Fill up on food and fun at the 15th annual Pork & Brew in Rio Rancho.
The event, which returns to the Santa Ana Star Center today through Sunday, July 1, will feature the popular Galloping Grace Youth Ranch pig races at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, June 30, and at noon and 2 p.m. Sunday.
“Galloping Grace Youth Ranch is a local organization in Rio Rancho,” said Alex Archuleta, director of marketing for the Santa Ana Star Center. “They do a lot of 4-H stuff. They teach kids how to raise and take care of livestock and that kind of thing. And they do the pig races and a petting zoo with goats and chickens, and people can feed the animals and pet the animals and all that. Others are doing 4-H and livestock and demonstrations. They are in the top parking lot, where they were last year.”
The New Mexico Gunfighters Association will be entertaining guests by putting on Wild West shows at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Foodies can learn how to step up their barbecue skills by attending BBQ 101 with chef Chris Virden from Virdinski’s at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Eventgoers will find their usual favorites at the event but will also notice some changes this year including no longer having to exchange money for BBQ Bucks.
“We just thought it would be easier on the consumer if we did away from that and moving toward our vendors accepting cash and cards so you’re not going to have to purchase BBQ Bucks. Anything you have on you, you can use and you won’t have to try and return tokens or anything like that,” Archuleta said.