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Great local food, live music and more Oct. 12 and 13

Bernalillo County – Enjoy ten local entertainers covering reggae, folk, polka and mariachi themes at this weekend’s Taste of New Mexico.

This year’s entertainment is completely free, covering both days of Taste of New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday Oct. 13 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th Street S.W.

Entertainers include the reggae rock band Reviva, Mariachi Alegria de mi Tierra, the Squash Blossom Boys and Ballet En Fuego, among others.

“We’re pleased to promote great local music as well as the best food and drink in the southwest at Taste of New Mexico 2013,” Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins says.

Now in its third year, Taste of New Mexico is a cultural and culinary experience that celebrates the diverse heritage and special flavors of New Mexico and especially Bernalillo County, as prepared by locally owned restaurants, breweries and wineries.

The event will feature 15 local restaurants, breweries and wineries, covering everything from chilé to cupcakes.

Admission is free and food and drink tickets can be purchased in $10 or $20 booklets.

Taste of New Mexico is the anchor event for this year’s new and improved fall event lineup hosted by Bernalillo County. Visit www.thetasteofnm.com and follow @BernCounty on Twitter and Bernalillo County NM on Facebook for updates.

And for more information about the many county events this September and October, visit www.bernco.gov/2013fallfiestas or www.bernco.gov.

The entertainment schedule is listed below:

Saturday, Oct. 12

12 p.m.: Mariachi Alegria de mi Tierra

1 p.m.: Kumusha Marimba Ensemble

2:15 p.m.: Die Olka Schlingel Polka Band

3:15 p.m.: Baile Illusion

3:45 p.m.: Sina Soul and Rodney Bowe’s Sweet Life

Sunday, Oct. 13

12 p.m.: Trio Los Amigos

1 p.m.: Ernestine Romero and Mal Sangre

2:15 p.m.: Squash Blossom Boys

3:15 p.m.: Ballet En Fuego

3:45 p.m.: Reviva

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About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with 670,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in the city and to the 114,000 residents who live outside the city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county. Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,400 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.