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Piggin' Out

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The thought of being stranded on an island doesn't sound too appealing--unless, of course, it's Pig Island. Now, Pig Island isn't so much an island but rather an all-day, all-you-can-eat pork festival on Governor's Island, a small picturesque enclave a short ferry ride from Manhattan. And at day's end, it was less about me being stranded and more that I felt I had to be rolled off the island due to complete meat overdose--check out my pictures and you'll see why!Once a year, chefs from twenty of New York's renowned restaurants set up tents to demonstrate their own unique talents when it comes to preparing this succulent meaty mainstay. Using only locally sourced produce and 60 pigs from 3 nearby farms, this pig-lovers festival featured such creative dishes as slow-c00ked pork in root beer, pulled pork with fruit chutney, pork sausage, Korean pork tacos with kimchi, pork sliders, and even pork paté.

Hungry yet for pork? Try our pork tacos or this hearty ragu to get your own festival started at dinnertime.

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Festival Grounds

1 Festival Grounds

Ribs on the Grill

2 Ribs on the Grill


Korean Pork Taco

4 Korean Pork Taco

Slow-Cooked Pork in Root Beer Marinade

5 Slow-Cooked Pork in Root Beer Marinade


Pork with Cherry Chutney

7 Pork with Cherry Chutney

Breaded Pork Sandwich with Papalos

8 Breaded Pork Sandwich with Papalos

Pork with Stone-Fruit Chutney and Cotija Cheese

9 Pork with Stone-Fruit Chutney and Cotija Cheese


...and Pork Sliders!

11 ...and Pork Sliders!

Pork Sausage

12 Pork Sausage

Homemade Tortillas

13 Homemade Tortillas


14 Cracklings!

Pulled Pork and Pork Pate

15 Pulled Pork and Pork Pate

And the end result of a full day eating...pork!

16 And the end result of a full day eating...pork!

Comments (4)

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    As a German guy, I love pork baked, grilled, stewed,etc. That "Pig Island" would have been "Pig-Heaven" for me that's for sure! Thanks for the delicious pictures and the entertaining article that I enjoyed very much!

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    I live in North Carolina (home of the best BBQ), I just wish we had something like this where I live! I agree with Siegfried, the pictures are delicious! Would you happen to have the recipe for the slow cooked pork in root beer marinade?

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    Reading your descriptions of the pork dishes and those pictures makes me drool uncontrollably. What a great event for the chefs and the attendees alike! I like that they used local farm-raised pigs. Mmmm, pork sliders...gimme!

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    posts like this is one of the main reasons I read this blog.....YUM! I wish I knew about this ahead of time, but there's always next year! your pic's were great...too good actually...I think I need to go eat now....

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