“Tastes Of The Enchanted Valley” An Enchanting Success

by Staff Reporter / Oct 19, 2017 / comments
A large crowd attended DATE’s “Tastes of the Enchanted Valley,” Sat. Oct. 14th, at the Plaza de Española. It was, by all accounts, one of the best in recent years. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

“Tastes Of The Enchanted Valley” An Enchanting Success

By ROBERT NARANJO

The “Tastes of the Enchanted Valley,” held Sat. night, Oct. 14, at the Plaza de Española, was well attended with over 225 people according to Eric Quintana, President of the Downtown Action Team of Española (DATE). According to Quintana, there were 20 vendors ranging from restaurants, a bakery, wineries, etc. Attendees sampled food and beverages to their hearts content while live music entertained the crowd.

The Tastes of the Enchanted Valley was sponsored by DATE, the City of Española, and the Española Valley Chamber of Commerce. DATE and the City of Española are the sponsors of the biggest electric light parade in the state. Thousands line the streets of Española to see one of the more popular Christmas events in the Española Valley.

Vendors and restaurants from around the Valley came together to feed the event attendees. Valley Daily Post photo

Among the attendees at the Tastes event was State Senator Richard Martinez and Eric Serna, former Chair of the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and his wife, Barbara, who owns Alicia’s Fine Jewelers in Española, Española Mayor, Alice Lucero, City Manager, Mark Trujillo, City Clerk, Anna Squires, City Councilors, Robert Seeds, Pedro Valdez, Manny Martinez, and Española School Board member, Gilbert Serrano

​Mayor Alice Lucero and her family enjoy the food and entertainment at this year's Taste of the Enchanted Valley. Valley Daily Post photo

Proceeds from the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley help put on the immensely popular, Española Electric Light Parade. The Española Electric Light Parade celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016. Christine Bustos, longtime organizer of the Parade, told the City Council (in 2016) that the first Parade featured a few floats and went “once around the Plaza.”

This year’s parade theme is a “Chili Line Christmas” and is sponsored by DATE and the City of Española. The 21st Annual Electric Light Parade will be held December 9, 2017 at 6 p.m.

​Downtown Action Team of Española, (DATE), pose for a group photo at an enchantingly successful  “Tastes of the Enchanted Valley, Saturday night, Oct. 14. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

See below for more images from the event. 

Lovin’ Oven’s owner, Dino Martinez, former Española Valley Chamber of Commerce’s “Person of the Year” was a vendor at the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley Saturday night. He and his wife’s  baked goods at the Lovin’ Oven are very popular in Española. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.
Downtown Action Team of Española (DATE) President, Eric Quintana, is shown here speaking to an attendee of the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley which was well attended and a success. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

 

 State Senator Richard Martinez attended the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley Saturday night. He is shown here with Joan Medina, of Lolo’s Low Riding of Chimayo, and a friend wearing a “Gas Monkey Garage” jacket and a Chevrolet cap. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

 

​Olga Atencio from El Paragua Restaurant was one of popular choices at the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley Saturday night. She is shown here serving a tostada to an attendee.


​The Espanola Valley Chamber of Commerce was a cosponsor of the event. Here, Annitte Lujan (President) and Trish Padilla (Executive Director) sell raffle tickets to attendees. Valley Daily Post image


​John Ramon Vigil, attended the Taste of the Enchanted Valley with his mom, Mrs. Salazar.


Councilor Robert Seeds and his wife attended the Tastes of the Enchanted Valley Saturday night and enjoyed themselves at the successful event. Photo by Robert Naranjo for the valleydailypost.com

​Inside this event tent the successful Tastes of the Enchanted Valley was held. There were 20 vendors serving food and beverages and well over 250 people in attendance.