Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Santa Fe Culinary Event: Wine and Chile Fiesta

It's not too late to plan a New Mexico getaway for the annual Santa Fe Wine &; Chile Fiesta, during the weekend of September 26-30, 2012.  This annual event brings together the area's best culinary treats and wines from all over the United States, proving that Santa Fe is a force in the culinary world.  Our bed and breakfast is the perfect 'home base' during this incredible food and wine celebration, letting you leave the daily excitement to relax with the beauty and solitude of our inn, just 15 minutes from the Fiesta locations!

While the list is always being tweaked, at the time of this writing, a total of over 150 wineries and 75 area and regional restaurants will be represented throughout the Fiesta  at a number of different programs, including wine seminars, cooking demos, guest chef luncheons, guest chef tours, The Grand Tasting, and Reserve Tasting.  Wine dinners will also be offered, with a wine-pairing menu at each.

While the Fiesta boasts a full daily schedule, there are three specific happenings that will interest most attendees:
  • The Reserve Wine Tasting & Auction on Friday, September 28, 2012 features wines from all participating vintners and a silent auction of 50 rare wine lots.  All auction monies will be used by Santa Fe Wine & Chile to put towards their community programs.
  • The Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 29, 2012 is definitely the main event.  Spend the afternoon tasting great food from all restaurants and wineries participating in the Fiesta!
  • If you are a golfer, definitely consider the Gruet Golf Classic on Sunday, September 30, 2012, where you will enjoy a day of great fun paired with different sparkling wine/food pairings at every third hole!

Events are sold individually and can be purchased online.  It is up to you to make sure that none of your chosen events overlap.  Please note that tickets are not refundable.  Having said that, please also know that tickets to the most popular events are selling out quickly!  Tickets to sold-out events will be posted at the Fiesta's bulletin board, so you may still have a chance to attend any that are already sold out.

Be advised that NO ONE under 21 will be admitted to any Fiesta program or event.  Other information about the Fiesta and locations can be found online.

Each morning, we promise you a delicious breakfast to prepare you for the Fiesta events.  And with the downtown excitement, you will be glad to return to our welcoming hacienda for tea and cookies in the great room, and a restful sleep each night.  So reserve your favorite room now at our inn in the southeast foothills for this landmark Santa Fe celebration!

Please note that there is a 3-night minimum stay during this festival.

The Bobcat Inn

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Discover Native American Culture at the Santa Fe Indian Market

If you are familiar with Santa Fe at all, you know of our Native American, Mexican, and Spanish roots.  Designated as a Creative City by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Santa Fe is recognized as a cultural melting-pot that supports and promotes our residents' creative art products, and hosts a variety of events to showcase this very creative side of our city.  In this spirit, we invite you to be our guests between August 13-19, 2012 during this year's Santa Fe Indian Market!

Hosted by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) at the downtown Santa Fe plaza, this prestigious Native arts market and festival is now in its 91st year.  This event is technically much more than a "simple" crafts and folk art fair:  this week-long series of events includes programs, lectures, films, readings, book signings, art awards, live performances, auction gala, and more are all part of one big celebration culminating in the Market itself!

Whether it be jewelry, paining, pottery, textiles, wood, baskets, or something else entirely, you'll definitely find a reason to incorporate Native American art into your life during this week.  Over 1,100 artists from more than 100 tribes located all over the country and Canada offer their original artwork and creations.  The Market expects to see over 100,000 visitors from all over the world, making it the the largest cultural event in the southwest United States!

And no celebration is complete without food and drink.  You'll find a varied and vast selection of both traditional and contemporary Native foods.  From pemmican to Nokake to frybread; soups and dishes potentially featuring mutton, buffalo, and salmon; and a variety of offerings containing berries, whole grains, and squash, you'll likely find it all at the Market.  Pair all that with versions of morada drinks and teas, and you have a complete culinary experience!

Not only does the event satisfy the public's want of Native American goods, art, and culture appreciation, but it also helps to further the careers of the artists and performers alike.  Cartoonist Ricardo Cate, sculptor Michael Naranjo, and the Git-hoan Native Dance Group are just a few of the artists that have become more widely known, and will all be attending during the celebration.

While the site lists the typical hotels in the area, we (of course) recommend the short drive to our bed and breakfast in, just 9 miles from downtown Sante Fe, for ideal accommodations. Take in the art, food, performances, and events during the day, and return to your inn home-away-from-home for a relaxing evening and a great night's rest.  Why not extend your stay and enjoy a great New Mexico vacation?  Either way, you'll be treated like family.  Come discover why people love the Bobcat Inn!

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