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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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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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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Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta 2010

August 16, 2010 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 2010 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 22, 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 and gardening seminars with tips on growing tomatoes
  • 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 22 2010
  • Time: 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Albuquerque Garden Center
  • Price: $5 adults, free for kids under 12

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

— Tania

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Jubilation Wine, Beer, and Spirit Tastings

February 4, 2010 by  
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Fancy a taste of Pama Pomegranate Liqueur? Or Sangre de Frambuesa (Raspberry Belgian) beer from Santa Fe Brewing Co? Free beer, wine, and spirit tastings at Jubilation Wine & Spirits this Friday 5 and Saturday 6 February let you try before you buy.

A good a place as any to start your Valentine’s Day celebrations (or commiserations if this year isn’t so sweet to you in the love stakes), Jubilation hosts two days of free tasting events:

Friday Feb 5 from 4 to 6 pm:
Santa Fe Brewery Beer Tasting and Valentine’s Day Spirit Tasting

Beer tasting of Santa Fe Brewing Co. 20th anniversary hand-numbered 750ml bomber series (price now dropped to $6.99), with a bod from the brewery to talk about all the stuff that ale-fans talk about. PLUS tasting of Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and Hypnotiq Vodka and Cognac Liqueur, and find out about cocktail recipes for Valentine’s Day.

Saturday Feb 6th from 2 to 4 pm:
Valentine’s Day Spirit and Wine Tasting
Jubilation’s first wine tasting of the year, PLUS sample Pama Pomegranate Liqueur and Hypnotiq Vodka and Cognac Liqueur, and hear about cocktail recipes for Valentine’s Day.

Jubilation Wine & Spirits is located at 3512 Lomas Boulevard NE, at the junction of Lomas,  Carlisle, and Monte Vista.

–Tania

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Cheap Event: 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta

August 19, 2009 by  
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Tomatoes photo by Manjith Kainickara; Creative Commons license

Fruit or vegetable? Who cares! At this time of year, nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. And if you worship tomatoes like we do at Cheap Central, you won’t want to miss this cheap event.

The 2009 Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta takes place Sunday, August 23, from 11:00am – 3:00pm, at the Albuquerque Garden Center. Presented by the Albuquerque Area Extension Master Gardeners, the fiesta offers a ton of activities for a paltry $5 admission fee (adults), and kids age 12 and under are FREE!

Here’s a sampling of what you can expect:

  • Tomato tastings, including heirloom and rare varieties, plus tomato dishes
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Informational seminars
  • Farmer’s market with fresh produce for sale
  • Garden and crafts fair with plants and crafts
  • Kids’ Corner with free activities
  • Tours of the Albuquerque Garden Center’s Display Gardens
  • Live music
  • …and much more!

This event is sponsored by Montaño Acura, High Country Gardens, Jericho Nursery, Big I 107.9, The New 104.7, and Progressive Talk AM1350.

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

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Friday Food Freebies and Deals for 7/10/09

July 10, 2009 by  
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Who knew Osuna Nursery also carries gourmet goodies?

Got a sweet tooth? A yen for fish? Or simply a yen for “cheap”? We’ve got all three covered!

  • Free Baja Fish Taco Day: Well, yo-ho-ho and a baja fish taco! On Tuesday, July 14 (2009), sail on over to Long John Silver’s before 2:30pm to score a free fish taco. No coupon required, no rigamarole. Limit one per customer. Participating locations only. Nine LJS locations in New Mexico to serve you. (Thanks, Barb!)
  • $10 off: Buca di Beppo offers this coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase. Simple. The offer looks to be good on carryout, as well as dine in, since the coupon doesn’t limit the offer. Valid through 7/21/09. There’s one Buca in the Q, and it’s over by Coronado Center.
  • Free food tasting: Who knew Osuna Nursery did gourmet foods? We didn’t. But they’re hosting a tasting Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, from 11:00am – 3:00pm both days. Sample Jalapeño Candied Jelly from Third Coast Gourmet & Gifts, soup mixes from The Plentiful Pantry, and Artisan Chocolate Fudge Balls from Cocopotamus. Yum! In the North Valley near Osuna and Edith.
  • Free pint of Starbucks ice cream (maybe): We added the caveat because this is a giveaway through Facebook. So, first, you have to be able to log in to Facebook (thereby eliminating everyone who doesn’t use the site). Second, they’re only giving away 800 coupons per hour (sounds like a lot, until you figure how many thousands of people are vying for them). Still, if you’re into the thrill of the chase or you just can’t live without Starbucks ice cream, this may be worth a shot! Every day through 7/19/09.
  • Free wine tasting: Jubilation Wine & Spirits has been hosting several beer tastings lately, but finally here’s one for wine lovers. Tomorrow, 7/11/09, from 2:00 – 4:00pm, stop by Jubilation to taste “wines that are best to drink in the summer heat.” Varieties will include orvietos, torrontes, pinot noir, malbec, a sparkling wine, and several others. Located near UNM at Lomas & Carlisle.
  • BOGO Sub: Check out this coupon for BOGO Quizno’s sub sandwich. Buy one combo meal, get a second sub free! Note it’s good only at the 4411 Montaño Rd location.
  • Half off dinner: Here’s one for our amigos en el valle sur. Kathy’s Carryout is legendary! Use this coupon for 50% off second dinner with the purchase of one dinner and two drinks. ¡Qué rico!
  • Half off beverages: We know some of our Twitter followers are Bad Ass Coffee Co. devotees, so here’s one for them. Use this coupon for half off hot, iced, or frozen blended drink with purchase of another. Scroll down the page for other Bad Ass Coffee Co. coupons, too! Located up in Bernalillo.

Hopefully that list, along with the separate post about all the breakfast foodaliciousness occuring at Chick-fil-A will hold you until next week!

–Elizabeth Hanes

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Beer Tasting plus Prizes and Giveaways

July 2, 2009 by  
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Let’s clear one thing up right away: there will be NO beer giveaways! Sad, we know. But this event still rocks!

Just in time for 4th of July weekend, Jubilation Wine & Spirits is having a beer tasting, complete with prizes, giveaways, and a live broadcast by 94 Rock! Stop by today, Thursday, July 2 (2009) between 5:00 and 7:00pm to taste a slew of Odell Brewing Company beers, including:

  • IPA
  • Red Ale
  • 90 Shilling
  • Cutthroat Porter
  • St. Lupulin
  • and others!

Doug Odell has been brewing beer in Fort Collins, CO, since 1989. Besides crafting great brews, they strongly believe in green business practices and in philanthropy.

But we know you’re mainly interested in the free beer tasting. So, head on over to Jubilation and pick up some brewskis for Independence Day.

Jubilation Wine & Spirits is located in the university district at 3512 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque.

–Elizabeth Hanes

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