Need a break from ArtPrize?

Looking for a little adventure?

Looking for a little pork, music, beer and craic?

Have no fear, Porkapalooza is here!


This celebration is sponsored by New Holland Brewery.  It takes place near Fenn Valley Winery, in Fennville, MI.  It features top chefs from around the region.  It features live music from some terrific bands.  Most importantly it features pork.

And I love pork: Smoked, pulled, chopped, chunked, sliced, sauced, rubbed.  Butts, backs, spares, bacon, loins, chops, sausage….you name it.

Here are a few details:

From the

Located southeast of Saugatuck, the Red Horse Ranch is the site of the Porkapalooza Invitational Cookout & Music Festival to be held on Saturday October 3. This is an outdoor event featuring the creations of pork-knowledgeable chefs including:

Chef Chris Pandel, The Bristol in Chicago
Chef Matt Pietsch, Salt of the Earth in Fennville
Chef Rob Hammond, Food Dance Café in Kalamazoo
Chef Matthew Millar, New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland
Chef Chad Miller, Restaurant Bloom in Grand Rapids
Chef Joel Wabeke, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids

The party starts at noon and runs until midnight. Expect local beers and wines from New Holland Brewing Company and Fenn Valley Winery. There will be musical performances. Look for exhibits by local artisans. This is a celebration of great food and entertainment.

Bring your own blanket and chair, and dress for outdoor weather. Tickets are $8 in advance (online sales) and $12 at the gate. Parking is an additional $5 per car. The music is included in the ticket price. Food and beverages are sold separately. IDs will be checked.

Red Horse Ranch is west of Fennville on 62nd Street, 3/4 of a mile south of M89. 62nd Street is about 3 miles east of and parallel to US-31. Click here for a map of the general area.

Thanks for the fine report!

Now check this out, Chef Joel Wabeke gave me a little pork preview:

“I am going outside the box and doing pork and pork liver pate vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches”

Wow!!!! 100% guaranteed craicadelic!


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