Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2014

August 10, 2014 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been delicious already this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving more abundantly in the August harvest, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central.  I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. We aren’t growing tomatoes this year as we have been moving home so we haven’t been able to keep up with a garden. But in any case we don’t have green thumbs for tomatoes. We only yielded a handful of cherry tomatoes last year. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2014 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 17 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Waffle Gardens with Sean Ludden)and at 1:45 pm Master Composters.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery, Osuna Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 17, 2014
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania


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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2013

August 20, 2013 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseThe tomatoes have been late this season, in my avid tomato-fiend opinion. But now they’re arriving, we’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central. I read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our current attempt at cherry tomatoes has yielded exactly two so far in 2013. Last year we did better, with a grand total of four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripen one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They taste delicious but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato is like giving a peanut to Daizy the elephant.

Still, if you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2013 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 25 from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids aged under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101 with the Tomato Guys) and 12:30 pm (Preserving the Harvest with Cindy Davies.) At 1:30 pm Peter Sinanian will be sharing advice on Raised Beds and Fall Gardens.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by Jericho Nursery and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 25, 2013
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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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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Old Town Salsa Fiesta 2012

September 10, 2012 by  
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There’ll be a hot time in the Old Town tonight… or rather this Saturday September 15, 2012, when the eighth annual Salsa Fiesta returns with salsa of both the dipping and the dancing varieties. It’s a free event – so here’s the saucy scoop…

Celebrating all things salsa, Albuquerque’s annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta kicks off at 1 pm on September 15, with salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, and of course (drum roll) the Best Homemade Salsa contest.

Competitors make their salsa on the spot in front of everyone (from 1 – 4 pm), and we, the people, get to taste and cast our votes for the winners (from 4 – 6:30 pm). This is the only part you have to pay for – it’s $5 to buy a wrist band that allows you to taste all the salsas in the contest and then vote for your fave.

The Old Town Salsa Fiesta headline act this year is the 11-piece salsa band La Excelencia, and here’s the full schedule of live entertainment at the Old Town Plaza Gazebo at time of writing:

1 pm – Mala Maña
2:15 pm – Havana Son Cuban Salsa
3:30 pm – Charanga Del Valle
4:45 pm – En-Joy
6:15 pm – A dance demonstration
6:45 pm – Homemade Salsa Competition winners announced. (Wow, that doesn’t give them much time to tally up the winners when voting only ends at 6:30. Good luck, counters!)
7:30 pm – La Excelencia

Albuquerque Salsa Fiesta is a free family-friendly event and it’s extremely popular, so be prepared for bustle and probably some waiting in line.  Public transport is recommended so you don’t get in a sweat driving there and finding parking. Save it for once you start tasting the salsas and grooooving to the music!  

–Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2012

August 14, 2012 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseWe’re devouring fresh tomatoes like crazy here at Cheap Central, and I recently read that if you eat avocados at the same time, you absorb up to seven times as much of the antioxidant lycopene from the tomatoes. New Mexico already knew this. This is why we all eat salsa and guacamole, isn’t it?

Health benefits aside, at the peak of summer nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato and I only wish I could grow them myself. Our last attempt resulted in a yield of exactly four cherry tomatoes over the entire summer. They ripened one cherry tomato at a time, which we solemnly cut in half to share. They tasted delicious, but watching Mr Cheap eat half a cherry tomato was like giving a peanut to an elephant.

If you’re as fond of tomatoes as we are, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2012 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 19, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Free gardening seminars  at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101) and 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes). At 1:30 pm it’s either Organic Gardening or Rainwater Harvesting, depending on which of their schedules you believe.
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Free plant clinic by the Master Gardeners
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

The Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta is sponsored by High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, KHFM, Fano Bread, and Montano Acura.

  • When: Sunday August 19, 2012
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Boulevard NE, at Eubank.

— 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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Megadeth Motorhead Gigantour Tickets Half Off

February 9, 2012 by  
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Get discount tickets today for Gigantour  in Albuquerque featuring Megadeth and Motörhead on February 26, 2012. There’s only a limited quantity of deal tickets available, so don’t thrash around if you’re interested.

Gigantour comes to Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque on Sunday February 26, 2012, with heavy metal bands Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil.

If you act fast, you can get up to 50% off tickets for Gigantour, at $27 for general admission seating in the stands, worth up to $54 including ticketing fees.

Each person can buy up to 4 tickets in today’s deal via GrouponLive, then redeem the certificates on the show date at the box office. On purchase, you need to give a name for whoever will redeem the tickets at the show, and that person must show valid ID at the box office. (So nobody else can steal your seats – LOL!) So if you’re buying 4 tickets to give as a gift to your metal-head cousins but you’re not going yourself, make sure you put a cousin’s name when you fill in the box for who will redeem the tickets at the box office. It’s all very clear on the purchase form.

This is a limited time Gigantour concert tickets deal, with a limited quantity available, and the concert is at 6:30 pm on Sunday February 26, 2012, at Tingley Coliseum.

