Santa Fe’s Edible Art Tour 2016

EAT, (the Edible Art Tour 2016) part of Santa Fe’s annual ARTFeast, is one of our favorite events of the year. Galleries pair with restaurants to offer art and eats. The event, now in its 19th year, was originally held in February along with the other ARTfeast events. It was always great fun, but walking cold, dark winter streets and trying to cover downtown and Canyon Road in one evening was daunting. Last year, ARTsmart, the event promoters, wisely moved it to a June weekend. Even smarter, it’s now held on two nights. The 2016 event takes place on Friday June 10th and Saturday June 11th. Friday evening Canyon Road galleries will welcome EAT attendees and on Saturday downtown galleries open their doors to button holders.

Edible Art Tour 2016 on Canyon Road

Edible Art Tour Whole Hog's whole hog at Zaplin Lambert Gallery on the 2015 Edible Art Tour, photo Steve Collins

Whole Hog’s whole hog at Zaplin Lambert Gallery on the 2015 Edible Art Tour, photo Steve Collins

On Friday evening 24 Canyon Road galleries will welcome button-holders from 5 to 8pm. An official  proclamation designates the two days as “ARTsmart Edible Art Tour Weekend.” Free signed EAT posters will be given away while the supply lasts. Arrive early! Attendees will be able to “gaze and graze” up and down the historic road. Start at the top or bottom or in the middle at Waxlander and hit as many as you can before time or your energy runs out.

EAT Downtown

Attendees enjoy the art at a downtown gallery at the 2015 EAT photo/Steve Collins

Attendees enjoy the art at a downtown gallery at the 2015 EAT photo/Steve Collins

The following evening EAT moves downtown. Event-goers can visit 17 galleries around the downtown area. Streets represented include Johnson Street, Marcy Street, Lincoln Avenue, West Palace Avenue and Old Santa Fe Trail.

Even with the event spread over two nights, you won’t get to all the galleries. Pick a strategy: opt for galleries or food purveyors that you like, a specific section of Canyon Road or Downtown or perhaps just wander randomly. Whatever your approach, there will be great food and art to enjoy.

The nuts and bolts

Edible Art Tour 2016 Plates created by a student in the ARTsmart-funded school program photo/Steve Collins

Plates created by a student in the ARTsmart-funded school program photo/Steve Collins

Tickets (buttons) for the Edible Art Tour 2016, which runs from 5 to 8pm both nights, are $35 a person. They can be purchased on the ARTFeast website, at all participating galleries (complete list is on their website), as well as at the Lensic Performing Arts Center box office.  Funds raised from ARTfeast events support art programs in Santa Fe public schools. See you at EAT!

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