In only three short years, the annual Hogs For The Cause has grown from a leisurely afternoon pig-roast-cum-charity event to not just a fundraising powerhouse and massive BBQ Competition, but also a noteworthy addition to Festival Season: Local Edition. What started as the quaint brain-child of local dining impresarios Rene Louarpe and Becker Hall – minds responsible for, among many other New Orleans culinary achievements, quintessential foodie blog Blackened Out as well as short-lived but immensely loved pop-up burger experiment MVB – has expanded its scope and footprint every year, but the 2011 edition truly brought Hogs For The Cause into a new class of happening. The event relocated from its modest digs at The Fly to a huge swath of City Park, and 7,000 people showed up for a monster pork-off set to a live soundtrack that included Anders Osborne, The Honey Island Swamp Band, and a stop from the extended-farewell-touring Radiators.
This year’s Hogs For The Cause will move on up once again, as it takes over the Frisbee Golf Fields and brings another full day of music, anchored this time by hometown hero (and now international sensation) Trombone Shorty and his Orleans Avenue. He will cap off a lineup that includes local roots trio Mississippi Rail Co., Grammy-nominated blueswoman Marcia Ball, Austin’s long-running kings of funky-tonk The Gourds, The Stooges Brass Band and the Tab Benoit-led southeastern-Louisiana supergroup Voice Of The Wetlands All-Stars. 60 teams of amateurs and professionals will be offering their best pork creations as organizers attempt to break the $100,000 fundraising mark set last year.
The 2012 Hogs For The Cause Cookoff will take place at City Park on March 24, 2012. Gates open at 10:30AM and the show starts at 11:00AM. General admission tickets and a variety of delicious-sounding VIP packages are available online now.