Lavender in the Village Festival 2013

July 9, 2013 by  
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The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Lavender in the Village festival includes live entertainment, cooking demos, how to grow lavender, lavender crafts and activities, and plenty for the kids to do.  They’ve got new additions to this sweet summer festival for 2013, including beekeepers and meet a mule or donkey!

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos on Saturday and Sunday July 13 and 14, 2013, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender demonstrations
  • Live music including Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, The Sandivas, and Railyard Reunion Band.
  • Kids’ activities in the Children’s Tent including music with Susie Tallman & Friends, face painting, storytelling, and the Wings of Enchantment Butterfly Farm.
  • A Pet Parade on July 13 at 10 am with awards (it’s free to register your own pet to the parade, from 9 am)
  • Wine tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Los Ranchos Beekeepers will be talking about honey bees and how to get started keeping your own bees, with demonstration hives on site.
  • Meet donkeys or mules, courtesy of the Rio Grande Mule & Donkey Association
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on July 14 at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

Check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule as there’s far too much going on to mention it all here.

Admission is a little higher than last year at $5 for adults. But it’s still only $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10.

The Agri-Nature Center (4920 Rio Grande Boulevard) is the hub of the event, although they only have handicapped parking available there, and no other public parking. Festival park and ride shuttles will be available.

Lavender in the Village admission includes activities at all locations except a few special events, such as participation in the fun run.

Lavender in the Village Festival takes place:

  • When: July 13 and July 14, 2013
  • Time: 8 am to 4 pm both days
  • Where: Various Los Ranchos locations, with The Agri-Nature Center as the focus for many events and entertainment, but also including the Growers’ Market, Casa Rondeña Winery.
  • Price: $5 adults, $2 for kids, free for kids under 10 – cash only

The Lavender in the Village map of festival locations also shows park and ride shuttle routes – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk!

–Tania


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Lavender in the Village Festival 2012

July 10, 2012 by  
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The Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Lavender in the Village festival includes live entertainment, cooking demos, how to grow lavender, lavender crafts and activities, and plenty for the kids to do. This sweet summer festival skipped a year in 2011, so it’s great to see it back again this year!

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos on Saturday and Sunday July 14 and 15, 2012, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender demonstrations
  • Live music including Muddy River String Band, Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, and The Todd Tijerina Band
  • Kids’ activities including face painting, water play, storytelling, and a baby animals petting area
  • A Pet Parade on July 14 at 9:45 am with awards (it’s free to register your own pet to the parade, from 9 am)
  • Wine tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Author events
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on July 15 at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

Check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule as there’s far too much going on to mention it all here.

Admission is a sweet deal too – $3 for adults, $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10.

However, it is free to visit the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market which happens on Saturday July 14 from 7 am to 1 pm, with expert presentations on growing and cooking with lavender and garlic, and making lavender wands. (Village Hall, 6718 Rio Grande Boulevard NW.)

The Agri-Nature Center is the hub of the event, with the entertainment stage, demonstrations, author talks, and kids’ area and activities. Shuttles will be available between the Agri-Nature Center and the other major venues.

Lavender in the Village admission includes activities at all locations except a few special events, such as participation in the fun run.

Lavender in the Village Festival takes place:

  • When: July 14 and July 15, 2012
  • Time: 8 am to 4 pm both days
  • Where: Various Los Ranchos locations, with The Agri-Nature Center as the focus for many events and entertainment, but also including the Growers’ Market, Casa Rondeña Winery, and some Antique Mile / 4th Street merchants.
  • Price: $3 adults, $2 for kids, free for kids under 10 – cash only

The Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque map of festival locations also shows parking and the shuttle route between venues – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk or drive!

–Tania

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Santa Fe Harvest Festival

November 2, 2011 by  
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The Santa Fe Harvest Festival restaurant promotion feasts it up until November 23, 2011. If you’re spending time in Santa Fe the festival pass gives free admission to cooking classes and events, and discounts at restaurants.

The first  Santa Fe Harvest Festival event is free to watch and sounds kinda fun. In the Restaurant Relay on November 5 at 11 am, restaurant wait staff race around Santa Fe Plaza spilling things. (I’ve had a few servers like that.) I mean, they run round carrying trays piled with drinks in a contest to win prizes.

For everything else on the menu, you need a Santa Fe Harvest Festival pass at $35. For that you get free admission to most of the festival events and cooking classes.  For example, the Bar Wars! cocktail contest, and classes by chefs at their restaurants, including:

  • The ABCs of Sake
  • How to Make Tiramisu (oh yum!)
  • The Secrets of New Mexican Mole (on even yummer!)
  • Holiday Gifts from Your Pantry
  • Cornbread Dressing for Your Turkey

Some classes are designed for kids and families, and all need reservations in advance. The pass only covers the person who bought it, so you need one for each person attending. Here’s the schedule of Santa Fe Harvest Festival classes, and other Santa Fe Harvest Festival events. Another perk is 25% off Santa Fe School of Cooking events during the festival.

Pass holders also get Santa Fe restaurant discounts until November 23 for about forty restaurants participating in the program. That includes:

  • 25% off entrees at Rio Chama restaurant, The Pink Adobe, La Casa Sena, and the Red Sage Restaurant at the Buffalo Thunder Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa.
  • 20% off food at Blue Corn Cafe, Galisteo Bistro, Ristra, and Plaza Cafe Southside.
  • 15% off food at Zia Diner, Terra at Encantado Resort, and The Old House at Eldorado Hotel & Spa, and 15% off food and drinks at Cowgirl BBQ.

So if your only reason to splash out on the pass is for the restaurant savings, I’d weigh up how much you’ll actually use it by November 23, especially as the discounts (and free class admissions) are for one person per pass, so you’d need a pass for each person. It seems a bit daft to me as a system, as most people eat out in pairs or groups, and I can imagine the fun when you try to tally the check.

But there are a few exceptions, where restaurants allow two people to get the discount on one pass. Hooray for the restaurants at the St. Francis Hotel,  Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, and The Lodge at Santa Fe. These are all Heritage Hotel properties, and good on them for sensibly extending a 20% discount to two people.  See the full list of Santa Fe restaurant discounts.

If you’re spending time in Santa Fe and will eat out a lot, the pass could well be worth the $35, especially as some of these are higher dollar restaurants. Otherwise, not so much.

Best way to save is to attend some of the classes or events AND eat at the restaurants… and if you want to stay overnight in the City Different, the pass gives some discounts on Santa Fe hotels .

The Santa Fe Harvest Festival $35 pass is available online, and a premium pass is also offered at $160. That gives admission to a Grand Gourmet Food and Wine Expo, and the Best of the Fest Gala Dinner, as well as all the perks of the regular pass.

–Tania

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ABQ International Festival & Free Thai Cooking Classes

September 29, 2011 by  
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The free Albuquerque International Festival takes place on October 1, 2011, and Talin Market is the place to head for…

Boy, do I love Talin Market, and I bet it loves me even more as I pop in for ONE thing and I come out many dollars lighter, carrying baskets of goodness knows what.  Buying a can of some hitherto unheard of Korean fruit seems a good idea at the time… then I have to figure out what to do with it. But Mr Cheap loves me madly when I shop there as I pick up halva, his fave sweet treat. (It’s in the Cairo aisle.)

The Albuquerque International Festival is free for all, on Saturday October 1, from 10 am – 5 pm.  It’s held at Talin Market and includes crafts, a kids’ zone, and of course plenty of exotic world foods, plus entertainment. I haven’t seen an official schedule of entertainment, but word is that country artist Kathryn Soapes will be a performer.

UPDATE: Forget the Thai cooking classes. The information on the Talin Market website is out of date and this event is no longer available.

Talin Market will also host free Thai cooking classes in December 2011. Spaces are limited to 30 people per class, which is why I’m telling you now, so you can make your reservation pronto. Apparently these classes are a partnership between Talin Market and the Royal Thai Government – oooh! Posh!

Chef Chai Siriyarn gives the classes, which run on December 1 and 2 from 6 – 8 pm, for preparing Thai cuisine at home. Additional classes on December 3 and 4 are intended for chefs and food industry pros.

Make a reservation for the free cooking classes in advance. Like, now.
* Note:  The registration instructions say that to to avoid automatic shipping charges in the booking system, choose the “No shipping/In-store pickup” option!

Talin Market World Food Fare is located at 88 Louisiana Boulevard SE, on the corner of Central and Louisiana.

–Tania

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Annapurna’s Cooking Classes

June 15, 2011 by  
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Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe offers cooking classes to stretch your culinary wings – with a discount for couples.

