I don’t have a whole lot new to say about Albuquerque’s 2012 Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show that I haven’t said in my previous posts in 2011 and 2010, but the dates are new, the topic’s hot, and I would be remiss not bringing it up. After all, it is the only show of its kind in the world, and is the only place you may sample chile and BBQ product from all over the world and the US. This is one hot annual event, and you only have yourself to blame if you miss it.
“Just the facts, mam.”
As in the last few years, the Sandia Resort and Casino on the north side of Albuquerque is once again the venue. This year anyone staying at the hotel under the block of rooms for the Fiery Foods Show will be entered to win one night free. I know a Better Way to Stay and save some bucks too without needing the win – stay with us at Adobe Nido Bed and Breakfast. It’s really a short drive to the casino from our place. They even have a shuttle in their parking lot at the Event Center and we have off the road parking at Adobe Nido. Win-Win. We’ve hosted many a chilihead and Fiery Food Show vendor, and we do it right! After the show, how about some peace, quiet, a soak in a jetted tub and relaxation in the sauna? That works every time!
2012 National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show
March 2, 3 & 4, 2012
Sandia Resort and Casino
Event Center on East side of Resort
1-25 and Tramway Blvd, Albuquerque, NM
Friday, March 2
11am to 4pm – Trade Attendees only
4pm to 8pm – Trade and General Public
Saturday, March 3
9am to 11am Trade Attendees only
11am to 7pm – Trade and General Public
Sunday, March 4
9am to 11am Trade Attendees only
11am to 6pm – Trade and General Public
Tickets at the door are $15.00 Adults, $5.00 for kids 18 and under.
Tickets available online at TicketMaster for $13.50, (but the kid price online is $8.50. FFBBQS website says “18 and under”, and TicketMaster’s site says 12 and under. I’d stick with what Showmaster Dave Dewitt says on his site).
Go here – for a Trade Attendee pass if you represent a company in the Food Industry. It’s so worth it to get in and out before the general public.
Now – this is important to ensure a good time – go early and leave the kids with a sitter. This is not too much fun for young children at all, as the food is too hot and the crowds very scary. Strollers are a big problem as people will trip and fall over them and your kids. I have seen this happen again and again, every year.
If you are handicapped – please take this advice and go as early as you can. I did this show with a cane one year and it was rough going. I also went in a wheelchair one year and it was impossible to get near a booth once the crowds got big in the afternoon. You’ve been warned. Personally, I think Dave and his crew should admit people with a physical handicapped to the Trade Only time slots, but he didn’t ask me for my opinion. It would make it better for everyone.
Over 200 exhibitor booths and over 1000 products to sample and buy…this is a good time for anyone who enjoys the heat of the pepper and the thrill of a brand new BBQ product. If I missed anything important, check out the Fiery Foods Show Website. And – it’s not just for BBQ folks and chiliheads, because there is a lot more to this show than just food. Clothing, gadgets, books, jewelry, arts and crafts…you name it, it’s there.
Don’t forget to wear your favorite chile garb! One of these days Dave should have a contest for the most unique chile getup.
Go. Eat. Watch the freaks. Browse. Enjoy. Be a Chilihead geek!
I know the hottest things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!
Tags: Fiery Foods and BBQ Show