The annual pig-roasting festival Hogs for the Cause (www.hogsforthecause.org) raises money to assist families who have children with pediatric brain cancer. The fundraising begins March 12 at restaurants participating in the Hogs pig roast and barbecuing competition, which takes place March 27-28 at City Park. A portion of proceeds from the night will be added to funds raised at Hogs for the Cause.
Participating Hogs Night Out restaurants include The Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com), Katie's (3701 Iberville St., 504-488-6582; www.katiesmidcity.com), The Sammich (7708 Maple St., 504-866-6222; www.thesammich.com) and Yogurtland (4903 Prytania St., 504-333-6809).
Hogs for the Cause takes place at New Orleans City Park's Festival Grounds. More than 85 teams will slow-cook whole pigs and prepare other dishes. There are awards for best whole hog, ribs, pork shoulder/butt, "Porkpourri," or best creative dish, best sauce and crowd favorite. The musical lineup features Drive By-Truckers, Strand of Oaks and others Friday night and Tab Benoit, The Soul Rebels, George Porter Jr. & Runnin' Pardners, Toubab Krewe and others on Saturday. Single-day admission is $20 and two-day and VIP packages are available.
There's also a Mediterranean street fair-themed gala dinner Thursday, March 26. The food is being organized by chefs from the Link Restaurant Group and includes members of the Fatback Collective. Gala tickets are $200. Visit the Hogs website for information and tickets for all events.