New food festival hits Morrisburg this weekend

The Morrisburg Village Plaza. A new festival, Porkfest, will be taking place in the parking lot here on Aug. 22, 2015. (Newswatch Group/File)

MORRISBURG – A new kind of food festival will be taking place in Morrisburg this weekend.

Pork Fest on Saturday will feature roughly a half-dozen cookers and local restaurants will be serving up pulled pork, ribs, sausages and pork on a bun to name a few.

Morrisburg DBIA coordinator Grace McDonough told Cornwall Newswatch the event was created because it was a summer event that was lacking.

“We just thought that it was something that was missing. We have our Antiquefest but we wanted a festival around food since everyone I know loves food…and a Pork Fest would be the perfect fit,” McDonough said.

She said the menu of pork items is almost endless. “Bobby at the the Pizza Castle has invented this Pork Fest pogo which is a pork sausage dipped in pancake batter, deep fried, and then dipped in syrup. It is to die for.” There’s also a barbecued bacon sandwich on the menu that’s “equally wonderful.”

The DBIA coordinator said it’s also a boost for local business and service clubs as the event is an economic driver where the money stays locally.

“We thought it was a good fit for our existing restaurants to become involved. We also thought it would be an opportunity for some our community organizations, like the Lions Club and the Optimist Club, to come and use it as a fundraiser. That money goes back into the community.”

The festival will include entertainment for the kids, a beer and wine tent as well as various musical acts.

Here is the list of live musical performances:

  • 3 p.m. – Claude Plamondon & Friends
  • 4 p.m. – Carey B. Grant
  • 5 p.m. – Subtle (Ryan O’Neil & Amanda Leger)
  • 6 p.m. – Jesse Ferguson
  • 7 p.m. – Mandee Woods

The free admission event runs from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Morrisburg Plaza parking lot.

“This is the first annual. We hope that we will be able to grow this festival and we would encourage more community groups to become involved. The fund raising opportunity for them is there,” McDonough said.

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