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Aimee Landreneau-deTurk is Co-Editor for Miss A in New Orleans. She currently works at Tulane University as a contract specialist, and writes a personal blog, www.gratisNOLA.com, about all things “FREE” in the City. Needless to say, when she’s not at work Aimee is out and about enjoying everything the City has to offer, culinary and cocktail delights, art openings, live music, and of course festivals. Aimee loves festivals, and attends the New Orleans Jazz Fest all seven days. She is also a huge fan of all things Mardi Gras, and wouldn’t think about missing a single parade. Luckily, Aimee’s husband feels the same way, so they were married on the first day of Carnival season in the heart of the French Quarter. The wedding was Mardi Gras themed, of course!

Hogs For The Cause In New Orleans To Benefit Pediatric Brain Cancer Outreach Services

Hogs for the Cause Festival Poster (Photo Credit: Hogs for the Cause)

Hogs for the Cause Festival Poster (Photo Credit: Hogs for the Cause)

Set for March 22-23, 2013, Hogs for the Cause is an annual finger-lickin’ fundraising festival featuring a pork BBQ cook-off and plenty of live music. The purpose is to provide aid and relief of those variable expenses and economic burdens, which families face while their child is being treated for pediatric brain cancer. Currently, Hogs operates as the premier funding source for Pediatric Brain Cancer Outreach Services in the United States and has given grants to over 40 families in need.

The five-year-old annual pork competition is going to be the first event held at New Orleans City Park’s New Festival Grounds. Founders Rene Louapre IV and Becker Hall anticipate around 30,000 attendees and more than 80 teams competing to make the best hog you ever tasted. The teams are comprised of a mix of some of the region’s top chefs, professional BBQ teams, and backyard cooking fanatics. The competition culminates with the award of the Ben Sarrat, Jr. “High on the Hog” Grand Champion Title. The champion is chosen from the winners of the whole hog, ribs, pork butt/shoulder, and porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. There are also awards for best sauce, fundraising champion, and the patron’s pick for fan favorite. Patrons may sample food from every team for nominal donations. And to top it off  fest lovers will enjoy two stages of music including, Anders Osborne, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Rebirth Brass Band – to name a few.  For a complete schedule of the music, check out their event calendar here.

BBQ Cook-Off Participants (Photo Credit: Hogs for the Cause)

BBQ Cook-Off Participants (Photo Credit: Hogs for the Cause)

“With a lot of people’s help, we stumbled onto a great idea,” says Louapre, “The first successful event welcomed 250 people, last year we had 12,000 people join us to help raise money for the fight against pediatric brain cancer. In 2013, we are moving to a larger locale so even more people can join the fight.”

This year the fest also welcomes two new events:

· A Southern Asado DinnerFriday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. at City Park’s festival grounds. The entire dinner will be cooked on an open fire in the tradition of an Argentinean Asado.  The meal is coordinated by Chefs Stephen Stryjewski and Ryan Prewitt of the Link Restaurant Group.  The event includes music, cocktails, and a silent auction.

· The Friday Night Tailgate ExperienceFriday, March 22, 4:30 to 11 p.m. on the festival grounds. Allows admission to the main yard, where you can mingle with pit masters and teams while you try the delectable items and drinks for purchase.

Friday, March 22, 2013
Southern Asado Dinner – 6:30 p.m.
Friday Night Tailgate Experience – 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hogs for the Cause 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds
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Southern Asado Dinner: $300
Please click here to purchase ticket.

Friday Night Tailgate Experience: $5.00 at the gate

Hogs for the Cause:
General Admission: $15.00 in advance, $20 at the gate
Boss Hog VIP Tickets: $250 in advance, $300 at the gate
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