Favorite Things Friday

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

Perhaps your feet are tired from tromping around Albuquerque with trick-or-treating children in tow, but the rewards were oh so sweet (i.e., maybe you got to taste some candy, too). As you come down off the sugar  high, keep an eye out for these recently exorcised events around Albuquerque:

A Norse, of Course

Sure, New Mexico is host to a number of cultures—Native American, Cowboy, and Hispanic, all the same. But what about the Vikings?

There’s more than Thor to this ancient culture, as visitors to the Scandanavian Festival at Immanuel Presbyterian Church will find out on Nov. 2. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and will feature an axe and eyebrow-raising collection of Swedish folk art Cards, ornaments, T-shirts, jewelry, and even head wreaths.

Members of the Scandanavian Club of Albuquerque will wear traditional clothes and serve up helpings of Old World cookies while children can enjoy Scandinavian dancing, a Viking reenactment, and a craft corner for creating Norse-themed knickknacks.

A Pooch Party

If you’re a dog (and for some reason, you can read), you’ll dig the 31st annual Doggie Dash & Dawdle event hosted by Animal Humane New Mexico.

The “pawty” starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park, where Albuquerqueans and their canine companions can participate in either a fast-paced 5K “dash” around the park, or a two-mile “dawdle” for those who wish to pant less and play more. When they’re not making laps, dog owners are welcome to peruse the Barketplace, where more than 70 vendors will have mutt-friendly merchandise at the ready.

Don’t have a dog? No problem—just rent out an adoptable companion for the day as part of the event’s Rent-a-Dog service. For a mere $10, attendees can make a homeless dog happy and fully participate in everything the event has to offer, from the Doggie Carnival (bobbing for hotdogs, paw print painting, and other games) to lookalike, best costume, and best trick competitions. And if you love them enough, you can adopt them!

For Bacon’s Sake!

Check out the heavenly, hog-derived creations that will be available for eating at the First Annual Southwest Bacon Fest, “a bacon celebration”consisting of bacon poetry contests, tasty microbrew beers, live music, bacon-related film screenings, and more mini-sized “bacon bites” from 25 vendors than you can shake a sow at.

Think you can sling bacon with the best? Whip up a batch of your own “bacon bites” for the Best Bacon Bite competition. If your meat can’t be beat, you’ll win a place in the World Bacon Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’d rather watch people pig out, get a front row seat for the Bacon Eating Contest to see who can swill down swine and bacon soda the fastest.

You may even learn a few things while you’re there. Attendees can watch a bacon cooking demo from the staff of the Santa Fe Culinary Academy, or they can elevate their art tastes by exploring the vast collection of bacon-based art as part of the Best Bacon Artwork Contest.