It’s pretty simple… We love bringing together people to celebrate the things we truly love and appreciate in our lives… Large scale cuts of meat cooked slow and low with charcoal, live music, great friends, all in the city we love. This is truly fun for us! Including the chefs, the bands, the bartenders… all involved! And with that, the fun is contagious to all attending.
The Urban Pig Roast’s roots lie in Fontana, Wisconsin. In 1992 a 4th of July pig roast was held at a new home to celebrate family, friends, and the whole roasted pig that had been twirling just above an open charcoal roaster since late the night before. After a half dozen years, “The Roast” moved around Geneva Lake and placed a stake in the ground of William’s Bay, WI. This is where the volume turned up with the addition of bands that rocked into the night and then DJ’s into early the next morning. The star, as always, was that delicious whole roasted pig purchased from a farm less than 2 miles away (by now we had moved up to an enclosed charcoal whole hog roaster).
Fast forward to 2006 and a grand experiment was conceived on May Street in Chicago. “The Roast” in its 14th year had grown up and moved into the city. The “Urban Pig Roast” had arrived. We brought a country event into the city and the annual summer’s end event took off. The Urban Pig Roast again outgrew the back yard of our condo building and moved onto May Street as a block party. More people, more live music, and of course, more mouth-watering meat. All “just because” a group of guys got together and wanted an excuse to roast large scale meats in ridiculous proportions low and slow while listening to some kick ass live Rock n’ Roll with a couple hundred friends. After 3 years of the “Black Party” era the Urban Pig Roast took the next step to full-fledged Street Festival by partnering with our favorite neighborhood bar. Now in our 3rd year at the Aberdeen Tap, the Urban Pig Roast has established itself as a favorite for many in West Town and across Chicago. It’s a unique, small-scale event bent on keeping the fun factor high for not only those attending, but also those participating. Grown organically over the last 20 years with many long time Roasters, it is important to grow this event responsibly. The Urban Pig Roast will always strive to be what it has always been…. an excuse for a group of guys who enjoy the art of “slow and low” meats to the point that we have a need to celebrate it with other like-minded carnivores and have a good time doing it while rocking to some great tunes.