For immediate release: Nov. 19, 2014
Katie Goetz, Public Information Officer
New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) will soon be showcasing New Mexico foods from atop four wheels.
The department recently purchased a mobile kitchen, built inside a trailer that can be pulled with a pickup. NMDA will take the food trailer to events, where it will be used to prepare, sample, and promote New Mexico foods and beverages. Staff will inaugurate it this weekend at a first-of-its-kind event in Las Cruces.
“HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market” happens at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday. The event is centered around New Mexico food and agriculture.
NMDA will sample a wide variety of New Mexico foods: blue corn pancakes, syrups, and coffee for breakfast; and cheeseburgers, stew, quesadillas, and goat cheese pinwheels later on. NMDA will sample items both Saturday and Sunday.
The food trailer’s aims are both culinary and educational: a built-in TV that faces out toward the public will broadcast videos about New Mexico agriculture.
“We’re really excited to use the trailer to show people how many delicious New Mexico products are grown and made in New Mexico, and how they can use these ingredients to make great dishes at home,” said New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte. “It’s not just chile we do well in New Mexico – we’ve got great cheeses, onions, pecans, and beef, just to name a few.”
In addition to the cooking demonstrations and sampling, “HomeGrown” will feature New Mexico products for sale: award-winning salsas, cheese, beans, sauces, spices, lamb, honey, candy, apples, wine, and more – all just in time for Thanksgiving and holiday gift-giving. Authors like Kelly Coffeen and Dave DeWitt will be on hand to sign their cookbooks. The public is invited to participate in a chile relleno cookoff that kicks off Saturday at noon. There will also be live music, as well as a booth where you can get your family’s holiday photo taken.
The museum and NMDA are co-hosting the event at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. The first 100 vehicles each day will receive a free burlap shopping bag. Admission is $5 per vehicle.
Vendors are still invited to register. For more information, please call the museum at 575-522-4100 or NMDA’s Marketing & Development Division at 575-646-4929.
To enter the chile relleno cookoff, please call the museum.