(Rio Rancho, NM) – The 12th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 3rd – 5th. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. For the first time, Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will participate in the event showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.
This year’s 12th Annual Pork & Brew, presented by the Santa Ana Star Casino and hosted by the Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau, will feature an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the 20,000 expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This year’s event will feature more brewery additions with the likes of Kaktus Brewing Company, Cazuela’s Brewery and local favorite Turtle Mountain Brewing Company. This is quite possibly the best way to spend your 4th of July weekend this summer in New Mexico. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts, burn off some calories by dancing to live music and even take the kids for a face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests twice daily.
Times for the 12th Annual Pork & Brew are as follows: Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th 11am – 8pm. Sunday, July 5th 11am – 5pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.santaanastarcenter.com or at the Santa Ana Star Center box office. Tickets are $6 for adults while kids tickets (4-12) and seniors (65+) can be purchased for $4, children 3 and under get in FREE! For updates on the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Visit-Rio-Rancho.
The Pork & Brew has become one of the largest annual events in New Mexico and winners of the BBQ Championship will advance to participate in the Kansas City BBQ Society’s National Championship.