Punk pigs, cool chefs; A foodie fest in Narrowsburg
Even though the food was the main attraction, the creative team behind Pig Mountain, Mother New York, really amped up the atmosphere that day in Narrowsburg. There were colorful flyers that said things like “keep eating;”and Pig Mountain “swag”—T-shirts and tote bags featuring Georgie, the pig that inspired it all; and chefs’ cards with drawings of each chef on one side and a Q&A on the back—like asking chef Anthony Sasso of Casa Mono, “What’s your inspiration/hero?” (Be sure to check out the old-school zine [pronounced zeen] at www.pigmt.com/The-Story.htm). All of these were printed on neon paper, a decidedly punk tableau. The street fair feast has roots in the punk music scene, being born out of a punk rock show in a basement. It was started by NYC chef Heather Carlucci and local artist Matthew Solomon. Narrowsburg set the perfect backdrop for the not-quite-punk but still cool crowd, with Narrowsburg’s hipster-cred and under-the-radar locale.
But what’s more punk than pigs? Local farms, of course. The pigs and vegetables were sourced from New York State farms and a part of the proceeds will be donated to the National Young Farmers Coalition, an organization that “represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.” Members of the coalition were on hand to answer people’s questions and spread the word about the importance of young farmers.
While the yummy food was good for our stomachs, the pig roast and veggie fest is also good for our town. Pig Mountain has grown from 475 attendees and four chefs in 2011, to over 2,500 attendees and 14 chefs this year. All those people mean good business, and local stores saw a 45 to 50% increase in business during the weekend. Most of the crowd were people from New York City or New Jersey and many are second-home owners.
It’s clear that Pig Mountain, the little punk show that could, is soaring in popularity. Just remember get in line early next year. Visit www.pigmt.com.