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Albuquerque Heat Wave Due in Late February

We all fall in to a Burning Ring of Fire, every Spring in Albuquerque. It’s very true. We can really put on a hot time in the old town.

I have been reporting about the Fiery Foods and BBQ Show in Albuquerque for a few years now, because it is one of my favorite annual Albuquerque events. Last year I missed reporting about it, but I’m not going to forsake my fav this year.  Here first you’ll find the important facts, but please read below for a few dos and don’ts regarding the show to ensure a good time.26th Fiery Food Show

The Hottest Show on Earth!
26th Annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show

2014 Fiery Foods and Barbecue ShowWhen – February 28-March 2, 2014
Where – Sandia Resort/Casino Events Center, Albuquerque, NM
Hours –
Friday, February 28, 2014
Trade Only Hours – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
General Public – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Trade Only Hours – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
General Public – 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Trade Only Hours – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
General Public – 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
For Advanced tickets, click here!
Adults, $15, Children Up to Age 18 – $5
Children under 6 years attend FREE
Free Parking for All!


  • Arrange for a Trade Entry Pass if you are affiliated with food or food related industries (gift shops!) – the trade hours are priceless for lack of crowd and for quality time with the vendors. Go here if you are Trade Attendee.
  • Get tickets in advance online – the ticket line is very long at the show. It’s really, really, really worth the extra 50 cents or so not to have to stand in line. I can’t stress this enough.
  • Try and leave the kids with a sitter. Although the atmosphere is “family” the crowds are daunting and the foods are HOT and not designed for young taste buds.
  • Arrive Early! Even if you don’t mind standing in line for tickets, the trade show floor becomes a wall of people and is difficult to navigate.
  • Bring cash. There will be ATM’s at the casino (as always, and there will be lines. Cash only at the ticket booth or you will be sent to the Ticketmaster booth to use credit cards or checks. Most vendors accept credit cards, but cash sure makes it easier and faster.


  • Say NO to strollers. If you bring your children in a stroller, you will be the bane of your children and everyone around you. The crowd is just too large and people will trip and fall over the stroller and your child.
  • Don’t worry if you have to park far out in the north 40, because the casino has a bus that will eventually come round to pick you up and take you to the door.

We still have rooms available if you need a place to stay. Adobe Nido is very Chili Head friendly! We proudly serve up jellies at breakfast from A&J Farms in Lemitar, NM, and you’ll find them at this spectacular Albuquerque event.

Go. Eat. Watch the freaks. Browse. Enjoy. Be a Chili Head geek!

I know the hottest things to do in Albuquerque!
Sarah Dolk, Adobe Nido Bed & Breakfast
Expert on Destination Albuquerque and Central New Mexico!


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