Pig Island 2012!

Events / Giveaways / Partnerships

This past weekend, I went to a magical place called Pig Island.   As if in a dream, I was surrounded by chefs doing what they do best – creating culinary delights that tantalized the palate.  But these weren’t just any creations – they were all centered around one of my favorite meats (besides duck) – PIG.  Pulled pork, pork and beans, sliders, and bacon….oh, the bacon.  There were will be no words that I can write that will adequately describe the droolworthy nature of that day – so I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.  Intrigued?  Please, read on…

80 Pigs + 20 Chefs = NoshGirl’s dream come true.

The smoky aroma of pig done well permeated the air –

Samples galore –

Booths upon booths manned by experts on all things porcine –

A pig head or two….

Some good ole’ pork & beans greeted me:

Just take a look at that luscious pork fat – oh yes, it was devoured!

We had pulled pork in fresh made tortillas –

And one of my personal favorites – some may find it polarizing, but I just call it heaven on a fork.  How can you go wrong with such thick-cut bacon – just look at it!

Dipped in chocolate – sweet and salty, my favorite combo.  Bacon + chocolate = taste EXPLOSION (in a good way). Amazingness.

There were sliders galore:

And an oh-so-refreshing pork on a fresh made corn tortilla with a onion and fruit slaw – loved this one!

Not to be outdone, I encountered and subsequently devoured a bratwurst patty with melted swiss, onions pickles and mustard on rye. The mustard did the trick. Deeelish.

Every dish was my favorite until I got this one. My FAVORITE favorite.  Bacon cookie. Oh yes.  I wanted 20 of these. I settled for 2.

Cookie, meet Blondie. Blondie, cookie.  Bacon blondie was also amazing.  Could have gone for 20 of these as well. Sadly, again, settled for 2.

Back to the savories – in the case pork adorned with a sweet maple banana sauce and plantain:

More pork fat – OH YES.  This time accompanied with a rich pate and pickled vegetables.

But wait, did you say there would be pork at this event?  Mmmmmm….

Thick-cut bacon, cheese, cracklins….. so many things RIGHT with this dish:

This soft, white, pillowy bread reminded me of Peking Duck buns – what would make that better? Ah yes, the addition of pig.


The guys at Dinosaur BBQ did their thing:

Which resulted in a pulled pork slider with sweet & sour slaw for me! Yessssss….


A little wave and shaka from Terry French, and I wrapped up what was a thoroughly delicious and gut-busting event.




Stuffing yourself silly might not be the first go-to thought on a sweltering summer day, but if it is, let me know – I think we’ll be good pals. 😉

Which one of the above dishes would you most like to try?

Previous Story
Next Story

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Yummy! I’d love to try all the sweet things – choco covered bacon, blondie, cookie…

  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Goodness, everything looks amazing. I would love to have that bacon cookie right now!

  • Reply
    September 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Looks like such an amazing day! I would love to try any of the pork and starch combos (tacos, sliders, plaintains!) and definitely the blondie and cookie!

  • Reply
    September 6, 2012 at 12:04 am

    oh my! i remember seeing a few of these photos on your instagram and wondering what kind of awesome place you were at. now looking at all of these photos, i need bacon!!

  • Reply
    September 10, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Anything served with cracklins sounds just about perfect. Also, anything with the descriptor “Thick-cut”. Ah, pork . . .

  • Reply
    Big Apple Nosh: NYC Food Blog | New York | Food | Restaurants | Recipes | Reviews | Fun Fact Friday
    October 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

    […] One of the many pork dishes I devoured at Pig Island […]

  • Reply
    Big Apple Nosh: NYC Food Blog | New York | Food | Restaurants | Recipes | Reviews | Fun Fact Friday
    May 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

    […] delicious morsel from the Pig Island 2012 event I attended last […]

  • Reply
    Big Apple Nosh: NYC Food Blog | New York | Food | Restaurants | Recipes | Reviews | Upcoming Event: Pig Island 2013! Saturday, September 7th
    September 4, 2013 at 10:59 am

    […] PIG ISLAND 2012, which was absolutely amazing (check out my porcine–and-picture-packed recap here).  This year’s event promises to be even better, if you can believe it, with 25 NYC chefs, […]

  • Reply
    Big Apple Nosh: NYC Food Blog | New York | Food | Restaurants | Recipes | Reviews | Re-cap: Pig Island 2013!
    September 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

    […] with last year’s Pig Island event, I enthusiastically looked forward to this event with high hopes and left thoroughly […]

  • Leave a Reply