Annapurna’s is one of my fave places to eat when I need warming up – spiritually as well as physically. With its delicious spicy aromas, it never fails to cheer. If you want to learn a few tips from the culinary masters, Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking offers Saturday cooking classes – you don’t get to hands-on cook yourself, but you watch the demonstration, receive recipes to take home, and then enjoy the prepared meal at the end of it all. 

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old form of medicine from India, and Annapurna’s cooking classes aim to share the philosophy and cooking methods used at the restaurant to produce the “healing cuisine” based on Ayurvedic principles. As well as what to eat, they talk about how much to eat, and when. Yep, all that, and the food is just straight-up fab, and always leaves me feeling better afterwards.

Annapurna classes cost $45 per person, but couples get a discount at $75 for two. A couple means a married duo, boyfriend and girlfriend, or same sex couples, but it’s for lovebirds only – it doesn’t mean a pair of friends. (Sorry!)

Classes take place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon, at 2209 Silver Avenue SE (Yale and Silver), next to Annapurna’s restaurant. Reserve a cooking class space online, and see more details of the 2011 Annapurna’s Ayurvedic Cooking School schedule.

Classes through August 2011 are:

  • June 18:  Spices
  • June 25:  Ayurveda and cooking
  • July 2:  Vegan gluten-free baking
  • July 9:  Chai & cardamom cookies (Yum!)
  • July 16:  Rice, Thai veggies and coconut chutney
  • July 23:  Salads and how to combine them with Ayurvedic foods
  • July 30:  Kitchari
  • August 6:  Breakfast quinoa and muffins
  • August 13:   Broccoli Almond Soup with chapati / puri
  • August 20: Foods to transition from summer to fall

Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking is located at 2209 Silver Avenue SE.

–Tania

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Free Campsite Cooking Class: June 23

May 25, 2011 by  
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Love camping? There’s nothing sweeter than gathering around the ole camp fire for a hearty sing-song… unless you’re hungry ‘cos someone’s burned the beans and the burgers are charred on the outside, raw on the inside. Boy, do I know that feeling.

Help is at hand to kick your camping fare up a notch with a free campsite cooking class at Albuquerque REI on Thursday June 23, 2011. The two hour class promises tips on what supplies to take and how to get the best out of outdoor cooking.

We’re telling you about it well in advance, because spaces are limited. At time of writing, all 45 spaces are available, but these classes tend to fill quickly…

  • When: Thursday, June 23, 2011
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: REI Albuquerque, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE.
  • Price:  Free!

Although it’s free to learn how to whip up tasty meals in the great outdoors, spaces are limited on the
Camp Cooking Basics class  so you need to make an online reservation in advance to book your place.

Then start singing.

–Tania

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Annapurna’s Cooking Classes

March 3, 2011 by  
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Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe offers cooking classes to stretch your culinary wings – with a discount for couples.

Annapurna’s is one of my fave places to eat when I need warming up – spiritually as well as physically. With its delicious spicy aromas, it never fails to cheer. If you want to learn a few tips from the culinary masters, Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking offers Saturday cooking classes – you don’t get to hands-on cook yourself, but you watch the demonstration, receive recipes to take home, and then enjoy the prepared meal at the end of it all. 

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old form of medicine from India, and Annapurna’s cooking classes aim to share the philosophy and cooking methods used at the restaurant to produce the “healing cuisine” based on Ayurvedic principles. As well as what to eat, they talk about how much to eat, and when. Yep, all that, and the food is just straight-up fab, and always leaves me feeling better afterwards.

Annapurna classes cost $45 per person, but couples get a discount at $75 for two. A couple means a married duo, boyfriend and girlfriend, or same sex couples, but it’s for lovebirds only – it doesn’t mean a pair of friends. (Sorry!)

Classes take place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon, at 2209 Silver Avenue SE (Yale and Silver), next to Annapurna’s restaurant. Reserve a cooking class space online, and see more details of the 2011 Annapurna’s Ayurvedic Cooking School schedule.

Classes through May 2011 are:

  • March 12: Kitchari
  • March 19: Soup and Chapati
  • March 26: Salad Dressings & Sauces
  • April 2: Rice and Vegetables
  • April 9: Kitchari
  • April 16: Gluten Free Cookies and Sweets
  • April 23: Breakfast – Quinoa and Muffins
  • April 30: Ayurveda–More Than Cooking
  • May 7: Soup and Chapati
  • May 14: Breakfast – Juice and Cleanse
  • May 21: Kitchari
  • May 28: Vegan, Gluten-Free Baking

Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking is located at 2209 Silver Avenue SE.

