Frequently Asked Questions

Kick New Orleans festival season off right … with BBQ! Hogs for the Cause returns as the best barbecue festival this side of the Mississippi.

New Orleans welcomes over 80 local and regional BBQ masters and the best backyard chefs to compete in seven categories: Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/Shoulder, Porkpourri, Sauce, Fan Favorite, and Fundraising Champion.

What is Hogs for the Cause?

Hogs For The Cause is a 2-day barbecue festival full of music, local beer, and fundraising. Both New Orleans musicians and national musical acts will keep you dancing all weekend long to whet your appetite to try every food option from Alabama white sauce to cracklin cochon de lait nachos. Join us for the tastiest BBQ festival in New Orleans!

What are the festival dates & times?

The 2019 festival is March 29th & 30th. It starts at 3:30pm on Friday and 11:00am on Saturday.

Where is the Festival?

The festival is located at the grounds behind the UNO Lakefront Arena. The address is 6801 Franklin Avenue.

How do I get there?

The festival is located at the grounds behind the UNO Lakefront Arena, 6801 Franklin Avenue.

From Uptown, take Claiborne Avenue to the I-10E ramp toward Slidell. Take Exit 237 for Elysian Fields Avenue. After 3 miles, take a right onto Leon C. Simon Drive, then a left onto Franklin Avenue. Parking will be on your right.

From Downtown, take the I-10E ramp toward Slidell. Take Exit 237 for Elysian Fields Avenue. After 3 miles, take a right onto Leon C. Simon Drive, then a left onto Franklin Avenue. Parking will be on your right.

Two parking lots are available behind the arena (Parking is NOT free. These lots are operated by UNO and cost $10 per car.)

We strongly encourage using ride sharing, such as Lyft and Uber to get to the festival grounds.

Where should I park?
From Franklin Avenue, there will be two parking lots, one on either side of the arena. Parking is NOT free.  The parking lots are operated by UNO and cost $10 per car.
We also encourage using ride-share programs like Uber and Lyft.
Are there wristbands for this year’s festival?

This year we have wristbands! You will exchange your Hogs ticket for a Hogs wristband to wear for the duration of the festival. You can do this by having your wristband mailed to you (bonus: skip the box office and waltz right in!).  You can also exchange it at the festival or at our swap nights (information coming soon).

If I leave the event, can I re-enter at a later time?

Re-entry is only allowed if you have a Boss Hog VIP ticket. You cannot re-enter if you buy a general admission ticket.

What are the competition categories?

There are 4 main judged food categories:

  • Pork Ribs
  • Boston Butt/Pork Shoulder
  • Whole Hog
  • Porkpourri

In order to be considered for the “Grand Champion” title, a team must enter at least three of the four above food categories and raise at least $4,000.00 in fundraising. In addition to the food categories, teams may compete in the remaining lagniappe categories also.

Judging expertise provided by Memphis Barbecue Network.

Do the competing barbecue teams sell samples of food?

Every team sells food (while their supplies last)! Teams do sell out, so we strongly encourage a “get there early, eat everything” plan of attack.

Every team prices their own samples.

If you’re still hungry, we also have several independent food vendors, including vegetarian options, around the festival grounds.

Are there accommodations for guests with disabilities?

Hogs for the Cause provides accessible entrances for guests with disabilities at the main entrance of the festival grounds. Parking spaces for guests with disabilities are available in the main parking lot. Seating for guests with disabilities is available at the event. Please call (504) 304-9403 with questions or to purchase accessible seats.

I’m vegetarian. Is there food for me, too?

Yes. Although our competing teams generally only offer meat-based dishes, we will have vegetarian food options available.

What if it rains?

Play in the mud like a good little piggie.

(Hogs is rain or shine!)

What can I bring to the festival grounds?

Things you can (and should) bring:

  • Money, of course.
  • Blankets
  • Chairs
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses, hats, fanny packs
  • Strollers
  • Personal cameras (no detachable zoom lens or flash)
  • A poncho
  • And other typical New Orleans festival items.

Please do not bring outside food and beverages, weapons of any kind, explosives, fireworks, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, and unauthorized video, camera, or audio recording equipment. We also do not allow pets or other live animals.

If you have any questions about bringing medical necessities, please e-mail us at info@hogsforthecause.org.

What items are prohibited at the event?

Oh, you know, the typical stuff. Please do not bring:

  • Outside food and beverages (c’mon people, it’s a fundraiser not a freeloadin’ picnic)
  • Pets or animals
  • Glass Bottles or Containers
  • Coolers or Large Bags
  • Large Umbrellas
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Explosives, fireworks, illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia (because we know that prescription for “glaucoma” is bogus)
  • Unauthorized video, camera, or audio recording equipment
  • Selling of merchandise or unauthorized/unlicensed vending
  • Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, stickers, sampling, give-a-ways, etc.
Can I bring my pet dog/cat/snake/bird/monkey?

You have no idea how much it pains us to say this, but … no. In the past, we have allowed small pets, but due to the growth of the event and the potential for problems, we do not allow pets animals of any nature. Not even a friendly iguana. We feel your pain. Gus and Penny, the official Hogs Basset Hounds, have been giving us the droopy stink-eye since we made this rule.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. Hogs For The Cause is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donations are tax deductible to the full extent as allowed by the IRS. Visit our donations page for more details.

Can I donate directly to Hogs for the Cause without going to the event?

Yes. You can make direct donations to Hogs for the Cause online or by mail. Visit our donations page for more details. To mail a donation directly to Hogs for the Cause, send checks to P.O. Box 792300, New Orleans, LA 70179. Remember: Your donations are tax-deductible to the full extent as allowed by the IRS.

How do I register my team to compete?

REGISTER FOR THE 2019 FESTIVAL WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER.

Registration for teams opens in October and registration must be completed online. You must fill out the form and pay your site fee and cleanup deposit when you register. Click the REGISTER tab at the top of the page and select “Team Registration” in the dropdown for more details.

How did Hogs for the Cause get started?

In 2009, Hogs for the Cause hosted a pig roast to raise money for a boy named Ben Sarrat. Li’l Ben had been diagnosed with an incurable form of brain cancer. In that first year, roughly 200 people showed up to watch a pig turn slowly on a spit and raise money to help Ben’s family. Fast-forward a few short years (eight years and counting), and Hogs for the Cause is now one of the largest barbecue competitions and music festivals in the country. Our charitable purpose remains the same: helping families fighting pediatric brain cancer.