FUZE SW Food + Folklore Festival is back

Author’s note: FUZE SW Food + Folklore Festival won’t be held in 2015. We hope they come back in 2016. It’s a great loss for the Santa Fe food scene.

Last year a new food event, FUZE SW Food + Folklore Festival debuted in Santa Fe. We were privileged to be there. The two-day event brought together chefs, cookbook and food authors, culinary anthropologists and archeologists and food experts for a two day festival of food. This year the conference takes place at the International Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill Friday, September 12th through Sunday, September 14th. The topic for this year’s event is Native American foodways and how they have helped create a unique New Mexico cuisine.


Nicole Cueris Ammerman, John Rivera Sedlar and Susan Curtis, photo Steve Collins

Nicole Curtis Ammerman and Susan Curtis flank Chef John Rivera Sedlar at FUZE 2013 opening reception photo/Steve Collins

The weekend offers a combination of speakers and panel discussions featuring Santa Fe food celebrities including cookbook authors Deborah Madison and Cheryl Alters Jamison along with local chefs such as John Sedlar, Andrew Cooper and Juan Boshinski. They’re joined by food commentators such as Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco Nation and the nationally syndicated column, ¡Ask a Mexican!, food historians, anthropologists, farmers, food writers and more. Lois Ellen Frank, chef, photographer (she did the photos for Mark Miller’s iconic chile posters) author and Native food historian (she holds a PhD) will present the opening keynote address Native American Food Traditions and Identity. The weekend will be packed with amazing information on New Mexico food.

Eat and schmooze

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown photo/Steve Collins

One of the entries in the 2013 Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown photo/Steve Collins

No food event is complete without, well, food. There are a lot of eats on offer throughout the weekend. In addition to meals – most included with festival admission — there are also be interesting food tastings scheduled on both Friday and Saturday.

Friday begins with coffee from Ohori’s (they’ll also be there on Saturday morning) and breakfast from Dulce Bakery. Friday’s lunch, The Real Deal: A Grandmothers’ Spread, focuses on the foods that local Native American and Hispanic peoples were traditionally served at home.

Friday night, the action moves over to the Santa Fe Railyard for the Second Annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown being held at the Farmers Market starting at 6pm. (Ticketing for this event is separate.) We were there last year and had a blast! Following this, there’s a “dine-around.” (Click here for a list of restaurants participating in this.)

Street Food Instirute food trucks will be at FUXE 2014, photo/Dave Sellers, courtesy Street Food Institute

Street Food Instirute food trucks will be at FUXE 2014, photo/Dave Sellers, courtesy Street Food Institute

On Saturday, breakfast is courtesy of Café Fina. Saturday lunch will present food trucks from Albuquerque’s Street Food Institute. Local foodies will remember their Program Director, former Santa Fean David Sellers. He was the chef/owner of the now departed Amavi. The menu, according to Sellers is “high end Taco Bar,” and will offer a variety of these taste treats including Korean BBQ beef short ribs and smoked pork belly tacos. He chose this menu as “just before lunch that day I am sitting on a panel discussing the evolution of the taco”. He thought it would be appropriate. We agree! The day ends with a Frito Pie and brew tasting. The Frito Pies wiil be supplied by the Five & Dime, believed by many to have created this iconic dish. Beer is courtesy of the New Mexico Brewers Guild. This will be followed by a buffalo feast dinner prepared by the Museum Hill Café.

Milner Plaza, Museum Hill, photo Steve Collins

The FUZE SW MarketPlace will take place on Milner Plaza, Museum Hill, photo/Steve Collins

FUZE.SW MarketPlace

On Sunday, the FUZE.SW MarketPlace on Museum Hill is free and open to the public. Vendors set up on Milner Plaza, will be offering tastes, as well selling, a variety of New Mexico–grown, produced, and prepared foods. In addition, there will be a host of activities including Native American dance performances, cooking demonstrations, cookbook signings, and a green chile roast. There will also be food trucks set up selling food (in case you are still hungry after all that tasting). The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, one of FUZE’s sponsors, will be holding a free Community Day at the Garden located across Camino Lejo from Milner Plaza .

If you love food and everything about it from history and traditions to tasting it, FUZE SW is a must. Sign up today! If you can’t make it this year, put it on your calendar for next.



No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

CommentLuv badge