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Posted on: May 28, 2019

16th Annual Pork & Brew

Pork & Brew presented by Santa Ana Star Casino will return to the Santa Ana Star Center for the 16th year, July 5th – July 7th. New Mexico’s ORIGINAL Food Festival will bring together the best BBQ vendors from around the region! This three-day event featuring BBQ, local craft beer, live music and family activities will be the event of the summer! Pork & Brew has been named event of the year by the N.M. Hospitality Association.

“Pork and Brew, Rio Rancho’s signature event, is returning to the Santa Ana Star Center for its 16th year,” said Mayor Gregg Hull. “We expect another great turnout for this year’s event, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome back plenty of award winning BBQ. This is New Mexico’s original food festival and it continues to be a success for our community year after year.”

This year’s 16th Annual Pork & Brew, organized by Visit Rio Rancho and hosted by the Santa Ana Star Center, will feature an indoor/outdoor format, ensuring the thousands of expected attendees can enjoy all the festival has to offer rain or shine. This year’s event will again feature some of New Mexico's favorite breweries with the likes of Tractor Brewing Company, Cazuela's Brewery, and returning this year, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company. Over twenty different microbrews will be on tap throughout the event. For the beer enthusiasts, there will be an expanded seating area with live, local music throughout each day. Vendors will be accepting cash and credit cards for payment. Between chomps of fantastic BBQ, you can check out local arts and crafts vendors and burn off some calories by dancing to live music. Kids can get in on the fun with face painting and a few trips through the bouncy houses. There will also be kid’s watermelon and adult pie eating contests daily! Come see why Pork & Brew was named the 2017 'Event of the Year' by the New Mexico Hospitality Association!

Times for the 16th Annual Pork & Brew are as follows: Friday, July 5th 2pm-8pm, Saturday, July 6th 11am-7pm, and Sunday, July 7th 11am-5pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Santa Ana Star Center box office. Tickets are $6 for adults while kid’s tickets (4-12) and seniors (65+) can be purchased for $4, children 3 and under get in FREE! For updates on the event visit: or the Santa Ana Star Center & Visit Rio Rancho Facebook pages.

Sponsorship/Vendor Show

Support the community and promote your business.  Sponsoring Pork & Brew provides a tremendous amount of exposure for your business to the Rio Rancho and Albuquerque communities.  Our sponsors are a vital part of every Pork & Brew Festival and your support is truly appreciated.  Sponsorship packages range from Title Sponsor to Vendor Booths in the expanded Indoor Vendor Show and everything in between.  Each sponsorship is customizable to fit your business and strategies and to maximize exposure to the thousands of attendees we entertain every year.  For sponsorship information, contact Mary Brown-Montanez or 505-891-7338.

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