Hard apple cider consumption is exploding across the country as the most popular alcoholic beverage of choice according to Wine and Craft Beverage News, and Santa Fe area enthusiasts are drinking it all in.
Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino plans to celebrate this growing trend by hosting the first ever Local Beer & Cider Festival on 11 May.
“We’ve got a number of exceptional craft cideries in the Santa Fe area,” according to Lisa Hoch, Corporate Marketing Manager for Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. “Our upcoming event will showcase many of them doing what they do best.”
The Local Beer & Cider Festival is a full day of live entertainment, food vendors, craft cideries and breweries, jewelry, local crafts, t-shirts, prizes and more.
But it’s not all eat, drink and be merry on May 11, said Hoch. The event itself is a fundraiser for the Food Depot, and a portion of the proceeds will go toward their mission of ending hunger across the state.
“The continued support of Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino over the years has been truly amazing,” said Jill Dixon, director of development for The Food Depot. “Buffalo Thunder’s efforts to be true advocates in ending hunger in northern New Mexico is greatly appreciated.”
These residents turn to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and senior centers for their daily meals, according to Dixon. The Food Depot works with more than 145 nonprofit partner agencies to distribute food in communities like Española, Taos and Raton — and many more across nine counties in northern New Mexico. In 2018, The Food Depot distributed 6.2 million pounds of food — enough for 5.1 million meals.
Participating event sponsors include Angry Orchard, Bloody Maria & Neuvo, Corona Premier, Firestone, Four Peaks, Sam Adams, Santa Fe Brewing and more.
The 2019 Local Beer & Cider Festival takes place in the Pueblo Ballroom starting at noon. Event tickets are on sale now for $25 or $30 on the day of event. This is an adults-only event and all attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Valid photo IDs are mandatory and will be checked at the door, according to event organizers. No exceptions.