Prickly pear cacti can be overlooked as a bountiful resource in New Mexico.
Will Thomson, organizer of the New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival, aims to change that. This year’s festival features virtual cooking demonstrations, cocktail-making presentations, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 12. A walk-through and a drive-through market also will be part of the event.
“We’ve been really happy that we’ve been able to convert it to a virtual format rather than just cancel it, especially since people are so starved for things right now,” Thomson said. “There’s going to be two main parts. We will still have an in-person market. It will just be a walk-through and drive-through market, so you can go on our website at nmpricklypearfest.com and shop all our 25 plus vendors on our online marketplace and with pre-order and drive through and walk through to pick up your products, or we will have purchasing day, where you will scan a QR code while you’re waiting in line and shop and walk through to pick up your stuff.”