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Fiesta time in Santa Fe: Zozobra, Fiesta, Wine and Chile Events

Fiesta Royalty - Santa Fe
Elizabeth R. Rose

The chile is being roasted on the street corners, everyone is looking forward to cooler weather and there are some amazing events coming up in Santa Fe. Santa Fe invites you to celebrate the richness of its history and the bounty of its present by partaking in ¡Viva Santa Fe! A month-long celebration highlighting the best of Santa Fe’s history, culture and distinct local flavor, ¡Viva Santa Fe! features live music, art, traditional ceremonies, parades, and one-of-a-kind Santa Fe cuisine, with a range of events perfect for kids (or the kids in all of us), families, or those looking for a romantic getaway. ¡Viva Santa Fe! Events include:

The Burning of Zozobra: Aug. 29

Kick off your Santa Fe stay without a worry in the world. Attend the 90th annual Burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot, 2000-pound marionette, stuffed with divorce decrees, bankruptcy filings, tax receipts, or any other paper manifestations of stress. Amid the explosion of fireworks and ceremonial dances, watch as Zozobra—and your worries—go up in smoke. Can’t make it to the actual burning? Log on to The Burning of Virtual Zozobra and virtually vanquish your gloom with our Virtual Zozobra. This mobile-friendly Zozobra allows users to type in their worries and watch as Zozobra burns along with them online. A paper version of all worries submitted online will be stuffed into the actual Zozobra. Last year’s virtual Zozobra received more than 4,000 digital worries, reaching 23 countries and 47 states.

Fiesta de Santa Fe: Sept. 5-7

Known as one of the oldest continuous celebrations in the country, the 302nd Fiesta de Santa Fe will take place September 5-7 and commemorate the negotiation of the city’s peaceful resettlement in 1692 by Don Diego de Vargas. The proclamation establishing the first Fiesta de Santa Fe was signed in 1712, detailing a mass, vespers, and a sermon to honor the Madonna, known as “La Conquistadora,” to whom de Vargas attributed his victory. This religious influence is still seen in the ceremonies of modern fiestas, along with additional festivities to celebrate the vibrant culture and rich colonial history of Santa Fe. These include Spanish dancing, mariachi music, pageantry and parades, as well as the opportunity to sample authentic local cuisine and regional wines from the many restaurants and food vendors lining the Plaza. More information is available at www.santafefiesta.org.

Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown: Sept. 12

The Second Annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown is about finding the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe, and it’s up to the public to decide which sixteen restaurants will be in the final Smackdown. Fans can vote for the city’s best green chile cheeseburger by visiting www.santafe.org/funfoodevent, which will remain open through August 15. The six burger joints that receive the most votes on the website - plus a lucky number seven - advance to the final cook-off on Friday, Sept. 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion. At the final cook-off, the seven finalists fire up their grills and present their best burgers to a panel of food critics from across the county and the perhaps their toughest critics—the public. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by visiting http://tickets.ticketssantafe.org/. Proceeds from the event benefit the Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute. More information is available at www.santafe.org.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta: Sept. 24 - 28

Little-known fact: The first wines in the United States were grown in New Mexico. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta celebrates that legacy with five days of events featuring 90 national wineries and 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. The annual event also features cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The fiesta culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all participating restaurants and wineries serve samples of their best food and wine. Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta tickets can be purchased by visiting www.santafewineandchile.org.

Please visit www.santafe.org and http://santafe.org/Viva_Santa_Fe/index.html for additional details.

Information courtesy Santa Fe CVB