Downtown Sudbury will host the second annual Elgin Street Craft Beer Festival this Saturday, from noon until midnight.

The event, put on by the Laughing Buddha and The Towne House, features a variety of craft beers from Ontario and Canada.

Organizer Paul Loewenberg said more vendors will be at the event this year, including Stack Brewing, Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays, Sawdust City as well as out-of-province breweries such as Unibroue and Granville Island.

Grey Street, which runs between the Sudbury Arena and the Towne House Tavern, will be shut down to accommodate craft beer vendors and thirsty patrons. An outdoor patio area will be set up in front of restaurants on Elgin Street as well.

Loewenberg said the festival will also feature live music like it did last year, but that aspect will be scaled back.

“One of the complaints we got last year was that there was too much music,” he said. “So we are spacing the bands out a little bit more.”

He said most major cities in Ontario have beer festivals. The craft beer industry is one that could rival the wine industry, which is prominent in southern Ontario in the Niagara region, he added.

“You can make beer anywhere," Loewenberg said.

Tickets are $20 and include a sampling glass and three sample tickets to try different types of beer. After that, individual samples are $2 each.