Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!


Oh, I remember last year when we washed ashore in Red Hook, Brooklyn, then went whole hog and feasted on some tasty porky eats and brewtastic libations! Well, looks like we will raise the sails and wash the poop deck again as we are headed back to Pig Island on Saturday Sept 12 to pig out on all things hog, and wash it down with cold beer, wine, cider, and some whiskey too! Now that’s the way to spend a NYC weekend afternoon at the end of summer. Who said the summer is over? Not when we have these kinds of festivals going on.

Oh, that’s right, did I say there will now be whiskey featured at this swinetacular event? Yes siree Bob! What better way to wash down some pig than with a fine liquor to soothe the palate. An artisan whiskey tent on hand is expected to include local and regional spirits from High West, NY Distilling and Van Brunt Stillhouse, among others. Reverend Nat’s Cider, and Sixpoint craft beer will be among the other libations. Get in mah bellah!

My mouth is already watering just thinking about it! Drool. Hopefully the weather gods will grace us with a decent day out, but rain or shine make no mistake and arrive hungry and ready to eat!

A few highlights from 2014!

Now in its sixth year, Pig Island—taking place at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Waterfront (next to IKEA – damn those are some tasty meatballs ) on Saturday, September 12th, from 11:30AM-4:00PM—has quickly grown into one of the most anticipated NYC summer foodie events. Pig Island features more than 20 of the region’s best (and award-winning) chefs, creating the freshest and funkiest dishes with hogs sourced locally from Flying Pigs Farm (the annual Union Square Pig Pick-up is Wednesday, September 9th). This year they welcome a special featured guest chef: Kurt Michael Friese, the founding leader of Slow Food Iowa and Slow Food USA board member, whose Iowa City restaurant Devotay is a community leader in sustainable cuisine and supporting farmers and food artisans in Iowa. Keeping it local, Chef Friese will team with Fleisher’s Craft Butchery to create crazy good pork dishes at this year’s event. Other new chefs and returning favorites (currently scheduled to attend and subject to change) – check out this culinary lineup of pig masters! Holy Porky Pig, Batman!

  • Butcher Shop Hudson and Charles
  • East Village Favorite Northern Spy
  • Sotto 13 – Chef Ed Cotton
  • In Vino – James Kelly
  • Blujeen (Harlem) – Chef Lance Knowling
  • Le Rivage – Chef Paul Denamiel
  • Michael Jenkins (Butter) returns for the sixth year
  • Pitmaster Robbie Richter, the original pitmaster for Hill Country BBQ and Fatty ‘Cue Brooklyn
  • Egg Restaurant’s Evan Hanczor and George Weld will serve up a Braised Bacon End Sandwich with Salsa Verde and Egg Hot Sauce
  • Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue – Matt Fisher is cooking up his famed pulled pork
  • Martin Høedholt of Revolving Dansk/Copenhagen Street Dogs
  • Ovelia – Peter Giannakas
  • Pitmaster Sam Barbieri of Waterfront Alehouse/Fuggedaboutit BBQ
  • Ends Meat – Chef John Ratliff
  • Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest
  • Arrogant Swine – Chef Tyson Ho will be serving up Whole Hog Loatian-Style with Ginger-Grapefruit Foam
  • Route 66 Smokehouse – Pitmaster Bill Kooper
  • Danny Mena and Evan Smith of Hecho en Dumbo
  • King Phojanakong from Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43 will serve whole roasted Filipino-style “Lechon” pig
  • Roni-Sue’s Chocolates will cook up Nasty Bits: Bacon/Chile Pretzels
  • Chef Jesse Jones (Chef Jesse Concepts)
  • Neuman’s Kitchen
  • Plus, vegetarian options from Bittergreen and NYC Hot Sauce Company
  • Plus more, TBA!
Wonderful setting on the water. So many things to try! My fellow blogger in crime Kristy and I pigged out!

For the second year, NY State has declared Pig Island a “Taste NY Event” due to Pig Island’s commitment to support NY State farmers by purchasing heritage hogs at market prices with proceeds from the event going directly to support NY farmers and their communities. Always a good cause to give back, and its great karma!

All Inclusive Food & Drink Tickets! This year they will be selling fewer tickets and offering special VIP packages to a select few that includes a tented area, six (6) VIP tickets and private wine service –

Tickets – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pig-island-2015-tickets-14757946415

Children Under 12 Are Free ( no booze for the kiddies! )
September 12th, 2015
11:30 am – 4:00 pm
Erie Basin Park Waterfront, Red Hook, Brooklyn NYC (across from IKEA)

Look – it’s a bacon seed!

Important links –

Pig Island – http://www.pigisland.com/

Jimmy’s No. 43 – http://jimmysno43.com/

Food Karma Projects – http://foodkarmaprojects.com/

NY Water Taxi – http://www.nywatertaxi.com/

12 thoughts on “Take a trip back to Pig Island for a porktastic time in NYC!”

  1. Good lord, all that porky goodness sounds delicious. Except for the weird looking cucumber-adorned hot dogs… 😉

    “Bacon seed” – I’m laughing out loud for real over here.

    1. Hey Chrissy!

      Pretty much everything I shoved in my mouth here last year was delish! Even the pork bites with veggies on top. Plus, beer!

      Love these foodie festivals. Such a great time. Oh, and bacon seeds. I need to hunt for more!

  2. Hi Phil, I remember this event from last year, looks fantastic, and a great time to be had! I shall be slurping mushroom soup at the Mushroom Festival, in Kennett Square PA the mushroom capital of the world. Have fun!!!

  3. Wow Phil, this looks like a top place to “pig out” at! Lots of pork scratchings and nobody will be trotting towards the exit in a hurray.

    Did I read about another of your trips to a great place in Brooklyn with a pork theme last year?

    Either way this looks like a great venture, have fun tomorrow!

  4. I was jealous of all the fun and food at this event when you described it last year and I’m jealous once again this year. Enjoy!

    1. Hey Karen!

      I hate to tease you with this but it was even better this year. More food, less lines, great drinks, and better weather. I did enjoy!

  5. It’s pretty big milestone to make this vegan’s mouth water at the sight of pork. Job well done, Phil. haha Now, I’m craving a pulled pork slider and I can’t get Mathair to stop laughing at me for being so flaky with my diet.

    1. Hey Inion N Mathair!

      Vegan? I don’t even speak that word. Nothing like some pulled pork or crispy bacon. Oh, and that fake soy bacon stuff and veggie burgers just don’t cut it!

      Only vegan stuff at this event was the grass on the park lawn.

  6. Now this would have been one hell of a way to celebrate my birthday. Alas, I was somewhere else. I hope you had a lot of pig and led the pork revolution!

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