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El Camino Trade Fair Goes Virtual


Virtual event features cooking, music and history

The second week of the El Camino Real Trade Fair gets underway Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a cooking demonstration, a kids’ activity that combines archaeology and cookies, and a musical performance. The event is virtual this year and presented by Bernalillo County and community partners.

“The debut last week felt like a cross between a public broadcasting show and an online university class,” says Enrico Gradi, deputy county manager, community services. “And that’s right on target. Also fitting to feature Bernalillo County’s cultural asset, the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, which is located right along El Camino Real.” 

The series of virtual events highlights the historic trade route between Mexico City and San Juan Pueblo from 1598 to 1882. As described by the National Park Service, “this artery of commerce and travel came to be known as El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, which meant ‘royal road’ or ‘king’s highway.’ Blazed atop a network of indigenous footpaths and trade corridors that connected Mexico’s ancient cultures with the equally ancient cultures of the American Southwest, this highway was the oldest of the great highways heading north. Extended by segments throughout the 16th century, it was at one time the longest road in North America.”[1]

El Camino Real Trade Fair is happening Friday evenings and Saturday mornings through May 1, 2021, on the El Camino Real Trade Fair Facebook page. Event videos are premiered at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. on Saturdays. This week’s activities are listed below. The full schedule is here

Friday, April 16 @ 6:30 p.m.

Camino Cooking: Three Sisters Meal – Corn, Beans and Squash (Demonstration)

Tiana Baca, Three Sisters Kitchen

What is Archaeology? A Cookie Excavation for Kids! (Animation w/activity)

Leslie Bergloff, New Mexico Historic Sites

Music & Stories Along the Camino Real (Music/Story)

Storytellers: Rosalia de Aragon Pacheco and Estevan Pacheco, Casa San Ysidro

Saturday, April 17 @ 9 a.m.

Josefa Baca: Life and Legacy (Lecture)