Hogs for the Cause helps families of children with brain cancer _lowres

Photo by Renee Bienvenu -- Chefs say the whole hog format and overnight cooking rituals at Hogs for the Cause contribute to the appeal of the event for them.

The Hogs for the Cause fundraiser and cook-off will take place Friday and Saturday, March 27 and 28, at the New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds.

The event raises money to help families with children being treated for brain cancer.

The Ben Sarrat Jr. High on the Hog Cook-off honors a Children’s Hospital patient who lost his battle to cancer a week before the second Hogs for the Cause event in 2010. This year, Children’s Hospital is a presenter of the event.

The cook-off is expected to attract 80 teams competing in four categories: whole hog, ribs, pork butt/shoulder and porkpourri.

The music lineup for the event includes Drive-By Truckers and Earphunk on Friday, and The Wood Brothers and Tab Benoit on Saturday.

Tickets are $20 per day or $80 for a two-day PassPork, which includes $45 in Hoggy Dollars at the gate. Boss Hog tickets, with an open bar and a preferred viewing area, are $200 per day. For information or to buy tickets, visit www.hogsforthecause.org.