Fiestas reminded me of a summer carnival, or street fair, or festival anywhere in the states...with a New Mexican vibe. Vendor booths line the historic Taos Plaza and many different types of food is sold. You will find all of the "street fair food" favorites. You know, those items that we guiltily devour at these type of events...funnel cakes and roasted corn, hamburgers & hot dogs, ribbon fries & fried vegetables, cotton candy & popcorn. Fiestas add traditional Northern New Mexican foods like green chile, fajitas, Indian tacos, burritos, chile rellenos and the only-in-New Mexico...Frito pies. Many of these dishes have the same name as the more well known Mexican food, but the chiles, beans and spices are different (Check out my blog Red or Green? for additional information)
There is tons of music at Fiestas...a different band every hour...and many of the musicians play for free as a way of supporting the cause. Fiestas is one of the most important events to the locals here in Taos, especially to the Spanish and Hispanic culture. I heard a woman describe it as "as important as Thanksgiving and Christmas". Native Taosenos who have moved away make it a point to come back for Fiestas each year and when you wander through the Plaza during the weekend you can see entire families together listening to the music, eating the food, shopping and celebrating just being together. There is such a sense of tradition...of belonging...of family that I think is the real importance of Fiestas. The theme for this year's Taos Fiestas is "Welcome! Our community is your home". I think this sums up the "feel" of Fiestas.
|this year's REINA ANGELICA RODRIGUES (photo fiestas de taos website)|
July 24th , 2013
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