Matanza! Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts, Oct. 22

"Matanza has been a part of rural life in New Mexico since Spanish colonists first brought the tradition into the region"

Date October 18, 2011 at 2:00 AM

Author Lynn Cline

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Community Culture Entertainment & Nightlife Food

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Matanza is a longstanding Spanish tradition, a fall pig roast that not only provides food for a feast, but also food that can be stored and used during the coming winter months. The matanza is a strong tradition in Spain, as popular as bull fighting, flamenco and Serrano ham, a product of this process of killing and preparing a pig for consumption.

Matanza has been a part of rural life in New Mexico since Spanish colonists first brought the tradition into the region. Families raised their own pigs and during the winter months, they'd gather at each other's homes for a matanza, a full day of feasting, singing and celebrating.

Today, the matanza remains a tie to New Mexico's past, connecting families to their ancestral traditions. Some families pass down their matanza equipment, including jarrias, huge copper kettles essential to the preparation of meat.

Experience this ancient feast in Santa Fe during Matanza!, a traditional pig roast with side dishes accompanied by a display of lowrider cars, presented by the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts. The event takes place on Museum Hill at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts on Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The pig roast begins at 8 a.m., under the direction of Steven Otero and crew. The feasting begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. The lowriders will be on display in the Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts driveway. All events take place, rain or shine!

For tickets, call 982-2226.

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