A Matanza of Sorts
Most people might hear the word matanza and not know that it can be a cause for celebration. Granted, its literal translation means “killing,” so attending the 14th Annual HCVC Matanza might not sound like the most fun outing. But don't let the name throw you. They don't mean to kill you; they mean to roast some pigs and make some delicious comida. This event is considered to be the largest matanza in the world and is Valencia County's biggest one-day event of the year. So don't miss it. The matanza (happening on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6:30am 'til about 3pm) will have all-you-can-eat, matanza-styled food; there will be some fun competitions, including a red/green chile cook-off and a contest for best biscochitos (which we call pan de polvo where I'm from). And aside from the cooking/good food, there's great music. The lineup for this tasty event includes the Kevin Michael Band, Remedy and New Mexico legend Al Hurricane, along with Al Hurricane Jr. The festivities take place at Eagle Park (305 Eagle Ln.), just north of Belen High School; tickets will run you $10, but children 12 and under get in for a mere buck. So bring the kids for some great food, good tunes and a whole lot more. (Mark Lopez)
Saturday Jan 25, 2014
Belen, NM 87002
Cost:$10, $1 for children 12 and under
Contact:Hispano Chamber of Valencia County
Phone: (505) 702-9468
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All-day family event featuring matanza competitions, music, arts & crafts and all-you-can-eat food.
The Hispano Chamber of Valencia County presents this all-day family event at Eagle Park (just north of Belen High School) in Belen. As always, we'll have our "Kiddie Korral" in place featuring pony rides, games and jumpers.Tickets are $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are FREE.Proceeds benefit the chamber's scholarship program for Valencia County students.