Hogs for The Cause, the five-year-old annual pork competition that raises money for pediatric brain cancer care, is going to be the first event held at City Park's new festival grounds on March 23, 2013. Founders Rene Louapre IV and Becker Hall anticipate about 30,000 attendees, over 80 teams of chefs competing to make the best hog you ever tasted, and a fest-lovers music lineup including Anders Osbourne, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rebirth and more.
Susan Langenhennig reports that "this year marks a sort of turning point for the swine fest" including two new events, a growing loyal fan base, merchandise including a poster and croakies, and oh yeah, a festival ground that actually has decent drainage, as opposed to last year's Woodstock-rivaling mud bath.
This year the fest also welcomes two new events:
· A Southern Asado Dinner? ie. a gala dinner cooked on an open fire? is on Friday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. at City Park's festival grounds. Event includes music, cocktails, a silent auction, and asado's bff Donald Link and chef buddies. Tickets are $300.
· The Friday Night Tailgate Experience is also on March 22, 4:30 to 11 p.m. on the festival grounds. This event is only $5 and allows you to mingle with the pitmasters and teams. Booze and food available for purchase. Plus live music.
Tickets are now available here.
Poster by Ben Hamburger [Photo: Hogs for the Cause/Official Website]