“Chocolate covered bacon is actually delicious,” said Shirley Gillmor, one of the visitors to the first ever Morrisburg Porkfest. Local people and many out of towners dropped into the Morrisburg plaza on Saturday, August 22, for the Porkfest sponsored by the B.I.A.
Along with the chocolate covered bacon people also sampled pork pizza, pulled pork, pork sandwiches and some Dutch “poffertjes” with, of course, a side order of bacon. Taking part in the festival were Pizza Castle, the Basket Case, the Optimists and Morrisburg & District Lions clubs, Home Hardware, Lakeshore Drive United Church, and Dixon’s Community Centre Group. The event was organized by the B.I.A.
“Our intention was to do an all encompassing festival that took in all types of pork, and kept the event focussed on the community,” said Grace McCullough of the B.I.A. “We thought hot food and cold beer and a beautiful day were all a great combination.” Food vendors were extremely busy all day.
Chuck Leclair organized the entertainment for the festival which offered an open mic to all comers around 1 p.m., then presented five professional musicians later in the afternoon. “It was great to see so many sign up for the open mic,” Leclair said. “We actually had to try to squeeze in some late arrivals.”
Among the out of town visitors were Robin Mondoux and Sharon Henderson of Gatineau, who “stumbled into the Porkfest. We were in town to buy groceries for camping and saw the activity. We are enjoying your event, and the food was really good.”
South Dundas mayor Evonne Delegarde was also on hand to enjoy the Porkfest. “For the first time around, this was a great event,” she said. “There was great music, great weather, great organizers and great food.”