Hogs for the Cause sets new dates in June, moves fest to Plaquemines Parish

Hogs for the Cause, the popular barbecue and music festival, sets new dates for the event this summer. The festival is now set to return on June 4 and June 5, organizers announced.

Organizers also announced the festival will move to a new venue while the UNO Lakefront Arena continues to operate as a COVID testing site. This year, the event will take place at the outdoor, 15-acre Plaquemines Parish Government Facility in Belle Chasse.

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

Festival co-founders Becker Hall and Rene Louapre say “things are going to look a little different this year” and announced several safety measures for this year’s event.

As part of the safety policy, all guests, staff and artists will be expected to wear face coverings, get temperature checks and expect screenings.

“Hogs for the Cause has implemented measures that exceed all recommended guidelines by state and local health organizations to create a safe environment,” organizers said. “We will routinely update our safety policy on the advice of our partners at Childrens Hospital New Orleans and LCMC Health, Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana State Fire Marshal, State of Louisiana, and Plaquemines Parish.”

You can review the full safety policy here.

Source: Hogs for the Cause

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Hogs for the Cause will also limit ticket sales to 25% of the capacity restrictions, far below the state recommended 50% limit.

To minimize contact, the event will be cashless, and all food and drink will be paid for by scanning RFID wristbands. Wristbands will be mailed to festival-goers to avoid box office lines. Organizers say they will also implement a payment plan to help spread out the cost over a few months.

In the event organizers have to cancel the festival due to a change in Louisiana’s phase status, all tickets will be refunded, the co-founders said.

Hogs for the Cause also announced a music lineup for this year’s event.

The Friday lineup includes Robert Randolph and the Family Band featuring The Soul Rebels and Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer, The Iceman Special, plus more to be announced. On Saturday our lineup includes Old Crow Medicine Show, Andy Frasco & The UN, Travers Brothership, Sweet Crude, plus more to be announced.

“We know this isn’t the same Hogs of years past but, if we all do our part, we’ll prove that we can gather responsibly and continue to support families who need our assistance,” the co-founders said.

Tickets for the event are now on sale at HogsFest.org.


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