Pig Island 2019

The annual pork festival, now in its 10th year, will include a tribute to Josh Ozersky.

Join Food Karma Projects on September 7, 2019 for Pig Island NYC. More than 20 chefs will come together for this pork-laden festival on the Red Hook, Brooklyn Waterfront and compete for the most delicious porcine dishes. There will also be craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and other food offerings – all included with a general admissions ticket! This year marks the 10th Annual Pig Island NYC and we are proud to honor our founding mission by supporting small, sustainable farms with the best practices!

This year marks the 10th Annual Pig Island NYC and we are proud to honor our founding mission by supporting small, sustainable farms with the best practices!

Pig Island NYC 2019 Chef Lineup

We Are Excited To Welcome A New Group of Chef Competitors! Since  Big Apple BBQ isn’t around this summer, Pig Island will be picking up the slack to provide a new home to these chefs!

Tank Jackson, Holy City Hogs, South Carolina Tank will be brinGing with his own heritage breed hog and unique Charleston flavor to NYC this year, seeking to dominate in the category of Best Whole Hog and Best Degustation!Carl Ruiz and Mario Chape, La Cubana, New YorkPhil Wingo,  PorkMafia

The Pig Island NYC Returning Champions These former winners will be sure to bring their A-game to compete against a larger BBQ scene!

Rodrigo Duarte, Caseiro e Bom, New Jersey Rodrigo is the only pig farmer in America certified to raise pure ibérico pigs and he is the defender of the Best Whole Hog Award. His pigs are fed a special diet of vegetables, acorns, and chestnuts to give their meat a rich, nutty flavor.Roxanne Spruance, The Butcher, The History Channel, New YorkJason Fox, Hudson and Charles, New YorkChef Jesse Jones, “POW! My Life in 40 Feasts” 

That’s Not All! This festival will feature over 20 chefs!

Danny Mena of La Loncheria, New York will be competing in addition to promoting his newest cookbook, Made in Mexico: The Cookbook: Classic And Contemporary Recipes From Mexico City

Flying Pigs Farm in Washington Country, NY will have a chef station featuring a special guest!

Jean Paul Bourgeois, former executive chef and pitmaster at Blue Smoke will be doing a special skillet demo over open fire.

Plus These NYC Barbecue Favorites! Many of these chefs have collected trophies and honorable mentions this year at Brisket King NYC and Rib King NYC!

Humberto Guallpa, Freemans Restaurant, New York

Matthew Worgul, Gentle Giant Barbecue, New York

Cenobio Canalizo and Eric Springer, Morgan’s BBQ, New York

Jeff Lutonsky and Meghan Love, Mable’s Smokehouse, New York

Corey Cash, Cash Only BBQ, New York

Billy Kooper, Route 66 Smokehouse, New York

Jase Franklin, Jase BBQ, New York

Thomas Perone, The Pig Guy, New York

Community Partner Pig Island is proud to partner up with Friends of Firefighters to support the FDNY!

FDNY Firefighters will be competing on behalf of Friends of Firefighters, a New York-based non-profit providing counseling and wellness services to FDNY Firefighters and their families.

Other Featured Food

Nueske’s Bacon and Sausage, Wisconsin

Jon Bratton’s Smoked Chili Peppers

Grilled Vegetables, Just Add Beer Sauce

Cabot Cheese

Rocket Fuel Hot Sauce

Featured Farm

Flying Pigs Farm, Washington County NY


Craft Beer, Featuring Sixpoint Brewery, Singha Beer and Others

Hard Cider, Featuring Eden, Austin East, Koppaberg Cider, and  Others

Spirits, Featuring Knob Creek Bourbon, NY Distilling, Empire Ryes, ESP Gins, Olde New York Farm Distillery, Breukelen Distilling and Others

A Special Mezcal Zone with Mezcal De Leyenda and Several Other Brands of Authentic Mezcals from Oaxaca, Mexico

There will also be wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and plenty of water!

Celebrity Judges

Jean-Paul Bourgeois Jean-Paul is the former executive chef and pitmaster at Blue Smoke. He has made it his personal mission to represent and revive the cuisine of his Louisianan kin and that of all southerners. He strives to honor and celebrate the traditions of southern cooking and cultures that came before us through sustainable food ways and new world techniques.

Nick Solares Nick is a food writer, photographer, TV presenter, and an expert and thought leader on meat eating. He has over a decade of experience in the food space, with over a thousand published articles and many hours of video content online. Nick currently hosts Meat Life.

Gennaro Pecchia Gennaro has served on the Executive Board for the American Institute for Wine and Food, can be heard on SiriusXM radio as a co-host to Roland Campos on Roland’s Food Court in New York City, and he is is the co-creator of Men Who Dine online food magazine.

Jill Rittymanee Jill is a freelance food photographer who has worked with over 660 restaurants. Her work can be seen in Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan, PureWow, New York Post, and more! Her main clients include Uber Eats and GrubHub. She will eat nearly everything and especially loves pork.

Adam Poch Adam travels the country as a Bacon Spokesman & Food Judge. In 2012 Adam proposed to his girlfriend at Pig Island & they had a bacon themed wedding in April of 2013. Adam has also officiated Bacon Themed Weddings at Bacon Festivals around the USA. This is Adam’s 7th year as a judge for Pig Island.

Dara Pollack Dara is the founder of The Skinny Pig, a top New York food blog born in 2008, covering “the Three R’s”: restaurants, recipes, and rants. Dara started the Instagram account @skinnypignyc  in 2014, attracting the masses with her sarcastic, witty humor, love of bacon, and unapologetic honesty in tackling topics like depression and PTSD.

Ethan Fedida Ethan is the co-founder of Campfire Group – a digital consultancy focused on the intersection of social impact and storytelling.  But Ethan’s true love is all things food. From small dinners to massive dinner parties, Thanksgivings, Friendsgivings and his annual crawfish boil, you can always expect to find Ethan in a kitchen or at a grill somewhere, preparing a meal for friends or family. At the top of his food pyramid, is heat. Ethan LOVES everything spicy – the hotter the better and he is an annual judge at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo as well as the Porktacular Pig Island Food Fest.

William ‘Brimstone” Kucmierowski Brimstone has participated in numerous entertainment fields boasting a list of titles including professional wrestler, host on The Grindhouse Radio, and co-founder of Hound Comics Inc., in addition to actor, author, musician, philanthropist, and food critic.

Steve ‘Zambo’ Zambito Stephen is a professional audio producer, actor, model, singer, voice over actor, radio host and brand influencer more widely known internationally under his stage name, Zambo. He’s best known for his work on iHeartRadio’s pop culture ‘talk radio’ series, The Grindhouse Radio.

Judges Will Award Prizes in the Following Categories: Best Hog, Best Dish, Best Degustation, Best Pork Butt/Shoulder Dish, Best Bacon, Best Sausage and more!

Buy Your Tickets Now! 

Early Bird All-Inclusive Tickets –$65  Food, Drinks & Fun with nothing to buy onsite! Increasing to $75 later this summer.

VIP Private Table, Includes a private tent, table, chairs and all-inclusive tickets for 6 people.  Includes 6 t-shirts and your own cooler of beer, wine, and cider. $1,000. Limited number available.

All sales are final. Rain or shine.

Children under 12 free with ticketed parent


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