Hogs for the Cause 2019: More than 90 teams serve up barbecue and bacon

More than 90 teams will battle barbecue-style at the 11th annual Hogs for the Cause at the UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds on Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30.

Cooking, eating and playing at Hogs for the Cause Friday, March 23, 2018 at UNO on the Lakefront. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

The annual two-day fundraising event will feature nationally recognized musical talent alongside amateur and professional barbecue competitors.

Hogs for the Cause’s Bacon Night returns for a second year after an overwhelming success following last year’s launch. Each team will create their own unique bacon dish that will be available for sale, in addition to barbecue samples.

Photo courtesy: Hogs for the Cause via website

Two tons of bacon will find its way into bacon-centric dishes like bacon grilled cheese, maple bourbon bacon and bacon-battered catfish. That’s only a taste of what you’ll find on the full bacon night menu.

Headliners for the 2019 event are Trampled By Turtles on Friday night and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real on Saturday night.

Cooking, eating and playing at Hogs for the Cause Saturday, March 24, 2018 at UNO on the Lakefront. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

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“Each year we are amazed at the level of talent that is eager to be a part of our event, they help bring our cause to the national stage,” said festival director and co-founder Becker Hall.

The complete Friday music lineup includes Trampled By Turtles, Dumpstaphunk w/ George Porter, Jr., American Aquarium, Marco Benevento, Boyfriend, The Iceman Special, J & the Causeways,
The Wooks, Luthi and One South Lark.

The music lineup for Saturday includes Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Samantha Fish, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The War and Treaty, Bishop Gunn, Walter Wolfman Washington and the Roadmasters, Low Cut Connie, Red Shahan, Hot 8 Brass Band, Liz Cooper & the Stampede, Brent Cowles and Roadside Glorious.

Cooking, eating and playing at Hogs for the Cause Saturday, March 24, 2018 at UNO on the Lakefront. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

Back by popular demand are the RFID wristbands, which serve as both a ticket and a wallet. Wristbands will be available for pick-up on site, but to expedite entry into the Hogs “playground,” several pre-event ticket swap locations will be available for attendees to swap tickets for the RFID wristband.

“We introduced the cashless wristbands last year and they made paying for food and drinks so easy, and fast,” Hall said.

Tickets start at $30. Tickets are now on sale on the Hogs for the Cause website www.hogsforthecause.org.

Proceeds will go to the aid and relief of families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer.