Since its inception in 2009 as a one pig show, the annual Hogs for the Cause charity pig cook-off has grown exponentially, pitting more and more teams against each other each year in order to raise money for pediatric cancer research. The details for this year's competition, which will be held March 24, are now live on the event's website and with more teams, more pork and more music, it's looking pretty freaking awesome.
Right now, the website lists 60 different teams competing, which includes plenty of random competitors (including last year's winners, Swine Krewe) as well as some notable restaurants. For example: the food truck Geaux Plates will have a team there, as well as brick-and-mortars like The Company Burger, Squeal BBQ and La Cote Brasserie. The competition's gone regional, too, with the notable presence of the team from Ubon's, a barbecue restaurant up in Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Oh yeah, and there's music, too, because this is now like a real, live festival. The lineup is full of pretty big local acts who will be performing throughout the day, though unlike last year, the booths will be arranged around the stage so that everyone can hear all the music. Headlining the day's music is Grammy-nominated trombonist and band leader Trombone Shorty, who plays at 8PM. Here's the full lineup:
· Mississippi Rail Company
· The Stooges Brass Band
· Marcia Ball
· The Gourds
· Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars
· Trombone Shorty
The other big change in the event this year is this: when people pre-order tickets, they're asked to enter a competing team's name, which goes towards that team's "Fundraising Piggy Bank." Attendees can also donate to different teams' piggy banks at the event and whichever team gets the most donations will be crowned Fundraising Champion. That's in addition to the big title of Grand Champion, of course. Tickets are now for sale online for $10 apiece.