Food and Wine Events

No place in the universe has a more beloved, and specific, local cuisine than New Mexico. It’s a land whose state question is “red or green (chile)?”  New Mexicans take their eating seriously.

There is also nothing quite like digging into a buffalo burger served with lip-smacking salsa and tortilla chips; or grilled veggies, like corn on the cob sprinkled with Hatch red-chile mix and must-have frijoles ranchero-style, served with crisp apples harvested from the upper Mimbres Valley.

Homegrown New Mexico cuisine is a mosaic of all cultures. Combining the corn and chile from its Native American ancestors, along with the spicy preparation styles of the Spanish-speaking people, New Mexico’s cultural ingredients intermingle and complement each other. This New Mexico mosaic has been collecting pieces since Coronado's expedition.

So, in a locale with such firmly entrenched local food traditions, is culinary change possible? Drop by one of the state’s swankier restaurants in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos or Albuquerque and you’ll see green chile kicking up an escargot dish, blue corn making it into the tempura batter used for flash-frying calamari, and the chorizo appearing alongside a rotisserie special of rose-salted beef rib-eye and lavender-salted shrimp.

Don’t let this quest for the different deprive you of the incredible taste of the traditional, however. For a taste sensation that is out of this world, dive into a simple bowl of green chile stew laden with chunks of meat, beans and potatoes.

Only a delightfully unpredictable, distinctly New Mexican cuisine could possibly keep pace with the relaxed pace, romantic charm, boundless blue skies, breathtaking sunsets and endless starry nights found only in the Land of Enchantment.

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

“...The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe”

The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of national wineries.

By bringing 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, a five day schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.

One event, The SFWC Fiesta Live Auction raises money to sponsor Santa Fe restaurant community events. Proceeds from the live auction help sponsor culinary classes such as restaurant service classes, wine and cooking classes. As well the Live Auction helps sponsor other community events involving our restaurants and chefs such as Santa Fe’s Cooking with Kids program and Santa Fe Restaurant Week.

Hot Chili Days Cool Mountain Nights

“...Since 1905, Red River has played host to visitors in search of cool mountain temperatures”

Since 1905, Red River has played host to visitors in search of cool mountain temperatures, and August, should be no exception, with food, tunes and fun lined up and ready to go at Larry Joe Taylor's annual “Hot Chili Days and Cool Mountain Nights.”

This three-day event combines live music all weekend with Larry Joe Taylor & Friends with multiple cook-offs in Brandenburg Park, include the CASI "Red River Red" cook-off, the New Mexico State Green Chile Championship and the Lone Star BBQ Society cook-off.

Music venues all over town, like the top of the mountain, the Lost Love Saloon, Brandenburg Park, and the historic Motherlode Saloon., will be participating. Music fans love this event because of the "up close and personal" concert venues and the unique access to world-class singers and songwriters.  It is not uncommon to see renowned musicians sitting around the fireplace at the Lodge, pickin' and strummin', sharing their gifts with everyone around.  Bring your guitar and hop in on the action.

Previous years have featured Larry Joe Taylor, Reckless Kelly, Deryl Dodd, Josh Weathers Band, Brandon Rhyder, Tejas Brothers, Michael Hearne & South by Southwest, Keith Sykes, Max Stalling, Richard Leigh, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines.

On your way to and from Red River be sure to stop in Taos, a treasure trove of old homes, museums, interesting shops, and art galleries; Questa, situated in the middle of hiking and camping; Angel Fire, with its great outdoor family activities such as biking, fishing, golf, and tennis; and Eagle Nest, offering high-country terrain, scenic vistas and beautiful Eagle Nest Lake.

Hatch Chile Festival

“...As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up with the annual two-day Hatch Chile Festival celebration of its world-famous crop”

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up with the annual two-day Hatch Chile Festival celebration of its world-famous crop, attracting more than 30,000 visitors from all over the United States.

Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, join in a chile ristra contest or just sit back and enjoy artisans, parades, food, carnivals, contest, music and much more.

Brought to you by the Hatch Valley Chamber of Commerce, the event takes place at the Hatch Municipal Airport, one mile east of town on State Road 26. Admission is $5 per car.

Special activities Saturday begin with the chile Festival Parade at 10 a.m., and include the queen coronation, music by the Cadillac Kings, a horseshoe tournament and the Queen's Auction.

Special activities Sunday include more music by the Yarbrough Band, Ransom and the Las Cruces High School Mariachis; more contests; and more fun.

Located off Interstate 25 between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. In 2007, the town population registered a little over 1,600 people. The Village of Hatch also serves seven unincorporated communities with a combined population of 5,000 people.

With four banks, two grocery stores, a pharmacy, a few retail stores, and a smattering of restaurants, Hatch offers all the amenities of small-town life.

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The Whole Enchilada

“...The Whole Enchilada Fiesta is a three-day celebration of southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and great food. ”

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta is a three-day celebration of Southern New Mexico’s traditions, culture, music and people.  The celebration is centered around the making of The Whole Enchilada by Roberto V. Estrada, founder of the Fiesta. In 2001, the Guiness Book of World Records recorded the Fiesta's enchilada as The Largest Flat Enchilada in the world.

