Hogs for the Cause adds 'Bacon Night,' announces bands and beer news – NOLA.com

Hogs for the Cause, the annual charity barbecue cookout and festival, returns March 23 and 24. This year, there will be a few changes to the festival, which again will be held behind UNO’s Lakefront Area. Friday, the first day of Hogs, will be “Bacon Night.” The beer selection will expand. A new payment system will be implemented. And the full music line-up has been revealed.

Hogs supports families with children suffering from pediatric brain cancer.

Each year at Hogs, 85 teams cook pork and compete to be the top smoker. On Friday night of the festival, the teams are focused mainly on getting their meat ready for the next day.

“We get a lot of feedback about there being no barbecue on Friday night,” said Becker Hall, CEO and co-founder of the festival.

This year, the teams will also be cooking up bacon dishes. On “Bacon Night” at the festival, each team will be required to create a bacon dish.

“It’s going to be a bacon explosion,” Hall said.

The bacon dishes will be judged for the cook-off, so teams will be taking them seriously.

The beer selection will be broader this year, with brews from Parish, Port Orleans, Tin Roof, Urban South and Gnarly Barley along with macro brews. A Louisiana Craft Beer tent, which will also have one of the three music stages, will have 30 taps.

Hogs for the Cause has embraced the future, ditching its “Hoggy Dollar” wooden coins, which were required for food and drink purchases. This year, an RFID wristband will serve as both the entrance ticket and a digital wallet. Festival attendees can “refill” their digital wallets at stations around the grounds.

“This is where festival technology is going,” Hall said.

The music lineup at Hogs, with its focus on Americana, has

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