We're very excited to bring back an in-person festival this year for our 3rd New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival.  The first day of the festival will be on Saturday Sept 4th from 10am-6pm celebrating prickly pears for cooks, chefs, and eaters with cooking demonstrations, a prickly pear recipe competition, our vendor market, and live music. We are also happy to be expanding our programming to include a second day of workshops and talks for farmers, ranchers, and gardeners on how and why to incorporate prickly pears into their systems on Sunday Sept 5th from 10am-2pm.

September 4th, 2021

10:00 - 10:30 AM


Our festival and vendor market opens, with vendors selling all kinds of prickly pear food, beverages, arts, and crafts. For a full list of vendors visit our vendor page

10:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Prickly Pear Preserving & Processing

Tina Archuleta creator of the plant based food company Itality will demonstrate multiple ways to process and preserve prickly pears including drying and powdering

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Three Sisters Kitchen Prickly Pear Beverage Demo

Three Sisters Kitchen local food shop manager Michael Sedillo and Joe Romero show us how to make a sweet and refreshing prickly pear milk tea with chewy prickly pear jelly cubes.

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Prickly Pear Recipe Competition: Sweet & Savory 

Selected from the best of recipe submissions received, home chefs will battle it out for the best sweet & savory prickly pear recipes! Finishing off with savory recipes our panel of judges will decide who will take home a cash prize and be declared the winner

1:00 - 2:00 PM
  Lunch Time Cooking Demonstration
Pop-in for our lunchtime cooking demonstrations by  Chef Marie Yniguez of Slow Roasted Bocadillos  learning how to make a sweet and tangy prickly pear BBQ sauce

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Dinner Time Cooking Demonstration
Join us for our final cooking demonstrations of the day with  Chef Lois Ellen Frank, making a wonderful simple summer snack of roast peach with prickly pear glaze and pine nuts and Chef Walter Whitewater cooking up nopales fajitas and nopales shell tacos. 
3:30 - 6 :00 PM
Welcoming to the Prickly Pear Stage:
We have an awesome line up of local artists to grace our prickly pear festival stage including 
Jordon Wax (of Lone Pinon)
Bill Palmer and Stephanie Hatfield (of Bill Palmer's TV Killers)

September 5th, 2021

Starting at Sanchez Farm Open Space

1180 Arenal Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

then moving to the Gutierrez Hubbell House 

6029 Isleta Blvd SW


10:00 - 11:00 AM

Prickly Pear Harvest Field Trip

To start off our farmers, ranchers, and gardeners day we'll be doing a prickly pear harvesting demonstration at Sanchez Farm Open Space.


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cactus: The Future for Semiarid Regions

After harvesting some prickly pear fruit we'll head over to the Gutierrez Hubbell House for the rest of our programming. 

Starting with Professor Jose Dubeux discussing drylands at a global level and how cactus can fit into that environment, with a focus on fodder production and different production systems and cactus utilization. Also highlighting the experiences from other countries and how to expand cactus production systems in US. 

 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Starting a Food Busines with Prickly Pear Twist 

Dr. Nancy Flores, food technology specialist at NMSU, talks about the things you need to know when starting or growing a food business, with an emphasis on incorporating prickly pear products into your food business.

1:00 - 2:00 PM 

Prickly Pear meets Healthy Soil!

Isabelle Jenniches, organizer of the Healthy Soil Working Group, talks how Prickly Pear –able to thrive in "poor soils"– challenges our assumptions of what a healthy soil might be, discussing the importance of context, crucial interactions between plants and soil microbial life. She'll also talk about how to apply the soil health principles for greater ecosystem health. She'll be joined by Katie Goetz and Dean Bruce from the NMDA about how to apply for the Healthy Soil Program grants.