19th Annual BBQ, Brews, & Blues Festival Kicks Off

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Updated: 6/20/2014 6:06 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – The 19th annual BBQ, Brews and Blues kicked off Friday, ushering in the summer season. The event is all in the name.
“Barbecue, brews, and blues! It's all about the three B's!” says Jen Eastwood, publicist for Eldorado Resort Casino. “ It's just all about kicking off summer and having fun”

It’s the first major summer street fair in Reno.

Javier Rocha, a chef at Eldorado Buffet, is heading up just one of the many food vendors. He's proud to serve the Eldorado’s brisket, pulled pork, and whole hog which are smoked for up to 18 hours. Rocha says there's enough to go around.

“We'll be barbequing or smoking about 3,000 pounds of ribs about 1,500 pounds of pulled pork,” he says. “We have tons and tons. We'll never run out!”

The festival draws crowds of up to 40,000 locals and visitors alike. The Chapmans came from Oakland.

"I think the hog looks pretty good. I feel sorry for it. But it looks good! We'll eat some hog!” exclaims Earl Chapman

This year also features more than 50 microbreweries from all over the country.

"If you really want to experience the festival, the best way to do it is to buy a wristband,” says Eastwood. “You can get a one day wrist band for $30 or both days $50 dollars and that basically gives you unlimited tasting for our microbreweries."

Joe Morandi, self-proclaimed draft guy at Wirtz Beverage Nevada, says the festival is a big driving event for the microbrewery movement.

“You see the explosion in town of all the new breweries opening and all the new craft bars,” says Morandi. “Life is too short to drink bad anything.”
There's also a lineup of live rock and blues on two different stages.
The festival wraps up Friday at 8pm. There's second round Saturday from 11 am to 8pm. Admission is free.
For more details on the event, visit: www.eldoradoreno.com

Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, June 20

Third Street Stage
4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Fourth Street Stage
3 p.m. – Jason King Band
5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band
7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21

Third Street Stage
11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band
1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band
3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires
5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage
11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band
1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.
3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends
Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana
Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics
7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

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