Last year, around this time, we went with some friends to aPORKalypse Now, a craft beer and pork event.
It was held at an event space called 404, which is on 10th Avenue between 33rd and 34th streets. We went with a VIP pass and got in early, and I was glad we did. The space was not even close to being large enough for the crowd.
But getting in early meant we got to try the bacon in chocolate fondue (on a Ritz cracker… nice touch). And we got to go back a few times to eat it over and over again. Cause it was gooood.
There were a number of pork dishes and restaurants represented.
But few things were as intriguing as the pigs tail.
This was incredibly rich. I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think I’ll be chasing after trying more anytime soon.
A big highlight was the craft beer.
I especially liked the Nogne 0 Holy Smoke, which reminded me of a smoked beer we had in Belfast, ME.
But my favorite beer of the day came from my college town of Ithaca.
I LOVED the White Gold. I had never had it before and I really enjoyed it. I also love that Ithaca Beer Co. is finally making a strong stance here in NYC.
One of my favorite snacks was Alobar’s Maple Bacon Popcorn. I could not get enough of this!
By a few hours in, the pork was running low and the crowd was running large. For 2013, it looks like the event organizers have moved the location to Long Island City. Let’s hope this space is bigger!
Underground Eats has a deal where you get in 15 minutes early to the event on March 2nd. 15 minutes doesn’t seem like a whole hell of a lot, but at least you can try to grab a beer and maybe some bacon in chocolate fondue (if it’s there again).
I don’t have a burning desire to go again, but I am glad I got to enjoy my craft beer and pig for a day.