Kelly the Culinarian: Chicago #HogFight 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chicago #HogFight 2016

What an awesome way to spend Labor Day weekend! I was invited to join my foodie friends downtown at Mahoney's for the Chicago HogFight and how could I refuse? The bar was literally calling my name. HogFight is a whole-hog culinary competition put on by the same fine folks who coordinate WingFest.

It was a fun festival - they closed down the street behind the bar and brought in tons of picnic tables, live music and lots of various tents. Admission included all you could eat pork, and VIP tickets included 5 drinks per person and a VIP seating area with more samples from Lagunitas, as well as swag from the sponsors. There were also eating contests and cornhole games set up.

What I didn't realize until I got there was that kids are free. FREE. Do you know how much food my favorite little humans can put away? It was well worth the trip downtown. They loved the live music and trying their hand at the toss game. We had to amend the rules and get them closer than regulation to the board, because we were risking the life and limbs of our fellow pork feasters otherwise.

This is one of those events that has the whole max capacity figured out. It was bustling, but not crowded. We waited no more than 10 minutes in line for any of the pork offerings, and even less for drinks. Also, the VIP option is totally worth the upcharge. We couldn't have used all the drink tickets if we tried, but the VIP seating area was a great win. The kids were able to take a seat and have some water with their pork while we were still enjoying the band and bites.

Take a look at our day at HogFight:

Thanks to Blast Marketing for the invite to this awesome afternoon! Can't wait for WingFest.

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