Summer is a time for festive celebrations and with the 2017 summer season fast approaching, there is no better time than the present to start thinking about the months ahead and making vacation plans. Here at Great Beer Now, we have a few trips already in the books and one of them will mark the first time I have visited a certain New Mexico resort town popular during the winter as skiing destination. That place is Angel Fire and the event coming to this beautiful small town is the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup, scheduled for August 24- August 27, 2017.
Mountain Resort Getaway
Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup takes place at the Angel Fire Resort, located at 10 Miller Ln. in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Here is a quick rundown of specific events scheduled for this four day festival:
Thursday, August 24
- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.- The weekend fun begins with a VIP Reception, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday, August 25
- 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.- Begin your day with special guest Meathead Goldwyn, the celebrity chef and author of “The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling.” Meathead will demonstrate the proper technique to prepare meat on a smoker or grill, for the most amazing barbecue experience ever.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.- Now that you’ve seen the demo, it’s time to eat the meat! Chef Meathead Goldwyn will be joined by Chef Harry Soo on the Angel Fire deck for a meal of slow- smoked barbecue featuring Wagyu Beef. You’re invited to share the food and soak up the scenery.
- 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.- Chef Harry Soo continues the culinary education with an early afternoon cooking lesson, demonstrating the proper way to prepare his favorite cuts of Kyzer Farm pork.
- 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.- The focus now shifts to beverages as Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup welcomes nearby distilleries Angel Fire Vodka, Santa Fe Spirits, and Broken Trail Spirits. Guests are welcome to taste the different spirits and learn the methods each of these distilleries uses to produces liquor of distinction.
- 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.- The beverage tasting continues as Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup expands the drinking options to include fine wine and craft beer. There will also a be a silent auction taking place during this time slot, with proceeds benefitting the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center and the Make a Wish Foundation of New Mexico.
- 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.- For the evening, the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup has two private residence dinners planned. One will take place at the Hansel Residence, the other at the Rush Residence. The husband and wife duo of Jen and Evan Doughty, from Santa Fe’s Palace Restaurant, will divide and conquer, with Jen handling the Rush Residence and Evan the Hansel Residence. The meals will feature Wagyu Beef and Kyzer Farm pork, accompanied by compatible side dishes and specially selected wines.
Saturday, August 26:
- 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.- Golf is a popular vacation recreation and Angel Fire Resort welcomes all golfers to challenge themselves to the resort’s own 18- hole golf course. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, teams of four will compete for prestige as they sip on craft beers and take in the scenery. Once again, the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center and Make a Wish Foundation of New Mexico, the beneficiaries of this year’s events, will benefit from this display of driving and putting skill so be ready to showcase your golfing talents.
- 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.- Breakfast is served! Join Texas chefs Roland and Sandra Saul as they prepare breakfast on their own Studebaker Chuck Wagon. To make the morning meal special and add to the atmosphere, the breakfast will be served in Frontier Park, located right next to the Angel Fire Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
- 8:30 a.m.to 1 p.m.- If you’re looking for an alternative adventure, consider the Mushroom Hunt and Lunch Demo. Angel Fire’s own Chef Tom Bowles will guide guests as they explore the mountain countryside in search of mushrooms. Afterward, chef Cheryl Jamison, a New Mexico cookbook author and certified foodie expert, will create a lunch feast for all, with food dishes made using the mushrooms you collected.
- 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.- It’s back to education as Kent Smith and Mike Gilcrease invite you to their Dutch Oven Cooking Demo. Guests will learn the proper way to cook food in a Dutch oven, take care of a Dutch oven, and of course, serve food from a Dutch oven. The two men will serve some of their favorite wild game recipes and everyone is invited to take home a complimentary copy of their Southwest inspired cookbook at the close of class.
- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.- The event you’ve all been waiting for, the Craft Beer Seminar and Lunch will feature some of New Mexico’s finest craft suds, paired with an amazing pub fare lunch. Guests will learn about New Mexico’s rising star as a craft beer destination state as they rub elbows with their craft beer brethren.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.- Next, it’s time for the Roundup Grand Tasting. This afternoon extravaganza will feature food, drink, merchandise, and more as presented by the event’s sponsors, vendors, breweries, wineries, and more. This event will take place beneath tents at the Angel Fire Resort Park with Wagyu Beef green chili sliders, Kyzer Farm Pork ribs, and assorted beer, wines and spirits to tame your appetite and quench your thirst.
- 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.- The evening winds down in an entertaining way! Head to the Angel Fire Country Club for Boots, Boogie, and BBQ and savor the BBQ dishes and sides prepared by Chef Kevin McCaffrey. Once you’ve had your fill, spend the rest of the evening two- stepping to the live tunes under a starlit Angel Fire sky.
Sunday, August 27:
- 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.- The Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup finale is one not to miss. A Bloody Good Bacon Brunch, as it is called, will feature Angel Fire’s own ‘Build it Yourself Bloody Mary Bar’ where you can hand craft your own tomato cocktail, garnished by Chef Kevin McCaffrey himself using Kyzer Farm bacon. There will be other drinks to enjoy as well, perfect to wash down the hearty breakfast served from an open buffet.
New Mexico is Calling You
Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup is the first annual event of its kind. A three day festival with food, beer, wine, and spirits, it is the ultimate celebration of the American Southwest and the foods and beverages that make it special.
Great Beer Now plans to be in attendance at the event and one of the many reasons I am looking forward to my visit is the much- needed break in climate. The average high temperature in Angel Fire during late August is only in the mid 70’s with lows in the 50’s. This will be a cool, refreshing contrast to the hot, humid Gulf Coast weather I am used to- about 20 degrees cooler, to be exact.
Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup includes a multitude of separate events and the nice thing is that each event is ticketed separately. That means you can choose to attend the exact events of your choosing without feeling obligated to partake in every event on the schedule. Tickets can be purchased here and will be available while supplies last.
Angel Fire New Mexico will always be known as a skiing destination but with the Angel Fire Food and Wine Roundup this summer, the small resort town is proving it can be just as entertaining during the warm months of the year as it is during the cold. It’s going to be memorable, so make your reservations, purchase your tickets, and join me in Angel Fire, New Mexico for this end of summer food and drink celebration.