Wine and Swine event keeps it local
An all-new event will serve up pork and wine in Railroad Square this Saturday, brought to you by the same folks who put handcars on the tracks for the Wunderkammer Festival last year (formerly the Handcar Regatta) and produced a Summer Nights on Railroad Square series on Friday nights. This festival, which is all about pork, wine, music and art, begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m.
Why pork? The short answer is Ty Jones of Ty Jones and Co., President of the Artistic Wonder Society, “knew a guy.” Eric Alegeria brings heritage pig breeds from Hungary and raises them locally. The Managlista breed, or wooly pig, is raised similar to free-range chickens, according to Jones., who added that they are fed on all natural feed and farmers “finish” them by letting them graze freely before slaughter. The meat is heavily marbled, with 5-6 inches of fat, making it very tasty, said Jones.
The food will in include pulled pork, pork patties, sausages, and some vegetarian alternatives. Larry Vito, a Michelin Five-Star Chef from Sebastopol will be there roasting locally-raised pigs as well.
The music features The Easy Leaves, Misispi Mike and The Sam Chase, all booked by Josh Windmiller of North Bay Hootenany. There will also be two fashion shows and a scarecrow-building contest.
The art for the festival will be curated by Kathleen McCallum, who curates the art for the shows at Montgomery Village and will include everything from paintings to jewelry.
Wunderkammer Festival fans will get their handcar fix – minus the races, with handcars on display from last year’s Festival, along with a few new ones.
All the festivities will be on Wilson, between Fourth and Fifth Streets, in Railroad Square concurrently with the Railroad Square Sidewalk Sale.
Jones said the event is sure to be a annual Railroad Square event. The whole point of it, he said, is showcasing the locally raised meat, locally produced wine and locally created art.