Event Info

Hogs For the Cause is a non-profit organization that hosts an annual music and food festival to raise money for pediatric brain cancer care. Each year over 80 teams will compete to be crowned the Louisiana pork champion. Attendees are invited to vote for help choose the winners by donating to their favorite team by sampling their food. While teams battle it out on the grill, music will be playing throughout the day and into the night.


Gates open 4pm and close at 10pm.

Food and drink tickets can purchased inside the gates for all your food and drink needs.

Friday night at Hogs has been hailed as the "wildest, outdoor cocktail party in New Orleans." Come on out and see 3 great bands play on the Nola Brewing Main Stage and stroll from tent to tent as our 90 teams fire up their smokers and begin their cooking....and put on some raucous parties. While BBQ will not be served on Friday night, our non-pork food vendors and Hoggy Snacks booth will have all the food you need to wash down those great libations from Nola Brewing, Cathead Vodka, Bayou Rum and more. This year teams will be competing for the Best Friday Night Party trophy so you know another wild night is in store! This is a night you do not want to miss.

The Seafood Jubilee Gala dinner is also held onsite on Friday night on the Festival Grounds. Gala patrons take the party to the yard once the dinner festivities have come to a close.


Gates open 11am and close 10pm.

Food and drink tickets can purchased inside the gates for all your BBQ sampling and other food and drink needs.

Come Saturday early and hungry as the BBQ sampling from the 90 teams lasts from 12pm - 4pm. Our 90 teams have been waiting furiously to feed you the best and most BBQ you can handle. 10 bands will be performing throughout the day on the Nola Brewing Main Stage and inside the Capital One Bank Juke Joint tent. Once again, we will be serving delicious Nola Brewing beers and signature drinks from Cathead Vodka and Bayou Rum. Bourbon will also be available. Bring your lucky forks and appetites and eat for a great cause!

Hogs for the Cause 2014

Ben Sarrat, Jr. "High on the Hog" Cookoff
Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th, City Park Festival Grounds

Eighty teams of BBQ competitors, comprised of a mix of some of the region's top chefs, professional BBQ teams and backyard cooking fanatics will compete for the Ben Sarrat, Jr. "High on the Hog" Grand Champion Title. The Champion is pulled from the winners of the Whole Hog; Ribs; Pork Butt/Shoulder; and Porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. There are also awards for Best Sauce, Fundraising Champion and the patron's pick for Fan Favorite. Patrons come to sample food from every team for donations. Bring your appetite and your favorite fork! Live music from on 2 stages from 8 bands. Check out our sizzling line-up!

2013 Cookoff Winners Holding Trophy

Stand Up and Snout

2013 High on the Hogs Champs

2014 Hogs Location

Festival Grounds at City Park or as we call it City Pork!

Hotel Accommodations

Follow the links below to get discounted hotel rates:

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel Reservations
Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel

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Hogs for the Cause 2014 Schedule

Friday, March 28, 2014

Time Band
4:45 - 6:00 Rosco Bandana
6:30 - 7:45 Earphunk
8:15 - till Dumpstaphunk

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time NOLA Brewing Stage Capital One Bank Stage
11:30 - 12:30 Treme Brass Band
12:30 - 1:30 Benjamin Booker
1:00 - 2:00 Naughty Professor
2:00 - 3:00 Hurray For The Riff Raff
2:30 - 3:30 Colin Lake Band
3:30 - 5:00 North Mississippi Allstars
4:00 - 5:15 Shamarr Allen and The Underdawgs
5:30 - 6:45 The Hold Steady
5:45 - 7:00 Houndmouth
7:00 Awards
8:00 - 9:30 Pat Green

2014 Band Lineup

Pat Green Pat Green

Pat Green is simultaneously a Grammy-nominated hit maker with an outsider reputation, a Texas inspiration and a mainstream country artist who can rock arena and stadium stages with the likes of Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney.

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The Hold Steady The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady is an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2004. The band consists of Craig Finn (vocals, guitar), Tad Kubler (guitar), Galen Polivka (bass), Bobby Drake (drums), and Steve Selvidge (guitar). Noted for their "lyrically dense storytelling," and classic rock influences, the band's narrative-based songs frequently address themes, such as, drug addiction, religion and redemption, and often feature recurring characters based within the city of Minneapolis.

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North Mississippi All Stars North Mississippi All Stars

North Mississippi Allstars formed in 1996; the product of a special time for modern Mississippi country blues. Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the music of their father, Memphis legend Jim Dickinson, and absorbed the North Mississippi legacy while playing and shaking it down in the juke joints with their blues ancestors. R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Otha Turner and their musical families were at their peak, making classic records and touring the world. Eventually, Luther (guitar, vocals) and Cody (drums, vocals) formed the North Mississippi Allstars and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.

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Houndmouth Houndmouth

Indie/Americana rock band Houndmouth formed in 2011 in New Albany, Indiana, a town across the river from Louisville, Kentucky. Founding members included guitarist/vocalist Matt Myers, keyboardist/vocalist Katie Toupin, bassist/vocalist Zak Appleby, and drummer/vocalist Shane Cody. The driven group of musicians quickly built a loyal following based on its fervent live shows, and was soon sharing stages with like-minded bands such as Drive-By Truckers and the Lumineers. In 2013, Rough Trade Records released the band's debut, From the Hills Below the City, a hearty collection of ragged country-informed rock & roll.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray For The Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, but in many ways it’s much more than that: it’s a young woman leaving her indelible stamp on the American folk tradition. If you’re listening to her new album, ‘Small Town Heroes,’ odds are you’re part of the riff raff, and these songs are for you.

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Dumpstaphunk Dumpstaphunk

A decade evolved from their debut at 2003′s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.

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Rosco Bandana Rosco Bandana

The Mississippi septet Rosco Bandana are the product of teenage rebellion and its consequences; of lost love, false starts and, above all, lasting friendship. They're what happens when a group of kids take a chance on a long shot and – against all odds – it pays off.

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Benjamin BookerBenjamin Booker

Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter. He is influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex.


Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.

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Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs Shamarr Allen

A musical prodigy, people have forever recognized his extraordinary talents as a musician. Shamarr’s countless career accomplishments are highlighted by performances with artists Patti LaBelle, Lenny Kravitz, Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis, and a multi-city tour and studio recordings with country legend Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Leon Russell, and R.E.M..

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Treme Brass BandTreme Brass Band

The Treme Brass Band is a marching brass band from New Orleans, Louisiana led by snare drummer Benny Jones, Sr. The band, which plays traditional New Orleans-style brass band music, features a shifting lineup that has included trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and James Andrews, tenor saxophonists Elliot Callier and Frederick Sheppard, trombonist Corey Henry, and sousaphonist Kirk Joseph. Lionel Batiste appears consistently on the bass drum.

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Colin Lake Band Colin Lake

Marked by soulful, pleading vocals, Lake's music incorporates elements of soul, rock and folk to create a sound and feel that is strongly original and disarmingly familiar.

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Naughty ProfessorNaughty Professor

Naughty Professor was born and raised in the great city of New Orleans by six creative and passionate young musicians. Each member of the band comes from across the U.S. and brings his own style of improvisation & composition to the group as they draw influences from all over, making Naughty’s sound unique. This instrumental, all-original funk piece is fueled with energy and is excited to be living and performing in one of the greatest places in the world.

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2014 Registration is Closed

We have concluded registration for the 2014 High on the Hog Cook-Off.

Please e-mail becker@hogsforthecause.org with any further inquiries.

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