Hogs for the Cause (www.hogsforthecause.org) will leave its longstanding home at New Orleans City Park and move to the University of New Orleans Lakefront in 2017, festival organizers announced July 26.
The annual barbecue cook-off is a fundraiser for families of children battling pediatric brain cancer. The event is scheduled for March 30 through April 1, 2017 on the fields behind the UNO Lakefront Arena.
The change comes after this year's festivities were partially curtailed following days of heavy rainstorms. The downpour and poor drainage in the park forced organizers to cancel one festival day, though festival goers still flocked to the muddy City Park Festival Grounds the following day.
A statement from festival organizers cited "logistics, parking, and festival density" as the reason behind the location change.
"Our teams do so much to support us, that it is important for us to find a site that can support their growth," said Becker Hall, the director and co-founder of the festival. "The Lakefront location provides a beautiful, grassy spot right next to Lake Pontchartrain, the paved roads make it easier for the teams to bring in their smokers and other equipment for competition, and there is plenty of lighted secure parking for our patrons."
The festival features amateur and pro pitmasters from across the country — this year's event included 95 teams. Hogs for the Cause has raised more than $1 million since its inception and given grants to more than 400 families with children being treated for pediatric brain cancer.