Calling all pig lovers!
It’s been announced that the fourth annual Pig Island Festival, which has brought dozens of hogs and thousands of hungry fans to Governor’s Island in recent years, will be moving to the Ikea waterfront in Red Hook, Brooklyn this year, in an effort to help boost a local economy that’s still struggling nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy.
More than 25 chefs from the New York area will be participating in the September 7th event, in which 80 hogs provided by Flying Pigs Farm, Mosfund Mangalitsa, and Bobolink will be served to the hungry masses, along with beer from Sixpoint, Finger Lakes wines, and Hudson Valley hard ciders. Participating chefs include Peter Giannakas (Ovelia), Sam Barbieri (Waterfront Ale House, Fuhgeddabout It BBQ), King Phojanakong (Kuma Inn, Umi Nom), George Weld and Evan Hanzcor (Parish Hall), Joe Dobias (JoeDoe), organizer Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Michael Jenkins (Butter), Justin Brunwasser (Friedman’s Lunch), Fletcher’s BBQ, and more to come.
Additionally, James Beard Award-winning writer Rachel Wharton will be writing a book on the history of Pig Island, and everyone who purchases an early bird ticket (which is now available for about $70 here) will receive a copy. Also, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Red Hook's Added Value Farm. The ticket includes all the food you can eat and all the beverages you can drink during the event, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
So if you like pork, beer, wine, and cider, and want to help out Red Hook, you have no reason not to buy your tickets today.