It's chile harvesting season in New Mexico! And there is nothing like fresh roasted chile, let me tell you! While there are many roasters set up in parking lots & at the farmer's market here in Santa Fe, I had always wanted to go to the Chile Festival in Hatch, NM, so I got the weekend off from work, and off I went. For those of you that are not familiar w/ Hatch... it is considered "The Chile Capitol of the World," and there is something special about Hatch Green Chiles!
Here's a shot driving into the Festival, set just a mile or so out of town. Having never been before, I did not know what to expect. It had the feel of a small town county fair~ rides for the kids, vendors & booths (both local & out of state) selling all sorts of items, & tons of food options.
(I had the green chile relleno burrito & green chile ice cream!)
Booth & vendors~ nothing (except the food!) really caught my eye...
until I found the "chile section..." sampling the red chile salsa, I was sold.
I think more than the festival itself, was just walking around the town of Hatch & seeing chiles hanging from nearly everywhere... and the scent of fresh roasting chile wafting through the air. Not to mention to observe a typically sleepy little town transform into a bustling metropolis of chile lovers!
I did not eat at Sparky's this time around, but I have before, and I will tell you they've got a pretty darn good Green Chile Cheeseburger... as you can probably tell by the line out the door!
... and more chiles!
It was a really fun experience, especially as a photographer & chile lover.
For more information on Hatch & the Chile Festival, click here .
For an interesting & important article about the fate of the New Mexico Green Chile click here. For other chile related data & links, here's a fun website~
Before I wrap it up, I've got to share a couple other places w/ you, should you ever be out this way. :) The first is The Buckhorn Tavern. It's a little gem of a place just off of I-25 in San Antonio, NM. Their Green Chile Cheeseburger beat out Bobby Flay (of the Food Network ) in a "throw down."
Let me tell you, they live up to their reputation! It's gotta be one of the best Green Chile Cheeseburgers around.
Another place I've got to share w/ you that I just happened to find while looking for lodging in Truth or Consequences (what a cool name for a town,) is Blackstone Hot Springs. This place is quaint, hip, cool, relaxing... well just plain wonderful. They only have 7 rooms, most of which go for the rate of a regular hotel room, but their tubs carry healing hot spring water direct from the source!
An awesome place for the weary traveler to relax. My only regret is that I only had one night, so I didn't get the chance to check out the town much. If you get the opportunity, I'd highly recommend this little oasis in the desert~ stay a couple of nights if you can!