Stow those post-Thanksgiving stretchy pants and prepare to break out your party ones instead, because we’ve been waiting 365 days to say this: It’s that time again for our annual Albuquerque The Magazine Best of the City Party!
We don’t like to toot our own horns (that often, anyway), but we know how to host a bash to remember. While there are plenty of other exciting events happening in the Duke City this weekend, we can’t help but promote our glorious party first. Here’s what you need to know:
A Celebration of All Things ABQ
For the last 10 years, we’ve asked Albuquerqueans to vote for their favorite people, places, and businesses in the city at our website, abqthemag.com. Once the polls close, we tally up the votes, name the winners, and immortalize them in our annual Best of the City issue.
And this year was the biggest response yet! We received more than 50,000 votes and named winners in more than 275 categories, but we didn’t just stop with the magazine itself. To showcase the winners, we also host the Best of the City bash, which will go down on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center. It’s followed by an after party at Hotel Andaluz, which is free to those sporting a party wristband.
More than 100 exhibits showcasing the finalists will be set up to hand out food and product samples, share info, and offer demonstrations to entertain and captivate guests. Oh, did we mention that there will also be a special cocktail area set aside for a libation-fueled celebration hosted by Jim Beam?
We could go on all day, or you can see it for yourself. For more info, visit our website.
Taking a Shine To It
It’s also that time of year for the annual ABQ BioPark River of Lights, a walk-through holiday production chock full of custom-made light displays in almost any shape you can think of.
This year’s event promises more than 400 displays, some of which move on their own. In addition, there will be a synchronized music and light show to get visitors in the holiday spirit. Speaking of holiday sounds, visitors can also enjoy live musical performances from local performers in the Garden Tent and Rose Garden areas. If you time it right, you can also have Dinner with Santa at the park’s Shark Reef Cafe in the days leading up to Christmas.
The event runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every day until January 3, and tickets are $12 for adults, and $6 for children under 13. The event started as a fundraiser for the park in 1997, but continues to grow and flourish with each successive year.
Talk of the Tapa
Why go through the trouble of washing your dishes when you can eat them instead?
It’s true—there’s a popular movement happening in the world of culinary arts that involves creating edible eating and cooking utensils—and they are delicious. Albuquerqueans can get in on the action, too, with an educational demonstration by two visiting Spanish artists from Bon Aprofit, a pioneer in the world of edible eating utensils.
The interactive demonstration will take place at the Tapas exhibit within the Education Building at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. Attendees will be designing and creating their own eating utensils along with the artists, who will teach attendees how to make four edible dishes.
Why, you ask? Bon Aprofit was created to encourage healthy eating lifestyles by taking a creative approach to utilizing (and eating) fresh fruits and veggies.