For the first time, adult fairgoers this year will be able to find a favorite among several New Mexico-made beers and wines during the New Mexico State Fair, happening Sept. 10-20 in Albuquerque.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) and the New Mexico State Fair are partnering with the New Mexico Brewers Guild and New Mexico Wine Growers Association to kick off a first-of-its-kind series of events at the fair: The Reds, Whites, and Brews Mini-Fest, where people of legal drinking age can buy New Mexico beer by the can and New Mexico wine by the glass. NMDA will offer samples of New Mexico cheese to pair with the wines, as well as samples of New Mexico pecans, pistachios, and peanuts for fairgoers to snack on during the mini-fest.
“If you want to taste New Mexico in one place, The Reds, Whites, and Brews Mini-Fest is a good time and place to do it,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.
The series of Reds, Whites, and Brews Mini-Fest events kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building, located across from the Manuel Lujan Commercial Building. The mini-fest returns – same time, same place – Friday, Sept. 11; Saturday, Sept. 12; Thursday, Sept. 17; Friday, Sept. 18; and Saturday, Sept. 19.
NMDA will host four other events to offer fairgoers a taste of New Mexico-grown and New Mexico-made foods. Each of the four events happens from 1 to 3 p.m. in the courtyard of the Agriculture Building:
· Saturday, Sept. 12: Sample 30+ commercially made New Mexico salsas and pick your favorite during the Battle of the Salsas
· Sunday, Sept. 13: New Mexico tacos featuring local grass-fed beef, salsas, cheese, and lettuce – all served in a locally made mini-taco shell
· Friday, Sept. 18: Gourmet mini-grilled cheese sandwiches featuring New Mexico cheese and a variety of ingredients
· Saturday, Sept. 19: New Mexico onion rings featuring locally grown sweet onions, as well as a variety of New Mexico-made dipping sauces
No matter what day you go to the fair, you’ll be able to find New Mexico foods there. That’s because NMDA is once again featuring its New Mexico Country Store – a one-stop shop where you can find several hundred New Mexico-made salsas and sauces, honeys, jams and jellies, and more – inside the Agriculture Building. The store will be open every day of the fair from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Store proceeds go to the food companies themselves and to the Rio Rancho Rotary Club. The club operates the store and puts its share of the proceeds enitrely toward philanthropic projects.
For more information about NMDA and its support of New Mexico farming, ranching, and food- and beverage-making, please visit www.nmda.nmsu.edu, as well as, NMDA’s NEW MEXICO-Taste the Tradition® program, whose logos were designed to promote New Mexico-grown and New Mexico-made food and other agricultural products.