticketmaster adds a $3.25 “convenience charge” per ticket, you actually only save $1.75 on each adult ticket, and the kids’ admission is $3.25 more expensive than waiting till the day of the show. Plus you’ll pay a fee for ticket delivery which varies according to the method you choose, starting at $2.50. If the convenience of buying online in advance works for you, that’s all well and good.

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

Sounds like a no-brainer to me, or just wait and buy your tickets on the door on the day. 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 2011 Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show are:

  • Friday March 4  from 4 to 7 pm
  • Saturday March 5  from 11 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday March 6  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.

–Tania

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Taste of New Mexico: October 8-9

October 7, 2010 by  
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The Taste of New Mexico coincides with the last weekend of Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, and could be a way to entertain your out-of-town guests when they’re not balloon spotting!

The Taste of New Mexico festival kicks off on Friday and Saturday October 8 – 9, 2010 at the Downtown Civic Plaza. Admission is free to see live local entertainment and the taste part is provided by 20 to 50 vendors of New Mexican food, chile, desserts, beer and wine. You purchase tickets for food tastes at the festival in booklets of 10 for $12, or 25 tickets for $20.

PLUS they’re announcing the winner of Rock This Restaurant on Friday at 5 pm! There’s also a Kids’ Area with face painting and balloon twisting, and a Creative ABQ Arts section on Saturday.

Some of the restaurants taking part are: Nicky V’s, Cecilias’ Café, Blue Cactus Grill, Tea Company, Lumpy’s Burgers, Annapurna’s, Gourmet to Go, Oz Patisserie, and Yanni’s. Wines and brews are from Gruet Winery, Casa Rodena Winery, Southwest Wines, Rio Grande Winery, Wines of San Juan, Don Quixote Winery, St. Clair Winery & Bistro, Santa Fe Brewing Company, ABQ Brew Pub, Kelly’s Brew Pub, and Marble Brewery… and more.

Friday entertainment includes:

  • The Noms
  • Levi & the Plateros
  • Aaron Lewis

Saturday you can watch, listen, and dance along to:

  • Philly B
  • BK Taiko
  • Hawaiian Pride Hula Halau
  • Bo Brown
  • Interplay
  • AJ Martinez & Sangre Joven
  • The award winning Irish dancer James Reese
  • Yoko Tadda of Kishu Ryu Shigin.

The Taste of New Mexico festival begins at 10 am and ends at 6 pm, at Downtown’s Harry E Kinney Civic Plaza.

–Joshua and Tania

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Hatch Chile: 30 Pound Bag for $9.99 Plus FREE Roasting

August 9, 2009 by  
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New Mexico Chile Roasters (in California). Photo credit: Miheco

Many thanks to eagle-eyed reader Kenny for sending us this tip!

Act fast to take advantage of this terrific offer! As part of their slew of grand opening specials, the new Sunflower Farmers Market at San Mateo and Academy is offering a 30-pound bag of Hatch green chile for just $9.99, which includes free roasting if you purchase before 3:15pm! Incredible!

This offer only lasts through Wednesday, August 12 (2009), so all you chile-holics need to hurry.

Like we said, this offer is good ONLY at the Sunflower Farmers Market located in the shopping center at San Mateo Blvd NE and Academy Rd. (It’s in the space previously occuped by Wild Oats.)

–Elizabeth Hanes

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