Pig out! Pork lovers dined in droves at Pig Island food fest

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Off with their heads: Jonathan White of New Jersey farm store Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse carved up roasted pig at the Pig Island food festival in Red Hook on Sept. 7.
Order up: Chiara Benni of Neuman’s Restaurant dished out fried pig ears with bacon vinaigrette at the pig-inspired food fest.
Hog heaven: Farideh Sadeghin, left, and Kate Armerust sampled grub and booze from Route 66 Meats and Smokehouse at Pig Island.
Meat freaks: Irene Evangelo and Chris Giannakas of Ovelia sliced and diced rotisserie pork for hungry patrons.
Pigged out: About 2,000 meat lovers filled up on pork, beer, and wine before relaxing on the grass and listening to live music at the Pig Island fest.

Talk about pigging out.

Thousands of pork lovers were in hog heaven at the Pig Island swine fest, which had its Red Hook debut on Saturday. Chefs and pit-masters served up an array pork dishes to hungry crowds all afternoon at the massive pig-out that organizers say went off swimmingly.

“Pig Island was a success!” said festival founder Jimmy Carbone of Food Karma Projects.

For $75, attendees of the swine-centric party got the chance to eat as much pig-inspired grub and drink as much booze as they could keep down, taking reassurance from the fact that the meat was all local. New York and New Jersey pig farmers offered up a total of 80 hogs for the sacrificial feast, which is in its fourth year, having spent the past three on Governors Island.

Carbone said that he moved the finger-licking event to Red Hook to help the neighborhood which is still recovering nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the area. A portion of the proceeds from the massive festival was donated to Red Hook’s Added Value organization, which has a community farm next to Ikea on Beard Street, near where the pork party took place.

More than two dozen chefs, including Bill Fletcher of Gowanus’ Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue, Jacques Gautier of Park Slope’s Palo Santo, and Will Horowitz of Manhattan’s Ducks Eatery, served up porcine grub such as pig ears, pulled pork sliders, grilled meatballs, spicy sausage, and even bacon-covered cinnamon rolls.

Attendees said that the event transformed a grassy field near the waterfront into a greasy piece of paradise.

“The food was amazing,” said pork lover Farideh Sadeghin of Greenpoint. “All of the vendors and chefs were super friendly.”Sadeghin favored a brownie topped with caramelized bacon.“You can’t go wrong with that,” she said.

Reach reporter Natalie Musumeci at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her at
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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