For the past 32 years, the three-day event has been attracting not people from throughout the State of New Mexico, but also from throughout the nation.  The Fiesta has international a recognition because of the phenomenon of the making of the enchilada. The Fiesta includes arts and crafts vendors from thoughout the Southwest, a variety of Southwestern and American cuisine  booths, game  booths, children's activities,a variety of music, a car show, a carnival, a 5K Run, a parade, and much, much more!

The 33rd Annual Whole Enchilada Fiesta, "Celebrating Country, Community, and Culture", is scheduled for September 27, 28, and 29. In addition to featuring music artists from New Mexico and Texas, the Fiesta will have a Miss TWEF and Miss Teen TWEF competition. On Sunday, September 29, is the making of the Whole Enchilada and the day will feature music and dances in a tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Fiesta has been recognized as one of the top 100 events in the USA and 3rd largest in New Mexico.  Each year, over 40,000 plus people from over twenty states attend the event.  he Whole Enchilada Fiesta provides a quality fun s experience for the entire family!

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Pork & Brew State Championship

“...Pork & Brew has become one of the largest two-day events in New Mexico”

Rio Rancho’s Pork & Brew BBQ State Championships - named one of the best 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association – takes place every July at the Santa Ana Star Center.

Hours are 11:00 am - 7:00 pm July 5 & 6 and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on July 7. Activities and entertainment include magic, live music, activities for the children, and – of course – food, food and more food. Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event!

The Pork & Brew is sponsored by the Rio Rancho Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is a fully sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society event - one of the top 10 events on the Society calendar.  With more than 30,000 in attendance last year, Pork & Brew has become one of the largest two-day events in New Mexico. Winners go on to participate in Kansas City, KS at the Nationals.

New Mexico Wine Festival Bernalillo

“...A World of Great Wine and Music”

The New Mexico Wine Festival at Bernalillo wraps up the summer with the premier wine festival of the southwest! Just north of Albuquerque, historic Bernalillo is host to the biggest wine festival in the state.

Great music, arts and crafts, agricultural products, and a feast of foods. The perfect setting for wine, wine, wine!

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival

“...Celebrate the rich history of New Mexico Wines for three days over Memorial Day Weekend. ”

Celebrate the rich history of New Mexico Wines with the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival. Samples wines from wineries around the state, shop vendors from all over the southwest, eat, listen to live music and attend sessions at the University of Wine to learn more about food and wine pairing. The event is open all three days - Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from noon - 6:00 pm.  Ticket purchased is good for any one of those three days. Attendees must be 21 years old or accompanied by parent or legal guardian.  Please bring valid photo ID.

National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show

“...If you like warmth on your palate and have never experienced the Fiery Foods Show you should put it on your short list of places to go”

The National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort and Casino Events Center every March.

This unique show attracts attendees and buyers from around the globe and more than 10,000 general public attendance. Exhibitors in the show can take advantage of this opportunity to meet and greet new buyers, introduce their line of products or services, and reaffirm their commitments to their current customers who will be attending the show.

If you like warmth on your palate and have never experienced the Fiery Foods Show you should put it on your short list of places to go and thing to do. Great books, clothing, and decorator items – anything related to chili peppers – you’ll find at this hot annual show.

Glenwood Dutch Oven Cook-Off

Come try your hand at this age-old (and delicious!) method of outdoor cooking. Everyone, experienced or amateur, is welcome to enter, no matter where you call home. (And if you’re a member of an organization, consider getting your own team together.)

Cooking categories are “Fancy Fixer,” “Camp Cookie,” and “Tenderfoot,” with submitted recipes and level of experience considered.  Cooks can register to do Single Pot or Three Pot dishes in these categories. (Three Pot consists of Main Dish, Bread, and Dessert.)  Winning cooks will share jackpot cash awards and specialty prizes, not to mention all the fun they’ll have!

Big Annual Events

Annually In March
The Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort every March
Early April
Cowboy Cooking at its Best
April 25, 26, 27, 2013
Gathering on Nations Pow Wow
Albuquerque
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale.
July 5-7, 2013
Roswell UFO Festival
Roswell
July 4th Weekend
Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event with plenty of award winning BBQ.
July 12, 13 & 14, 2013
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe
July 26, 27 and 28, 2013
62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Santa Fe
Late July Early August
Get down to Earth at the Silver City Clay Festival
4th weekend in August
The Great American Duck Race
Deming
August 7 - 11, 2013
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup
Annually In August
The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
August 12-18, 2013
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe
August 15th - 17th, 2013
Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights
Red River
August 31 & September 1, 2013
Hatch Chile Festival
Hatch, NM
September 21 - 22, 2013
Hot Air Balloon Invitational
White Sands National Monument
SEPTEMBER 25 - 29, 2013
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe
Mid September
Globalquerque! is New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
September 27-29, 2013
The Whole Enchilada Festival
Las Cruces
Late September
We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy
October 5 - 13, 2013
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque
October 11 - 13, 2013
Lincoln County
Cowboy Symposium
November 19 - 24, 2013
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque Del Apache
December 6 - 8 2013
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Gallup