–Tania. FYI – I’ve given my Groupon affiliate links. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!

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Old Town Salsa Fiesta 2011

September 19, 2011 by  
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There’ll be a hot time in the Old Town tonight… or rather this Saturday September 24, 2011, when the seventh annual Salsa Fiesta returns with salsa of both the dipping and the dancing varieties. It’s a free event – I’ve just spoken with the organizer and have the latest saucy scoop…

Celebrating all things salsa, Albuquerque’s annual Old Town Salsa Fiesta kicks off at 1 pm on Saturday September 24, with salsa bands and dancers on the gazebo and throughout Old Town, kids’ activities and crafts, and of course (drum roll) the Best Homemade Salsa contest.

Competitors make their salsa on the spot in front of everyone, and we, the people, get to taste and cast our votes for the winners. This is the ONLY event with any charge – it’s $4 to buy a wrist band that allows you to taste all the salsas in the contest and then vote for your fave. According to the organizer, the focus is solely on homemade salsas this year, and there are 41 entries. Yes, 41. That’s a lot of hot.

The Old Town Salsa Fiesta features eleven Latin bands, and the City has outdone itself on the line up of music this year. The headliner Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra finishes up the day, although note that they’re performing in Tiguex Park (not in Old Town Plaza) so there’s plenty of room for everyone to gr-o-o-o-ve. 

Although the City of Albuquerque link I gave you currently shows the event starting at 2 pm, we’ve confirmed that Salsa Fiesta festivities definitely start at 1 pm. 

Here’s the schedule of live entertainment at the Gazebo and Plaza:

  • 1 pm: Encuentro
  • 2 pm: Picoso
  • 3 pm: Racine Kreyol
  • 4 pm:  Habana Son
  • 5 pm:  En-Joy
  • 6:15 pm:  Quemoso
  • 7:30 pm:  Homemade Salsa Competition winners announced!

Other highlights of the day:

  • 1 pm onwards: Salsa Bands and dancers provide free entertainment throughout Old Town at several locations on San Felipe Street and Romero Street
  • 2 – 6 pm: Kids’ arts and crafts activities, magic, and face painting in Plaza Don Luis on Romero Street
  • 8 – 9:30 pm: Spanish Harlem Orchestra performs at Tiguex Park

The annual Albuquerque Salsa Fiesta is a free family-friendly event and it’s extremely popular, so be prepared for bustle and probably some waiting in line.  If you go, send us a photo and we’ll feature it here!

Salsa Fiesta takes place in Albuquerque Old Town.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2011

August 17, 2011 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons licenseFruit or vegetable? Let’s not argue about it. At the peak of summer, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you’re as crazy about tomatoes as we are here at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this very juicy annual event. It’s cheap too!

The 2011 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 21, from 11 am – 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center.

Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers lots of activities for a $5 admission fee, and kids under 12 are FREE! (Or rather their admission is, I don’t suppose they’re growing kids beside the tomato plants to give away.)

Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta includes:

  • Heirloom tomato tasting
  • Plant clinic
  • Free gardening seminars at 11:30 am (Tomatoes 101); 12:30 pm (Preserving Tomatoes); 1:30 pm (Organic Gardening)
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Kids’ activities
  • Music by the Alpha Blue Trio
  • Fresh produce for sale

This event is sponsored by Montano Acura, High Country Gardens, Big I 107.9, and Jericho Nursery.

  • When: Sunday August 21, 2011
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids aged under 12

Albuquerque Garden Center is located at 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, at Eubank.

— Tania

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New Mexico Django Festival

October 19, 2010 by  
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The 4th New Mexico Django Festival in Albuquerque celebrates the 100th anniversary of Django Reinhardt’s birth from October 21 – 24, 2010.

My beloved grandfather was a huge Django Reinhardt fan and I was virtually brought up listening to the gypsy jazz king’s music, so I’m excited to see this festival!

Entertainment during the New Mexico Django Reinhardt Festival includes Le Chat Lunatique, Hot Club of Santa Fe, Hot Club of Phoenix, Shoestring Trio, Gonzalo Bergara Trio and much more.

The Festival takes place at various Albuquerque locations, see the full Django Festival schedule here. Tickets for events cost from $10 – $20 ($30 for a workshop with Gonzalo Bergara) and for the paid ticket events, you can also get a $40 Festival Pass.  But there are free music events too!

Free Django Festival events are:

  • Thursday October 21 at 7 pm:  Opening Night Soiree at Scalo’s Bar with entertainment by Django Rhythm Meat Grinder and Le Chat Lunatique. (For age 21+, under 21s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.)
  • Saturday October 23 from 9 am – noon:  Breakfast music jam at Winning Coffee Co.
  • Sunday October 24 from 1- 5 pm: Open Jam at Old Town Plaza

Expect to see raffles at New Mexico Django Festival events to help support the performing artists, for items including David Yurman jewelry valued at $1450.

–Tania

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