HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market

Nov 10, 2014

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces will unveil a new event on Nov. 22-23 that features the stateís diverse food products.

The Museum's new event, "HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market," is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 23.

Food grown in New Mexico is showcased at this first-time event as vendors from around the state will sell their products as the gift-giving season approaches. Food items offered for sampling and purchasing include award-winning salas, pies, cookies, sauces, honey, fresh produce, jerkey, candy, cheese, tortillas, wine, and much more. New Mexico crafts are also part of the event.

Admission is $5 per vehicle and the first 100 vehicles receive a free, burlap shopping bag. The bags can also be purchased at the event for $5.

The Museum is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the state's growers to offer great product to buy, samples, as well as cooking demonstrations, book signings and much more.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture will unveil its new demonstration trailer and samples of New Mexico foods will be offered. The menu for the trailer isnít finalized, but some of the samples being considered are blue corn pancakes, green chile stew, goat cheese pinwheels, burgers, and quesadillas. Aside from the kitchen equipment, some of the features of the new trailer include a porch, flat screen TV, speakers, and awning.

The Museum's chuck wagon will also be part of the event and there will be samples of Dutch-oven biscuits.

A chile relleno cooking contest is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. The cost to enter is $25 and the chile rellenos can be brought to the museum for the contest, or cooked on-site in the museum's courtyard. Three celebrity judges will judge the contest and first prize is $100, second prize is $75 and third place is $50. For more details on the contest, call Rachel Banegas at (575) 522-4100.

Cookbook authors such as Dave DeWitt, Kelley Coffeen and Patricia Milhok will sign books, and musical entertainment will be provided by the Cactus Chords quartet and Bruce Carlson. Individuals and families are also invited to have their holiday pictures taken at the museum.

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. The museum is located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces.

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For information contact Craig Massey at craig.massey@state.nm.us.