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Pig Mountain draws thousands

An estimated 2,000 people turned out at this year’s Pig Mountain pork fest in Narrowsburg, NY, as 16 chefs offered tasting plates—from pulled pork to Cuban sandwiches to bacon-fat brownies.
TRR photos by Jane Bollinger

August 27, 2014

NARROWBURG, NY — Foodies flocked to Narrowsburg on Saturday for the fourth annual extravaganza of pork: Pig Mountain. This year, 16 chefs responded to the call to prepare a whole 200-pound pig. Besides pork, they were charged with serving two vegetarian sides. (There were desserts, too.)

Restaurants from as far away as Savannah, GA, Charleston, NC and Colorado Springs, CO were represented, nine from New York City, two from New Jersey and a handful from our own neighborhood—Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti from The Heron (Narrowsburg), Kristal and Mark Whitmore with pit master Steve Mutter from Kristal Bowl (Callicoon), Nick Santana from Heinle’s General Store (Cochecton Center) and Peter Schott representing the Inn at Woodloch (Hawley, PA).

The River Reporter’s own Laura Silverman (her column, Relish Every Day appears monthly) and husband George Billard were found in the crowd. At the end of the day, Silverman’s favorite tasting was from Dickson’s Farmstand Meats (vendors at New York City’s Chelsea Market), which served Korean barbequed pulled pork, kimche collards, shrimp chips and a Japanese mayonnaise called “Kewpie.” For veggie highlights, she liked the green beans with beet pesto by Casa Mono (New York City) and table-mate Island Grill (from the NJ shore) and Kristal Bowl’s corn pudding.

An estimated 2,000 people attended Pig Mountain this year, and nobody went away hungry.