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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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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Bike Tours: Holiday Lights and Luminaria

December 14, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque bike tours for the holiday season at a price that makes cyling Santa happy.

The creative folk over at Routes Rentals & Tours are offering two holiday bike tours to put the sparkle into cycling this Christmas, on December 23 and 24 only. The tours take you for a spin to enjoy some of the best of Albuquerque holiday lights around Old Town or the Bugg Lights Christmas Display, and both include a free hot drink of cocoa or teas and a free commemorative holiday ornament. Either take your own bike – which makes the tour cheaper at $7 – or they’ll provide a bike, including a helmet and bicycle lights.

Routes Rentals & Tours ticket prices are $7 if you take your own bike, and $15 including bike rental.

Spaces are limited, and one tour time has already sold out, so book fast! Here are the options:

  • Tour of Bugg Lights Christmas Display at Menaul School, and other neighborhood Christmas lights, on December 23, starting at either 5:30 pm or 7 pm. Obviously you walk around the Bugg Lights display once you’ve cycled there, or you’ll be crashing into decorations and terrifying small children (a real downer on the tidings of comfort and joy).
  • Tour of Old Town luminaria and Country Club area lights on Christmas Eve, December 24, with tours starting at either 5:30 pm, 7 pm, or 8:30 pm.  

I think this sounds like a fun way to freewheel through the festive season, and even though they say these are pretty relaxed rides, you’ll get a little exercise too, in advance of the holiday feasting!

If you take your own bike, you must have front and rear bike lights (or rent them for $5 a pair.)

Make tour reservations online for the Albuquerque Lights and Luminarias Holiday Bike Tours.

–Tania

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Albuquerque Ghost Tours

October 12, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque ghost tours this Halloween month give you the choice to spook it up on foot, trolley, and even by bike!

Routes Rentals & Tours offer what’s claimed to be the first ever haunted bicycle tour in town. The bikes aren’t haunted (we hope), but the Routes Rentals & Tours Halloween Tour De Frights bike tours take a 2.5 hour freewheel around haunted Albuquerque. Personally I’d pedal like a demon and sprint round in about 25 minutes at the first hint of the supernatural, but then we all know I’m a wuss.

The Routes and Rentals Halloween tours are for adults and “open-minded” kids aged 12+,  starting at 7 pm every night excluding Sunday from October 20 – 29, 2011. The terrain is moderate, starting near Old Town, and refreshments are provided at the end of the tour. If you rent a bike for the tour, the cost is $35. Bring your own bike and the tour is discounted to $25. (You must sport front and rear safety lights.)

It’s not dirt cheap, but I reckon it’s good value for such a novel excursion, especially if you have your own wheels. And it’s fine to dress up in bike-safe Halloween costumes. Spaces are limited to 16 ghost riders per tour, so book in advance.

The Trolley of Terror from ABQ Trolley Co. and Tours of Old Town takes a 1.5 hour jaunt through haunted Albuquerque, probably doing its best to avoid costumed riders on the ghost bike tour.  Due to the adult subject matter, they’re giving the tour an ‘R’ rating, so it doesn’t sound like this one is for kids. The open-air trolley leaves from Old Town on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 pm or 9 pm from October 14 – 29. Tickets are $35, or $30 for seniors 65+ and students with ID. Seats are limited so book the Trolley of Terror in advance.

The cheapest way to frighten yourself is on your own two feet! The Tours of Old Town Ghost Tours take place as usual through October at 8 pm every night, including Halloween night. Tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20 with a price break at $18 for seniors 55+, military personnel, and college students. Take ID. Children aged 13-17 pay $16, or it’s $10 for ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under go free.   You have to book and pay in advance, so make Ghost Tour reservations online or call (505) 246-TOUR.

And please don’t complain to me when you’ve scared yourself witless. I have no wits to begin with so I’ll be no help…

Tania

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Ghost and History Tours 15% Off for NM Residents

August 16, 2011 by  
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New Mexico residents can scare up a 15% discount at Tours of Old Town on selected Local Love weekends. The next one is August 26-27, 2011.

Tours of Old Town leads ghost and history walking tours of our 300 year old historic city center, and if you know when to go, locals get 15% off.  The Tours of Old Town Local Love 15% discount is available on one weekend a month, and apply to the:

  • Ghost Tour at 8 pm – regular adult tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20.
  • History, Legends and Lore Tour, currently running at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm, but check before setting off in case times change. Regular adult tickets for the 75-minute walking tour are $10.

Take your New Mexico ID to get the 15% discount and check the Tours of Old Town schedule to see the Local Love dates.

