There our two main parts to our modified and virtual Prickly Pear Festival. First, our virtual program progresses throughout the day with all live streams and webinars available through our Eventbrite page. Second, our Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru market will be open from 10am-6pm where you can pick up your pre-order from our amazing vendors! See our Attend/Drive-Thru Market tab for more info.

September 12th, 2020

10:00 - 11:00 AM

The Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru market begins for pick up orders. Join us virtually for our prickly pear fruit processing webinar. Apprehensive about harvesting prickly pear fruit?   Unsure how to get the thorns off?  Then this presentation is for you! 

Peggy Sue Sorensen of The Desert Kitchen will demonstrate how to safely harvest the fruit and remove the thorns as well as how to juice, peel or dry the fruit. 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Prickly Pear Delights: Pickles, Coldbrew & Tea Refesher

Cindy Davies, NMSU County Cooperative Program Director, will demonstrate how to make prickly pear, jicama pickles

Three Sisters Kitchen's Lead Barista Alex and Cafe Manager Michael demonstrate how to make cold brew with Slow Burn coffee and prickly pear sweeetened milk & prickly pear tea refresher with Old Barrel Tea Co. prickly pear tea and homemade lemonade

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Kids Cook! Pinkalicious Prickly Pear Recipes for Kids
Attend our virtual interactive cooking demo by Kids Cook!
learning how to make easy recipes with prickly pears

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Lunch Time Cooking Demonstration
Pop-in for our lunchtime livestream cooking demonstration by Chef Lois Ellen Frank and Chef Walter Whitewater of Red Mesa Cuisine 

2:00 - 3:00 PM
The Medicinal Prickly Pear
Did you know that the prickly pear cactus has significant health benefits?  Join Peggy Sue Sorensen of The Desert Kitchen to discover many of the nutritional benefits of the prickly pear fruit, pads and flowers.  We'll also take a look at how prickly pear has been used to treat some common health maladies 
3:00 - 4:00 PM
Dinner Time Cooking Demonstration
Join us virtually for our final cooking demonstrations of the day with by Chef Lois Ellen Frank and Chef Walter Whitewater of Red Mesa Cuisine
4:00 - 5:00 PM
Prickly Pear Cocktail Demonstrations
Finish the day off right with a prickly pear cocktail and join us virtually for a prickly pear mixology lesson with Jessica O'Brien, Creative Director of Cocktails at Sister Bar 
Also stop through for our last pick up orders of the day at the Drive-Thru market

Last pick up is at 5:30.

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Live Music and Festival Close-out
Come join our livestream and listen to our awesome lineup of local musicians including Liz Howdy and Lara Manzanares and her band.