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FARMINGTON — With 16 breweries, five barbecue trailers and four bands on hand, Saturday's third annual Brews Meats Bands Festival at Lions Wilderness Park and Amphitheater has all the elements of a great time, says co-founder Don Vaughan.

"Food, music, beer — it's a blast," he said.

The event's recipe for success is really no more complicated than that, said Vaughan, who started the festival with Jake Foust of Distil. Vaughan said Foust envisioned starting a brewing-related event in his parking lot but learned the city was interested in having some type of major event take place at Lions Wilderness Park. Vaughan and Foust partnered up for the BMB Festival to fill that void, and they appear to have struck paydirt.

"It's been a huge hit right from the start," said Vaughan of Majestic Media.

Attendance at the first year's event was 700 people and swelled to 1,000 last year. Vaughan is hoping for a crowd of 1,200 people this year.

Baby back pork ribs cooked on site are one of the main attractions at the festival, and Vaughan said a friendly competition has emerged between the organizations that are taking part.

"They're all smoked, and some of them use a dry rub," he said. "We've got all different styles. And there will be other food available."

Breweries from all over the country will be represented at the event. The list includes the Three Rivers Brewery, the Alaskan Brewing Company, Rogue Ales, the Left Hand Brewing Company, the Boulder Beer Company, the Santa Fe Brewing Company, the New Belgium Brewing Company, Ska Brewing, the Boston Beer Company, the Full Sail Brewing Co., the Kona Brewing Company, the Pedernales Brewing Company, the Odell Brewing Company, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, the Lagunitas Brewing Company, Widmer Brothers Brewing and the Stone Brewing Company. Vaughan said the Pedernales Brewing Company, which produces Lobo Texas Lager, is new to the event this year, and many top IPAs will be featured.

The musical lineup includes Secondhand Strings, the Ben Gibson Band, Bacon and Hello Dollface.

The admission price for the event entitles patrons to six ribs and six beer tastes. Vaughan said patrons are free to return to the event even if they have left, so long as they still have their wrist band on.

While parking close to the park is limited, Vaughan said drivers from the Hi-Country Auto Group will be patrolling the roads around the park and providing rides to the gate. There also will be awnings set up in the amphitheater to provide shade. Vaughan said that not-too-hot, late-summer feel of the festival is one of its best qualities.

"It's just got a super vibe," he said.

Mike Easterling is the A&E editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4610 and measterling@daily-times.com. Follow him@measterlingfdt on Twitter.

IF YOU GO


What: The third annual Brews Meats Bands Festival

When: Noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19

Where: Lions Wilderness Park and Amphitheater, 5800 College Blvd. in Farmington

Tickets: $25 by Friday, Sept. 18 at bmbfestival.com; tickets are $30 at the gate

For more information: Call 505-516-1230
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