At time of posting, forthcoming Loval Love dates are:

  • August 2011: Friday 26 and Saturday 27
  • September:  Friday 23, Saturday 24, and Sunday 25

DATE NIGHT PACKAGE

For couples (from New Mexico and beyond!) the Tours of Old Town Date Night Package currently runs on Saturday nights, with a bunch of experiences and treats adding up to an estimated saving of $50 per couple.

The $99.95 per couple package includes:

  • Two tickets to the Tours of Old Town Saturday night Ghost Tour (usually $20 per adult), for a 90-minute walk through haunted Albuquerque.
  • Dinner for two at Church Street Cafe (to a $35 value)
  • Truffles from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Coffees and breakfast pastries for the pair of you from Rolling in Dough
  • A couples’ psychic angel reading for you and your sweetie from Angel Town
  • Discount coupons from Old Town merchants
  • Take home a Ghost Hunter DVD

The package price is $99.95 per couple, for a total estimated value of $150.  Tax and gratuities are extra, and spaces are limited, so you must book in advance by purchasing tickets online or call (505) 246-TOUR.

I can’t see how you can possibly use all the elements included in the Tours of Old Town package in one night, but you can certainly make a weekend of it. And I guess if the truffles don’t sweeten up your sweetheart, they’ll at least be jumping in your arms on the ghost tour?

–Tania

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Ghost and History Tours 15% Off for NM Residents

March 21, 2011 by  
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New Mexico residents can scare up a 15% discount at Tours of Old Town on selected Local Love weekends. The next one is March 25-27, 2011.

Tours of Old Town leads ghost and history walking tours of our 300 year old historic city center, and if you know when to go, locals get 15% off.  The Tours of Old Town Local Love 15% discount is available on one weekend a month, and apply to the:

  • Ghost Tour at 8 pm – regular adult tickets for the 90-minute walking tour are $20.
  • History, Legends and Lore Tour, currently running at 10 am, 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm, but check before setting off in case times change. Regular adult tickets for the 75-minute walking tour are $10.

Take your New Mexico ID to get the 15% discount and check the Tours of Old Town schedule to see the Local Love dates.

At time of posting, forthcoming Loval Love dates are:

  • March 2011:  Friday 25, Saturday 26, and Sunday 27
  • April:  Friday 29 and Saturday 30
  • May:  Friday 27 and Saturday 28

DATE NIGHT PACKAGE

For couples (from New Mexico and beyond!) the Tours of Old Town Date Night Package runs every Saturday night through March and April 2011, with a bunch of experiences and treats adding up to an estimated saving of $50 per couple.

The $99.95 per couple package includes:

  • Two tickets to the Tours of Old Town Saturday night Ghost Tour (usually $20 per adult), for a 90-minute walk through haunted Albuquerque.
  • Dinner for two at Church Street Cafe (to a $35 value)
  • Truffles from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Coffees and breakfast pastries for the pair of you from Rolling in Dough
  • A couples’ psychic angel reading for you and your sweetie from Angel Town
  • Discount coupons from Old Town merchants
  • Two NM Tourism Department Enchantment Cards which gives discounts and special offers at various Albuquerque and other New Mexico restaurants and businesses. (To be honest, the card is free in the first place, but it’s still a nice perk.)
  • Take home a Ghost Hunter DVD

The package price is $99.95 per couple, for a total estimated value of $150.  Tax and gratuities are extra, and spaces are limited, so you must book in advance by purchasing tickets online or call (505) 246-TOUR.

Although they describe the date night package as running through March and April, date nights are also showing on the events calendar in May etc, so maybe they’ll just be  ongoing.

I can’t see how you can possibly use all the elements included in the Tours of Old Town package in one night, but you can certainly make a weekend of it. And I guess if the truffles don’t sweeten up your sweetheart, they’ll at least be jumping in your arms on the ghost tour?

–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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Bodies the Exhibition Discount Tickets

December 14, 2010 by  
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The Albuquerque showing of Bodies…The Exhibition runs till January 9, 2011, and in the final month there are a couple of ticket deals to be had. (Maybe more by the time we’re finished, but this is what we’ve got for now.)

UPDATE: Since time of posting, the discount ticket deal has been extended to January 2, 2011.

Until December 20 January 2, they’re offering discounted $16 tickets to Bodies… The Exhibition.  Normal ticket prices are $22 for adults (aged 13+), $18 for seniors and students, and $17 for military. (Regular priced tickets for kids aged 4-12 are only $14, so don’t use the promo code for them.)

To get the $16 tickets, either:

If two adults want to visit the exhibition, you’re slightly better off by taking advantage of the
Bodies…the Exhibition Half Price Holiday Deal via Good Day New Mexico. With this deal:

  • You get two adult tickets for $27, plus the audio guide (usually $5)
  • The shipping fee of $3.85 brings the total for two tickets and audio to $30.85 
  • Tickets are good to January 9, 2011
  • There’s only a limited quantity of the Bodies…The Exhibition ticket packages available, so don’t loiter if you want to buy it – UNLESS you want to go tomorrow! Delivery time for tickets is estimated at 7 to 10 days.

Bodies… The Exhibition has earned tons of press coverage around the world for its extraordinary and sometimes controversial subject matter. Personally I found it a pretty intense experience. The show presents more than 250 examples of what they call “real human specimens”. In other words: Dead people.  The bodies are preserved with the intention of educating visitors about human anatomy and health. The exhibition’s FAQ page makes fascinating reading.

Bodies… The Exhibition runs until January 9, 2011, at the Albuquerque Convention Center (Northwest Exhibit Hall), 401 2nd Street NW.

–Tania

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Bodies The Exhibition 20% Discount

November 18, 2010 by  
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Get 20% off admission to Bodies… The Exhibition in Albuquerque through November 30, 2010 with our discount code.

I went to a special viewing of Bodies… The Exhibition and came away with a promo code to get 20% off this world-famous exhibit!  (Regular adult tickets before discount are $22.)

If you plan to visit Bodies…The Exhibition through November 30, 2010, use the coupon code: BLOG 

The promo code is good for ticket purchases at the box office at the Albuquerque Convention Center. (Not good for online ticket sales. It’s best to buy in person anyway to avoid the ticketing fees.) Although the show continues until January, the 20% off promo code BLOG is only valid through end of November.

Bodies… The Exhibition has earned tons of press coverage around the world for its extraordinary and sometimes controversial subject matter. The show presents more than 250 examples of what they call “real human specimens”. In other words: Dead people.  The bodies are preserved with the intention of educating visitors about human anatomy and health. The exhibition’s FAQ page makes fascinating reading.

Personally I found it a pretty intense experience. I wish the exhibit tags didn’t label the deceased as ‘specimens’ as if  to distance the fact that these were/are human beings, and I feel uncomfortable that these people didn’t give permission for their bodies to be used this way. (Everyone died of natural causes in China and were unclaimed bodies.)  And I declined the official tourist photo of me with some poor dead person as if I’m at Disney World with Mickey Mouse – that felt exploitative. But it was a remarkable and informative experience and some of the exhibits were quite beautiful – almost art. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you went – leave a note in the comment box below!

Bodies…The Exhibition is at the Albuquerque Convention Center (Northwest Exhibit Hall), 401 2nd Street NW.

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New Mexico Bowl Discount Ticket Sale

November 16, 2010 by  
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The New Mexico Bowl three day sale saves $5 on tickets…

Buy tickets in the New Mexico Bowl sale from Wednesday November 17 to Friday November 19 to get $5 off premium tickets – the sale price is $25 instead of the regular $30. Plus any premium tickets bought during the three day sale gets you an entry into a drawing for prizes.

Albuquerque’s 5th New Mexico Bowl takes place at High Noon on December 18, 2010 at UNM’s University Stadium.  If you plan ahead and purchase tickets by Friday November 19, you not only get the reduced tickets, you get a chance at VIP prizes. What are the prizes, you ask?

Top prize is a VIP parking pass, four passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party, four tickets in the End Zone Club and one players’ gift package. Other prizes are pretty good too: A VIP parking pass, two passes to the ESPN VIP Tailgate Party and two tickets in the End Zone Club, or a VIP parking pass and two tickets to the ESPN tailgate party.

Buy New Mexico Bowl sale tickets online, or in person at the UNM ticket office (Northeast corner of The Pit), or by phone at the Lobo ticket office (505) 925-5626. But you’ve gotta do it by Friday November 19 to nab the reduced ticket price.

The NM Bowl ticket offer is good on Premium sideline seats, for tickets at $25 instead of $30. North end zone seats are also available for $23, but there’s no sale discount on those.

Or you can stay home and watch the game on ESPN, but where’s the fun in that? Oh, instant access to the bathroom and a stocked fridge? I see your point. Still, where’s the fun in THAT?

If you’re visiting Albuquerque for the event, find special New Mexico Bowl hotel rates to rest your head at Albuquerque hotels including Best Western, Hampton Inn, Hyatt Regency, and Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa.

–Tania

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