Pig Island returns September 12th






Pig Island 2014

The 2014 Pig Island High on the Hog Awards Announced!

● 25 NYC Chefs Serving Up Locally Sourced Hogs ●
● Craft Beer, NY State Wine, Cider ● Live Music ● FREE PARKING at Ikea ●
● All Inclusive Tickets ● FREE Manhattan Ferry Rides Via NY Water Taxi & Ikea ●

Mike Colameco’s Pig Island Show


This just in: Gothamist previews chef’s dishes!

More chefs have announced the amazing dishes that will be served at this year’s Pig Island, taking place in Red Hook, Brooklyn, on Saturday, September 6th from 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Among the just-announced chefs and dishes are:

  • American BBQ meets French Bistro as Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ and Shane McBride of Balthazar team up for Carribean jerk bao and Cochon au lait bao
  • Classic NYC Chef Katy Sparks (Tavern on the Green) with Adam Shepard
  • Martin Høedholt and Pablo Ventura of Revolving Dansk and Dassara Ramen will cook Danish-Asian crackling pork, topped with red cabbage and sweet Scandinavian pickles on a toasted baguette; and Copenhagen Street Dog, a mini grillpølser with danish remoulade, crispy fried onions, and salty Lakrids
  • Ben Schneider (The Good Fork) and St. John Frizell (Fort Defiance) will team to serve up a pit-roasted whole “Merpig”

Full chef’s list here.

ONE TICKET GETS YOU EVERYTHING! ALL THE FOOD/WINE/BEER/CIDER AND FUN YOU CAN HANDLE! Everyone’s a VIP at Pig Island! The event is BYOBlanket (lots of places to spread out, so bring your picnic blanket, and based on last year? plenty of sunscreen!).

Showcasing the best of New York State local farmers, chefs, brewers and vintners all dedicated to bringing home the bacon, we’ll have local craft beers from Barrier Brewing, Singlecut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing, and Sixpoint Craft Ales, along with wine and ciders.

Last year’s (2013) event was our best ever, with easy access from Manhattan thanks to the NY Water Taxi. We’ll be working again with Flying Pigs Farm (expected Pig Pick-up date: September 3rd in Union Square), and will have more updates on chefs, sponsors and dishes soon.

Once again, features include:

• The best chefs (25+) from all five boroughs going hog wild with locally-raised pigs from Flying Pigs Farm, with other farms TBD;

• Hard ciders from the Hudson Valley;

• Special cooking and butchering demonstrations courtesy of our sponsor, Wüsthof;

• Music all day with live bands, TBD;

• Free entry and ferry service for kids under 12 with paying adult;

• Vegetarian-friendly side stations.

For some great wrap-ups of PIG ISLAND SEPTEMBER 2013 please check out the following:

Local Bozo

The Village Voice – Photo Stream

The Official Pig Island Facebook Page

The Daily Meal

Serious Eats

Our good friend Kathy Blake’s blog, The Experimental Gourmand

Vicki Winters’ awesome summary of her day to Pig Island

This hilarious video


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Perhaps we outdid ourselves this year, because our amazing food judges (Peter Kaminsky, Stan Schutte, Sekita Ekrek, and Rena Unger) never came to a consensus for a favorite dish, preferring instead to bestow creative awards (“Smallest Bite, Longest Wait & Totally Worth It” to Clay Gordon for his Bacon dipped in dark chocolate, bacon fat and beer) on various chefs and restaurants who participated in the third annual Pig Island!

Here are their “best of show” results:

  • Judge’s Favorite—a tie between Dale Talde’s (Pork Slope) Bratwurst Patties with Melted Swiss Cheese, Griddled Onions, Pickles, and Yellow Mustard on Marble Rye and Terry French’s (Møsefund Farm) Moo Ping Thai Pork Skewer;
  • Second Place “By a Tail”—Another tie between Møsefund Farm’s other chef Michael Clampffer with his BBQ Mangalitsa Collar with Grilled Peaches, Pickled Cabbage and Carolina Sauce and Edi and the Wolf’s Eduard Frauneder & Wolfgang Ban with their Grilled Pork Belly with Arugula, Peach, and Rye Bread-Mustard Vinaigrette;   
  • Best Dessert—Went to The Darby/Butter’s Blondie with Nutella, Bacon and Pretzel;
  • Best Pork Slider—To Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and Fort Reno;
  • Special Judges Awards—To Hecho en Dumbo’s Danny Mena with his Tacos al Pastor, Slow Grilled Chile Marinated Pork Served with Caramelized Pineapple on Handmade Corn Tortillas (voted “Can’t Eat Just One”) and The Darby’s Michael Jenkins with a Whole Pig Weiner with Roasted Tomato Ketchup and Spicy Cucumber Relish (voted “Best in Show”);
  • Honorable Mentions—To Jimmy’s No. 43 (Bacon Potato Salad), Jonathan White of Bobolink (Whey-Fed Pig, Rubbed with Grains of Paradise and Other Medieval Brewer’s Grains, Roasted in a Caja China, Served with Triticale Salad with Garden Vegetables), Kuma Inn/Umi Nom’s King Phojanakong (Love’s Noodles with Roast Pork), Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono (Pork Canary Islands, Smoked Maple Banana Sauce, Fried Plantains, Sweet PX Sherry Lime Vinaigrette), Dinosaur BBQ’s John Stage (Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Slaw), Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen (Spicy Korean Roasted Pork Buns with Plum Sauce, Pickled Peaches and Cucumber), Blind Tiger (Pulled Pork), Josh Bowen of John Brown Smokehouse (Pulled Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Slaw), and Ribs Within (Tequila and Bacon Cube).

Thank you to all the chefs for their amazing dishes and to our judges for their efforts. Congratulations to all the Pig Island 2012 winners!

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Event features included:

  •     25 of the best chefs in the 5 boroughs going (ahem) hog wild with local pigs.
  •     Butchering and cooking demos brought to you by Wüsthof.
  •     Great local craft beer by Sixpoint providing custom brews.  
  •     The best of New York State Wine from the North Fork and the Finger Lakes.
  •     Limited boutique cider offerings from Farnum Hill.
  •     Veggie Pavilion brought to you by Cathy Erway.
  •     Music all day with live bands.

This year’s chefs included:

Dale Talde, Talde & Pork SlopeAnthony Sasso, Casa Mono
John Stage, Dinosaur BBQ
Danny Mena, Hecho en Dumbo
George Weld & Evan Hanczor, Egg & Parish HallKing Phojanakong, Kuma Inn & Umi Nom
Joe Dobias, JoeDoe & JoeDoughJacques Gautier, Palo Santo & Fort Reno
Ian Kapitan, AlobarPeter Giannakas, Ovelia Psistaria Bar
Michael Clampffer, Møsefund FarmTerry French, Møsefund Farm
Michael Ferraro, DelicatessenEduard Frauneder & Wolfgang Ban, Edi and the Wolf
Jonathan White, Bobolink Dairy & BakehouseSam Barbieri, Waterfront Ale House & Fuhgeddabout It BBQ
Jimmy Carbone, Jimmy’s No. 43, East Village Meat Market,
My Friend's Mustard, Violet Hill Farm
Michael Jenkins, The Darby & Butter
Doug Keiles, Ribs WithinJosh Bowen, John Brown Smokehouse
Shaunna Sargent, Betto & Raven & BoarTommy Harder, Blind Tiger

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New York City will celebrate September with the 2011 food event everyone’s been waiting for: Pig Island II! Picking up where we left off in 2010, Pig Island II is an all-local event, featuring farmers, chefs, brewers and vintners, bringing the best of New York State to New York City.

Pig Island II will source 80 hogs from NY farmers, prepared by 20 top NYC chefs including Heather Carlucci-Rodriguez (PRINT.), Mary Cleaver (Cleaver & Co.), Jacques Gautier (Palo Santo) and King Phojankong (Kuma Inn and Umi Nom). This farm/food collaboration will be complemented by specialty craft beer and NY wine, cooking demonstrations, and opportunities to see the best of New York in action. Pig Island II will take place on September 10th, from 11:30am – 5pm, on Governors Island’s historic Colonel’s Row.

Special features:
PBS Channel 13 food show host Michael Colameco who will serve as Honorary Co-Chair and film a special episode about Pig Island.


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