Friday, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Boudin, Bourbon and Beer returns to Champions Square for the second year, and last year’s event was one of the best uses of that venue. With two tents of boudin-based dishes by some of the most celebrated chefs in the South, it lined up a genuinely impressive an occasionally daunting lineup of food to sample.
Hogs for the Cause started as a pig roast, then morphed into a cook-off that was as much yard party as barbecue competition, then turned pro without losing its loose vibe and eager amateur competitors, even as barbecue circuit competitors from around the country have joined the ranks.
This year, Hogs for the Cause has expanded its musical lineup. The pork cook-off to benefit those suffering with pediatric brain cancer will this year have two musical stages and out-of-town bands Robert Randolph and the Family Band (with guest Anders Osborne), soul singer Lee Fields and the Expressions, and The Apache Relay joining Rebirth Brass Band, The Revivalists, Eric Lindell, Lost Bayou Ramblers, and Mississippi Rail Company.