“The delicious medley of fourteen freshly-cooked pigs, spread out on the tables of fourteen of the region’s top chefs – what a way to end the summer!”
-a satisfied Pig Mountain customer who stopped by the NYFC booth
Last week, NYFC was thrilled to represent the beginning farmer community at New York’s annual Pig Mountain festival in Narrowsburg, NY. The coalition was this year’s non-profit recipient, with a part of the event’s proceeds going to support our work.
NYFC representatives spoke with hundreds of attendees over the course of the day, discussing the need to support the next generation of farmers and ranchers and selling NYFC’s new t-shirts (which you can buy too!)
The all-day event – held on August 24th – brought some 2,000+ eaters and festival-goers together to enjoy a variety of delicacies – from bacon-tomato salad to Viennese spice-rubbed pork to spicy pork empanada. The most daring eaters even sampled lard-based oreo cookies for dessert (our reviewer’s response: delicious!). The event was held on Narrowsburg’s main street, connecting food and foodies with local businesses and vendors. According to the local River Reporter newspaper, local stores saw up to a 50% increase in business during the weekend event.
Pig Mountain is in its third year, having started in 2011 with only four chefs. It was started by NYC chef (and food activist) Heather Carlucci and local artist Matthew Solomon with the goal of not only celebrating good food, but also focusing on local farms and building the links between farms and their communities. This is a goal the Coalition couldn’t agree more with, and we are proud to have been a part of the festivities.
While it’s still twelve months away, it’s not too early to start thinking about Pig Mountain 2014! Check out the Pig Mountain website for more information.