RENO, NV. - A little wind didn’t stop thousands of people from gathering along Virginia Street in Reno Friday night for the 17th annual BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival. Organizers with the El Dorado say it’s an event that gets bigger and better every year.
“There’s a ton of great food here, our chef has smoked two pigs today and he’ll do two tomorrow, plus we’ve got 4,000 pounds of ribs, carne asada, there are more than 40 microbreweries here as well as great entertainment. It’s just a big party,” Publicist Jen Eastwood said.
They’re expecting up to 10,000 people both days of the event. There are about a dozen acts on two stages.
“There’s not another event where you can het such high-quality, great music for free,” Eastwood said. “It’s basically a big street music festival and people are having fun.”
It was the music lineup that drew Joe Quick’s interest.
“I’m here to see my friends play and see all the other bands and enjoy a lot of great microbrews,” Quick said. “I just love the venue, the bands and the music are great, it’s going to be a good weekend!”
Nevada native Sonia Solis says she looks forward to this event.
“Forty breweries, the seventeenth annual – absolutely!” Solis said. “That’s what I love about this event, this is the only time you can walk around in downtown Reno with a beer in your hand and not get in trouble.”
He friend Jeff Rocco rode his motorcycle from LA just to join in the festivities.
“I didn’t know there would be so many people here,” Rocco said. “The atmosphere is great; everyone’s really positive and laid back. In LA you can’t walk around anywhere with a beer it’s super strict and you feel like everybody judges you. Out here, you can just be yourself so it’s really fun.”
George Campbell took a detour on the way to the festival.
“We took a short cruise into Idaho and looped back down and I couldn’t be happier,” Campbell said. “I love the music, I love blues and we’d be out there dancing but some of us have had too many beers already.”
The festival runs from 11 to 8 on Saturday.