Two tons of bacon and what do you get? Hog heaven.

Bringing back the bacon for the second year in a row, the festival’s opening night is celebrating everyone’s first love.

by Mary Staes
March 28, 2019

It’s the start of festival season and up first on the list: Hogs for the Cause.

For 11 years, this fest has let New Orleans pig out for a good cause: The proceeds go to help children who suffer from brain cancer.

Don’t go bacon my heart🥓

Bringing back the bacon for the second year in a row, the festival’s opening night is celebrating everyone’s first love. Ninety barbeque teams, both professional and amateur, are competing to be the top hog.

Dishes include (grab a napkin for your drool 🤤) bacon bbq’ed crab cake; bacon pepper jack mac and cheese tots; Nueske’s bacon pâté with bacon fat crostini and encurtidas to maple bacon glazed donuts; jumbo lump crab and peppered bacon slider with brie cheese; and hog totchos.

Friday night, three stages will feature live music, as well as drinks (and DRANKS, for the adults).

The 3 P’s: Where to pee, park and what to pack

The event takes place at the UNO Lakefront area, so bring some cash for parking. It’s $10 to park at the lots there.

You can bring chairs, blankets, ponchos, and you should probably wear closed-toe shoes because some areas of the fest and parking lots are on loose gravel. You can’t bring cameras with detachable zoom lenses, or your pet dog, bird, and definitely not your pig.

There are also portable potties on site, so packing a little toilet paper and hand sanitizer is always a good idea. If you buy the general admission ticket, you also won’t be allowed to leave in and out of the festival; that’s reserved for those with VIP tickets.

Geaux pig out!

Hogs for the Cause
Gates for Bacon Night at Hogs for the Cause open at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30 per person.

UNO Lakefront Arena
Getting there
6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 8am–4:30pm
Sat-Sun Closed
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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