Pig Island NYC is back for its 12th year and returning to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens on Staten Island for the second year in a row. More than 20 chefs will come together for this pork-laden festival 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! 

They will be honoring the 20th anniversary of both 9/11 and their community partner Friends of Firefighters which provides free mental health and wellness services to New York firefighters and their families. There will be a raffle benefiting their 20th anniversary campaign as well as the inaugural Friends of Firefighters’ People’s Choice Award. The all-star lineup of visiting chefs and superstar teams are joining us to honor this 20 year milestone. 

Highlights of the all-inclusive picnic event include a VIP Pitmaster’s breakfast headlined by Tank Jackson of Charleston’s Holy City Hogs, Rob Nelson of High South Hospitality Group and chef and firefighter Nathan Richard. 

This year there the group had two super teams cooking heritage breed hogs from amazing farmers. 

Blair Machado of Black Barn Farms in Bethel ME leads the Gentle Giant Brewing Company comprised of brewery owner Matt Worgul, Jake Wood of Lawrence Barbecue in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tyler Tranium of Autumn Olive Farms in Shenandoah Valley, VA, Dana Reed of Reed Boyz BBQ in New Jersey and Al Lakomskis of Sucker Brook Farm in Seneca Falls, NY. 

Pitmaster Matthew Deaton of Fredericksburg, VA will lead a team including Lamara Davis of Los Angeles, CA, Jametta Raspberry of House of Gristle in Minneapolis, MN and Lynn Wells of Thyme Well Spent in Greensboro,NC.

They’ve got over twenty exciting chefs cooking heritage breed and local hogs all competing for best whole hog and best bite at Pig Island. The event will also feature vegetables grown on-site at the Snug Harbor Heritage Farm. 

All-inclusive VIP and early bird priced tickets are on sale now.