One slice of bacon? Not here. Not now. — Photo courtesy of Pig Island
There's probably no middle ground when it comes to bacon. Either you fall into the category of "Must have bacon! Gimme!" or "Do you know where that came from?"
We have many articles for the latter group, as the world continues to lean in the direction of veganism and gluten-free-anism. But this article is for those who have never met a piece of bacon they didn't want to consume.
The Pig Island summer food event was created by Jimmy Carbone, a New York restaurateur and dedicated social entrepreneur. (Although "karma" and "pork product" are two terms that don't normally live close together, they do with his Food Karma Projects.)
This festival highlights the events that showcase the best local food, chefs, beer and wine, and it also creates a social impact that benefits worthy nonprofit groups.
It's a lot of meat — Photo courtesy of Pig Island
In addition, for the second year running, Pig Island has been declared as a Taste NY event, due to their commitment to support New York state farmers by purchasing heritage hogs at market prices. Proceeds of the event go to New York farmers and their communities.
Some of the chefs from this year's lineup include Chef Kurt Michael Friese with Fleisher’s Craft Butchery and the founder of Slow Food Iowa. There's also Pitmaster Robbie Richter, the original pitmaster for Hill Country BBQ and Fatty 'Cue.
After cream made way for nonfat milk, it's now refreshingly honest that people like (and need) to eat some fat every once in a while!
Dunk and drool. Then repeat. — Photo courtesy of Pig Island
Whole hogs will be patiently cooked and treated with traditional flavorings as well as unexpected twists. Chef Tyson Ho will be serving up Whole Hog Loatian-style with Ginger Grapefruit Foam. Wash it down with whiskey. No, really.
The new artisan whiskey tent is expected to include local and regional spirits from High West, NY Distilling and Van Brunt Stillhouse. There are other libations, too, if whiskey and hog seem a little too outside your dietary comfort zone.
Try the wines or beers or ciders, or just don a pig snout and celebrate in your own special way. At an event like this one, you won't be alone.
Burn, baby, burn! — Photo courtesy of Pig Island
It wouldn't be an all-inclusive food event without a nod to the vegetarians, and there are food options to be had from Bittergreen and NYC Hot Sauce Company. Likely this won't be the favorite event of your veg friends, but passionate carnivores may find themselves going whole hog. If only once a year.
This year's Pig Island will run on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's not a long event, but it certainly comes highly anticipated.
Look. There are greens to be had at Pig Island, too! — Photo courtesy of Pig Island