–Tania

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Annapurna’s Cooking Classes

November 9, 2010 by  
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Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe offers cooking classes to stretch your culinary wings – with discounts for couples or groups.

Annapurna’s is one of my fave places to eat when I need a little warming up – spiritually as well as physically. With its delicious spicy aromas, it never fails to cheer. If you want to learn a few tips from the culinary masters, Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking offers Saturday cooking classes – you don’t get to hands-on cook yourself, but you watch the demonstration, receive recipes to take home, and then enjoy the prepared meal at the end of it all. 

Ayurveda is a 5,000 year old form of medicine from India, and Annapurna’s cooking classes aim to share the philosophy and cooking methods used at the restaurant to produce the “healing cuisine” based on Ayurvedic principles. As well as what to eat, they talk about how much to eat, and when. Yep, all that, and the food is just straight-up fab, and always leaves me feeling better afterwards.

Classes cost $45 per person, but couples get a discount at $75 for two. A couple means a married duo, boyfriend and girlfriend, or same sex couples, but it’s for lovebirds only – it doesn’t mean a pair of friends. (Sorry!) If you pull together a group of 10 foodie friends or more though, the fee is discounted to $40 per person.

Classes take place on Saturdays from 9 am to noon, at 2209 Silver Avenue SE (Yale and Silver), next to Annapurna’s restaurant. Reserve a cooking class space online, and see more details in the cooking school brochure on Annapurna’s Ayurvedic Cooking School schedule page.

Classes for the remainder of 2010 are:

  • November 13: Thanksgiving Holiday Meals
  • November 20: Thanksgiving Baking
  • December 4: Spices
  • December 11: Holiday Baking
  • December 18: Christmas Holiday Meals

Could be a good idea for an office outing, or if you’ve got vegetarian friends visiting for the holidays and want some tips on what to rustle up!

Annapurna’s School of Ayurvedic Cooking is located at 2209 Silver Avenue SE.

–Tania

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Free Campsite Cooking Class: August 4

July 22, 2010 by  
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Love camping? There’s nothing sweeter than gathering around the ole camp fire for a hearty sing-song… unless you’re hungry ‘cos someone’s burned the beans and the burgers are charred on the outside, raw on the inside. Boy, do I know that feeling.

Help is at hand to kick your camping fare up a notch with a free campsite cooking class at Albuquerque REI on August 4, 2010. The two hour class promises tips on what to bring and how to get the best out of outdoor cooking.

  • When: Wednesday August 4, 2010
  • Time: 6 – 8 pm
  • Where: REI Albuquerque, 1550 Mercantile Ave NE.

Although it’s free to learn how to whip up tasty meals in the great outdoors, spaces are limited to 25 people on the Camp Cooking Basics class  so you need to make an online reservation in advance to book your place.

Then start singing.

–Tania

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Lavender in the Village Festival 2010

June 23, 2010 by  
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Live entertainment, cooking classes, lavender crafts and activities, wine tour and tastings, and plenty for the kids to do at this sweet summer festival on Saturday and Sunday June 26 and 27, 2010.

It’ll be a fragrant weekend at the 7th annual Lavender in the Village Festival in Los Ranchos, with family fun including:

  • Lavender crafts and activities
  • Cooking with lavender classes
  • Live music including Kim & The Caballeros, Los Amigos, Muddy River String Band
  • Kids’ activities including face painting and a petting zoo
  • A Pet Parade on Sunday 27 at 10 am ($5 if you want to enter your pet)
  • Wine tasting and tours of Casa Rondeña Winery
  • Author events
  • Eco-education workshops
  • Family Fun Run/Walk on Saturday at 8 am (fee required to participate)
  • And of course, lots of lavender goodies to buy!

There’s far too much going on to mention it all here, so check out the Lavender in the Village Festival schedule.

The admission fees are a sweet deal too – $3 for adults, $2 for kids, and admission is free for children under age 10. (Cash only for admission.)

Admission includes activities at all locations (except participation in the fun run and pet parade, and tickets for the Friday night Barn Dance and Dinner.) It’s always free of course to visit the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market.

The map of the festival locations in the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque also shows where you can pick up the shuttle to take you between the events – in case all that soothing lavender makes you too relaxed to walk or drive!

–Tania

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