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A Taste of the Farm Life

ABQ BioPark's annual Cider Festival to offer fresh-pressed cider, fun activities.

10/11/17 - This weekend the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden is bringing visitors a taste of the old-fashioned farm life right here in Albuquerque. 

The ABQ BioPark celebrates its annual Cider Festival from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm.
 
"This is an immersive event that will let visitors get a taste of the farm life, including our delicious apple cider," said Catherine Hubbard, ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden manager. "The event has grown beyond our wildest expectations and is fun for the entire family, who can watch the cider being made."
 
Attendees can purchase and observe the making of fresh-pressed, preservative-free apple cider. Fresh frozen grape juice from the farm, chrysanthemums grown by BioPark staff and apple cider vinegar will also be for sale. A chile roaster will also be on hand and a farm lunch will be available for purchase.
 
The event will also help visitors get a taste of the past with a variety of activities including old-fashioned crafts, wagon rides, cooking demonstrations, quilting, and opportunities to meet with farm animals and a beekeeper. Adding to the atmosphere will be cars on display from the 1930s-1940s. There will be musical performances by Ozella and Higher Ground.
 
The event is included with regular admission.
 
After the festival, the Heritage Farm will host its second Harvest Dinner, which will feature a four-course meal and dessert in the apple orchard. The event will also include a bourbon tasting with hors d'oeuvres. Many of the course selections have been grown at the Heritage Farm. A full menu can be found on the ABQ BioPark website.