I wrote something about this year’s Hogs for the Cause in advance of the event and then somehow failed to post it. I’m still not entirely sure how that happened, but I’m chalking it up to general incompetence. It was a pretty slick time, kids. I got to judge the porkpourri category, and although the site was pretty moist, it was well-attended. I saw a lot of friends both inside the judging tent and around the grounds. My wife and I had a good time, but more important, Hogs raised a lot of money for pediatric cancer research. Here’s a press release I received the other day:
April 4, 2012 – New Orleans, LA –New Orleans went hog wild at the 4th Annual Hogs for the Cause pork cook-off, music festival and fundraiser on Saturday, March 24th raising a net amount of $320,000 and luring over 12,000 people to City Park for a day of pork, live music, beer and basking in the sun. Festival-goers had a chance to sample pork dishes from 58 teams competing in the Ben Sarrat Jr. High on the Hog Pork Cook-Off. Funds raised will go to support children with pediatric brain cancer.
“We consider this year’s Hogs a huge success, raising over three times as much money as we did last year and almost doubling the attendance,” says Hogs for the Cause co-founder and Chairman of the Board Becker Hall. “What started as a small get together at the Fly four years ago has turned into one of New Orleans premier events and we’re really proud of that accomplishment.”
This year’s cook-off teams were comprised of restaurants, amateurs BBQ competitors, and pork enthusiasts from Louisiana, Mississippi, Illinois, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee, competing in up to nine categories, including ribs, pork shoulder, whole hog, “porkpourri,” fundraising and fan favorite. The team that took home all the bacon as the 2012 Grand Champion was Team Company Burger Gets More Cowbell, which was comprised of Adam Biderman of The Company Burger and Brack May of Cowbell. Local restaurants Fat Hen Grocery and Squeal came in second and third respectively.
“There was some serious competition out there this year and we had to step up our game,” says The Company Burger owner Adam Biderman and winner of 2011’s “porkpourri” category. “We’re thrilled at the win and look forward to coming back next year.”
This year’s musical line-up included Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, Marcia Ball, Stooges Brass Band, The Gourds, Mississippi Rail Company and a special appearance by Dr. John, all on the NOLA Brewing Stage.
“One of the biggest winners of the day was last year’s Grand Champion, Swine Krewe,” says co-founder Rene Louapre. “The team raised an astounding $21,000 for the cause.”
Hogs for the Cause, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, plans on distributing at least 50 grants to children and families in need in the coming year. To date, the organization has distributed nearly $75,000 in grants to families with children battling pediatric brain cancer. The organization offers grants specifically filling the gap on expenses where insurance might not cover and alleviating the financial burdens associated with the disease.
For more information please visit www.hogsforthecause.org.
Just because you missed the event doesn’t mean you can’t still donate now, by the way.