Pumpkin spice lattes can take a seat. A real fall festivity that merits celebration is a pig roast, and there's a couple succulent options coming up that you'll want to put on your radar.
First up, Uncommon Ground does the slightly uncommon thing of pairing pork with cider. What, no beer?! You won't even miss it as you're tearing through swine and guzzling Vander Mill Cider. The first annual cider pig roast takes place this Sunday, September 22, at Uncommon Ground's Devon Avenue location. The ferile fête runs from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., featuring live music, a cider tasting, and pig-roasting aplenty. Tickets are $40 per person, and can be purchased here.
Things get porcine at Bakersfield on October 12 for the "pork and pioneer" patio pig roast. The event features a whole-roasted pig with a slew of accoutrements, Pioneer Cabernet, live music, and more. An unlimited sampling menu of swine and swine-friendly sides will be served on the patio from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., featuring dishes from chef Patrick Cassata such as charred fava bean salad, cowboy-style baked beans (yee haw), grilled sweet corn on the cob, homemade applesauce, and pikliz, a Haitian coleslaw that sounds like the coolest thing ever. The pig itself is to be seasoned with herbs, spices, pears, and apples, making for a particularly fall-tastic hog. Between bites, guests can augment their meat intake with Pioneer Cabernet Sauvignon, crafted by Standard Market in collaboration wit the Barra family winery in Mendocino. Other beverage specials will also be on hand, including "Patio Pounder" cocktails and craft beers. The event costs $30 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 630-568-3615.