Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
By : John Fremer
Balloon Fiesta - Every year thousands of people go to New Mexico to take in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The 2016 Fiesta lasts from October 1 to October 9. Each of the 9 days has morning events and 6 days have evening events. If you attend the fiesta make sure to keep an eye on the weather forecast as the schedule can change slightly if there is inclement weather.
The first day starts out with the Mass Ascension where all of the participating balloons launch into the air. This event is truly not to be missed as there are few other places where you can see that many hot air balloons all at the same time. If you miss the first day don’t worry there are more opportunities. For the 2016 fiesta there are Mass Ascensions on days 2, 8 and 9. Plus there is the “Flight of the Nations” Mass Ascension on day 5.
Beyond this the fiesta offers events like laser light shows which are spectacular, also there are balloon races and even chainsaw carving competitions.
General Admission tickets to the fiesta are only 10 dollars per session and you can even get a 5-dollar discount for groups of 5 people. Children whom are 12 years of age and younger get into the fiesta for free. They have several other ticketing options and details can be found on their website (www.balloonfiesta.com).
There is a fee of 15 dollars per car for parking. If you are driving to the location the fiesta takes place at Balloon Fiesta Park. The GPS address is 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you don’t have a car the fiesta offers a Park & Ride ticket which can accommodation your needs. If your session is canceled due to rain make sure to hold on to your ticket so you can get in at a later session. Lastly, it is important to note that there is no smoking in the park at any time due to safety reasons.
They also have a music festival where stars such as Chris Young and others will play. There is a fee for the concert and you can purchase tickets on their website.
Vacationers should make sure to book their hotels as early as possible because the local area will fill to capacity because of the large number of people. You can search multiple travel websites with just a few clicks through TravelingWarrior.com by clicking this link (Search For Great Hotel Prices).
If you would like to learn more about hot air balloons, vacations can go to the Balloon Discovery Center. There attendees can learn about how balloons fly and a history of the sport.
Overall, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® is an event that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is an event that the whole family will thoroughly enjoy and the memories will last a lifetime.
NYC Wine and Food Festival
By : Joseph Esola
NYC Wine & Food Festival - October brings us one of the best festivals for foodies in the entire United States: The New York City Wine & Food Festival. This spectacular extravaganza kicks off Thursday October 13th and is filled with events of all types through the end of the weekend on Sunday. One of the best parts about the whole event is 100% of net profits goes to the No Kid Hungry® campaign and Food Bank for New York City to help fight hunger. Let’s now go over some of the big highlights of the festival. Chicken Coupe hosted by Whoppi Goldberg
Foodies can start off on Thursday evening attending the Chicken Coupe hosted by actor Whoppi Goldberg and Chef Andrew Carmellini. Just imagine tasting fried chicken and champagne at an event hosted by amazing celebrities? We can’t think of a much better way to start off your weekend.
Party into the night on Friday at the Rock N’ Roll Sushi karaoke event. This starts off at 11pm and lasts till 2am at Union Fare which is at Union Square. Grab yourself a California roll or any number of unique sushi options and a drink before stepping up to the mic to test your vocal skills.
Wake up Saturday morning and head to Agern at Grand Central Terminal to start your day by attending a Nordic Breakfast. Chef Claus Meyer will create some amazing Nordic spins on porridge, eggs and so much more.
After your breakfast head to a cooking class called A Guide to the World of Spices with Chef Lior Lev Sercarz. Here you will learn how to blend your spices for the perfect seasoning on dishes. Enjoy hands on cooking where you can try out your new ideas for spice mixtures.
Finish off your Saturday at the Midnight in Paris Dessert Tasting in the Prince George Ballroom hosted by Chef Dominique Ansel. Here foodies will sample some amazing French pastries.
The final day of the NYC Wine & Food Festival has lots to offer. Foodies can start off their day with a Cake Decorating Master Class hosted by Chef Sylvia Weinstock. Another great selection is the cooking class with Chef Lee Chizmar where you can learn about making breakfast with ingredients you could find at a farmers’ market.
The afternoon is filled with so many choices that we just can’t make up our minds which is best. You can take part in a grand tasting at a culinary demonstration, or attend Game Day Eats where you can sample some amazing football party snacks. There is a wine seminar on sparkling wines as well as tortilla making class. Then in late afternoon Sunday come two of our favorite classes which are Fondue Making as well as Ice Cream Sandwich Making.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the rooftop events of the festival where attendees can enjoy some excellent food, an amazing view at Pier 92 and celebrity hosts. Check out Barilla’s Italian Table on Thursday hosted by Chef Giada De Laurentiis. Foodies can go and party at the Blue Moon Burger Bash on Friday hosted by Rachael Ray. Don’t miss the Backyard BBQ on Sunday hosted by Bobby Flay and Michael Symon.
You can start your food adventure by going to the festival’s website to purchase tickets to events. It can be found at this link: (Buy Tickets to Events). Don’t forget there are more events than listed here in this article so make sure to read about them all. When you click on any event it will tell you the exact location, attire, cost of ticket and a short description of what is all involved.
TravelingWarrior.com knows you will love all the events you attend at this festival. Don’t delay on booking your tickets as some events are already sold out. Lastly, you can search for hotel reservations for your stay by following this link to our comparison engine (Search for Great Prices on Hotels).