Somehow we’re almost upon the weekend when Mill River Park in Stamford will transform into a swine-lovers paradise with the launch of the 2nd Annual Pork in the Park festival. Whether you go on Saturday, Sunday, or even head out both days, there are plenty of things planned to not only whet your whistle, but to also satisfy those BBQ and food cravings. So, let’s dig a little deeper and see all the great things planned for this event. But first, here are the deets: entry is $10, $5 for kids, and free for kids 5 and under. The hours for 7/12 are 11 am – 9 pm and 7/13 from 12-5.
OmNomCT Cooking Demos on Saturday, 7/12
Chef Carlos Baez of The Spread, Norwalk – 1:45
Chef Baez is Executive Chef of award-winning and boisterous The Spread in Norwalk, CT. He is known for putting his own touch on classic dishes and putting his own stamp on SoNo and CT dining with adventurous and flavorful dishes.
Chef Juan Gonzalez of Cask Republic, Stamford – 2:30
Executive Chef Gonzalez runs the kitchen at Cask Republic, putting out a menu full of amazing gastropub food. With Chef Gonzalez at the helm, Cask Republic has quickly become one of the most popular spots in Stamford, if not all of Fairfield County.
Ernst Turnier of Cafe Turnier Catering, Norwalk – 3:15
Ernst Turnier was the chef and owner of Cafe Turnier in Norwalk, a highly-rated cafe serving up classic and inspired Haitian food. Although he recently closed his restaurant, he continues to cook great food through Cafe Turnier Catering.
BBQ Town: there will be plenty of vendors for spices, rubs, and more along with speciality BBQ
Vanchetta Food Truck: all their awesome sandwiches and sides will be pumping out this weekend. Our faves are the Porchetta sandwich and the Patatas Bravas, but you get what you want.
Lobstercraft Food Truck: they’ll have their famous lobster rolls and their amazing mac & cheese that ALWAYS sells out. Our favorites are, well, all of the rolls.
Fryborg Food Truck: dear God, these are some of the best fries around…it’s amazing to think they are coming out of a food truck. Pick your toppings, pick your custom ketchup, and pig out.
Bar Q, Stamford: both Bar Q and Bobby Q’s will be smokin’ up some great BBQ to satisfy that deep down craving. You’ve got all day, so have some lunch AND dinner! It’s the weekend, the calories don’t count…
Bobby Q’s, Westport
*Note that the Makin’ Bacon competition set for Sunday will not be happening this year.*
In addition to lemonade and lots of other thirst-quenching drinks, Blue Point and Goose Island breweries will be represented with some brews. So, make sure to bring your ID.
This year, the competition is two days long. On Saturday, check out the People’s Choice Competition which you can help out with. Best Wings at 2 and Best Ribs at 4. On Sunday, the teams battle it out with their smokers and grills to see who’s the best in an official KCBS competition. Up for grabs are honors with chicken, ribs, pork butt, and brisket with the winners and Grand Champion announced at 4 pm. Which of these BBQ teams will take home the pork?
Chicken Chokers BBQ
Greenwitch Que Co.
Hot Hands BBQ
Star Spangled BBQ
Stubborn Bull BBQ (Grand Champion last year)
Taino Smokehouse CT
That’s Our Que! (an OmNomCT favorite with Kris doing a demo last year at Pork in the Park!)Q Haven BBQ
Yours In BBQ
Sunday:Freeride – 12 Pimpinella – 1:15 Merlin – 2:30 Jump the Gunn – 3:45
Not only will there be pig races, but there will be a mechanical bull station, and lots of other fun games to play.
Pork in the Park
Address: Mill River Park (across from Trump building in Stamford)
Parking: any of the nearby parking garages work, but we’re preferential to Target’s because it tends to be cheaper.