For many in the region, including
"Because we usually come to Holy Cross, where we've just come from, we decided we might as well come and see what's here. So this is our second festival today and if we get bored, we're heading to
The wine fest is also becoming a family tradition for
"It's just for end-of-the-summer fun in
Her brother said he liked the music and Dominguez praised some of their recent finds, including mango mimosas.
St. Clair's red and green chile wines were among unique offerings drawing early crowds.
"I come for the wine, the food and the atmosphere. I love the green grounds. It's like being in a big backyard," said
"We've never been here before, but it's OK so far. It's not too hot and I'm looking forward to trying all the local wines," said
"We've been coming to the festival for about six years. We like the wines and the music and the food," said
This year's entertainment roster includes The Players, The Liars,
There is also an activity area for kids, including bouncy tents, a small train and other attractions. A horse-drawn carriage is also available for trots around the fairgrounds.
Fun-lovers of all ages (and fans of that classic "I Love Lucy" episode) are invited to compete in hourly wine-stomping contests.
At the food court, you can take a break from wine sampling to dine on everything from nachos and barbecue to pork chops, goat cheese and chocolate-covered strawberries. Vendors offer packaged
Insiders advise that if you have questions for wine merchants, you may find they'll have more time to chat early on Monday, often the least-busy time during the three-day festival.
If you go
What: New Mexico Harvest Wine Festival
Festival Perks: Sample wines from
Hot tunes: The Players, The Liars,
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