HOGS FOR THE CAUSE
This past weekend, over 80 teams of chefs, backyard BBQ-ers, and general pork enthusiasts gathered at City Park to take part in Hogs for the Cause. The event drew in nearly 15,000 people and raised over $250,000 for the treatment of pediatric brain cancer. More information on the event and the charity can be found here.
Top: The sign marking the entrance to the event.
Center Left & Right: On Friday night, $5 got you in the gate while the teams started their smokers and put the finishing touches on their booths. These hog heads (left) were proudly displayed at Whole Hog Cafe’s booth (right).
Bottom Left: "Try the pig tail curry! It’ll change your life!" Ok, sure, it was good, but the only life changing event was that I can now say I’ve eaten pig tails. Chewy skin, a thick layer of fat, and a few morsels of stringy, flavorful meat stretched around a knuckle of bone - not my new favorite cut of meat, but worth trying if the opportunity presents itself.
Bottom Middle: In addition to the food, the event’s two stages hosted performances by Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Revivalists, and others. Beer was provided by NOLA Brewing, and a number of vendors sold non-pork centric foods.
Bottom Right: In honor of the still defunct Hubigs, one team sold sweetly glazed fried pies stuffed with a mixture of smoked pork and apples.