Pig Island 2013
● 25 NYC Chefs ● 80 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 ●




Food Karma Projects is happy to announce the fourth annual Pig Island!

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).

If you are coming from Lower Manhattan, there will be free Ferry service – FIRST COME FIRST SERVED – via Ikea Water Taxi from South Street Seaport’s Pier 17. THESE FERRIES ARE ONLY FOR PIG ISLAND TICKET HOLDERS/PRESS/STAFF. You can board at the following times:

Pier 17
Ikea Dock
10:40 AM
11:00 AM

11:00 AM
11:20 AM

11:20 AM
11:40 AM

12:00 PM
12:20 PM

12:20 PM
12:40 PM

12:40 PM
1:00 PM

1:00 PM
1:20 PM
1:20 PM
1:40 PM

Additional ferry service is available from the FREE IKEA boats at Pier 11 (Wall Street). PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU ARE TAKING THE IKEA FERRY THE FIRST STOP IS FAIRWAY; YOU WANT TO GET OFF AT THE SECOND STOP. The ferries will run back from IKEA until 9 p.m. We are recommending that people join us for a Sixpoint afterparty at Hometown BBQ (454 Van Brunt Street between Reed & Beard Streets), in order to stagger return trips back into the city. Plus, it’s more Red Hook love!

Other options include subway or bus service. Visit the IKEA Brooklyn website for more on directions.

Original event info below:

Food Karma Projects is happy to announce the fourth annual Pig Island! Showcasing the best of New York State local farmers, chefs, brewers and vintners all dedicated to bringing home the bacon, Pig Island will be coming to Red Hook, the home of our exclusive beer provider, Sixpoint Craft Ales!

Because the area continues to recover from the damage of Hurricane Sandy, Pig Island is bringing a smokin’ good time to the Red Hook waterfront, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit Value Added Farm. Pig Island pairs NY State hogs with NYC chefs to bring the best of New York State to New York City.

Event features include:

• The best chefs (25+) from all five boroughs going hog wild with locally-, pigs from Flying Pigs Farm, Møsfund Mangalitsa, and Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, among others (the famous “Pig Pickup” will take place on Wednesday, September 4th at Union Square Greenmarket);

• Great local craft beer by Sixpoint, providing exclusive custom beers;

• Wines from the Finger Lakes region of NY State;

• Hard ciders from the Hudson Valley;

• Special cooking demonstrations by Peter Kaminsky (author of Bacon Nation) and Grillworks Station;

• Music all day with live bands, including Sistermonk, JP Bowersock Quintet, NYC City Slickers featuring Annie Chadwick, Strung Out String Band, and 79.5;

• Best-of-show prizes presented courtesy of our sponsor, Wüsthof;

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

• Vegetarian-friendly side stations.

Chefs include: Bob Devine (pitmaster collaborating with Vittorio’s), Will Horowitz (Ducks Eatery), Jacques Gautier (Palo Santo), Peter Giannakas (Ovelia), Danny Mena and Ethan Smith (Hecho en Dumbo), King Phojanakong (Kuma Inn and Umi Nom), George Weld and Evan Hanzcor (Parish Hall), Joe Dobias (JoeDoe), Jimmy Carbone and Dave Miss (Jimmy’s No. 43), Michael Jenkins (Butter), Justin Brunwasser (Friedman’s Lunch, teaming with Jon Bratton of NYC Hot Sauce), Clay Gordon (This Chocolate Life), Tim Cavaretta and Isabelle Leighton (Bittergreen), Doug Keiles (Ribs Within), Jesse Jones, Bill Fletcher (Fletcher’s BBQ), Neuman’s Kitchen: Events & Catering, Jonathan White (Bobolink), Zarela Martinez and Tyson Ho (Arrogant Swine), Michael Clampfer (Møsfund Mangalitsa), Fort Defiance/The Good Fork, with more TBA.

In addition, we are producing an e-book on the history of Pig Island, written by James Beard Award winner Rachel Wharton, with photography by John Taggert. Your early bird ticket entitles you to a digital copy of the book (to be redeemed fall 2013). The venue will be the Ikea waterfront (1 Beard Street, Brooklyn), with easy access via public transit in Brooklyn or ferry from Lower Manhattan.

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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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