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Albuquerque Heat Wave Due in Late February

January 26th, 2014

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!


New Mexico is a Compassionate Use State

January 2nd, 2014

New Mexico is a Compassionate use state, meaning that New Mexico residents may register and participate in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis program.

In 2007 New Mexico’s Legislators passed the Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act, which essentially made cannabis legal as medicine for qualifying conditions, and the list is a long and very inclusive for a wide range of illnesses and conditions.New Mexico has Compassionate Cannabis Use Laws

Only state residents can participate in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis program. I asked a former State Senator about reciprocity and if it was considered when creating the Medical Cannabis Law in New Mexico. She said that as far as she knew, it hadn’t even come up. Reciprocity is a term used in the Medical Cannabis that relates to whether or not a state will recognize and respect patients with Medical Cannabis cards from other states. There weren’t that many states with Medical Cannabis Laws in the U.S. at that point, and the lawmakers were more concerned with protecting their own citizens with a law that had no loopholes. As it stands now, only New Mexico residents with Medical Cannabis Program cards are protected under the law. That is not to say your personal encounter with law enforcement would get you arrested or have your medicine confiscated. That will vary from officer to officer, but it is not a priority for most law enforcement, especially in the cities, if you are found to possess small quantities of marijuana and are not smoking it in public, smoking while driving or disturbing the peace.

Presently there are 20 states in the U.S.as well as Washington DC that have protected their citizens with medical marijuana, (or cannabis, the preferred term in New Mexico), compassionate use laws. In some of these states the laws are pitiful, like NJ and Illinois, both who make it very difficult or nearly impossible for patients in desperate need to qualify or even obtain cannabis as medicine. In many states marijuana is not legal, but the penalties are less harsh and there are no more mandatory jail sentences. At this time in New Mexico, possession of one ounce or less of marijuana for non-medical purposes is punishable by a $50-100 fine and up to 15 days in jail. A second offense, or a conviction for possession of more than an ounce, can lead to a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to one year.

A bill passed the NM House of Representatives in the 2013 Legislative session which would reduce the penalty of up to one ounce in personal possession to just a $50 fine, but the session ran out before it could go to the Senate. There was also a bill that passed a Senate Committee that would task the Economic Development Department to study the impact of regulating marijuana like cigarettes and alcohol. This is seen as a promising sign toward legalization in the near future. I think that with legalized marijuana in neighboring Colorado, legalization will happen soon here in New Mexico. I am sure our legislators will be watching Colorado and Washington very carefully. In the mean time we hope for full decriminalization in 2014.

I will update this information as it all unfolds. For more information on the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program, you may find these links helpful:

The Lynn and Erin Compassionate Use Act (full text)
New Mexico Depatment of Health Medical Cannabis Program
CannaGramma, personal experience with Medical Cannabis in New Mexico

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