ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new event called the New Mexico True Fest will take place on the fairgrounds Labor Day Weekend. It will showcase authentic New Mexico products, food and entertainment.
“The New Mexico True Fest is going to be a celebration of all the things that make New Mexico unique and different and special,” said Rebecca Latham, cabinet secretary for state tourism.
At the center of the fest are participants enrolled in the New Mexico True Certified program.
Their products fall into one or more of three categories. They may be 100 percent made in New Mexico, such as wine, lotion or salsa. They may be 100 percent born and raised in New Mexico, like dairy or meat products. The third category is 100 percent grown in New Mexico, such as fruits and vegetables.
“Anything that helps local business, I’m all for. It’s all about local products. Local food, local beer, local everything,” said David Pickett, an Albuquerque resident.
The event also highlights how tourism is an economic engine in the Land of Enchantment.
“Tourism is a $6.1 billion industry in New Mexico that employs one in 12 New Mexicans,” said Latham.
Marsha Lauer, a former Albuquerque resident, said, “Number one is the Hatch chile. One of a kind in the whole world.”
New Mexico True Fest will take place Labor Day weekend, September 3-4, at Expo New Mexico.