2019-04-10 The Festival of the Pig

Whether it's ribs, ham or bacon, pigs make great eating and great barbecue. A festival dedicated to this delicious animal is a natural, and that's exactly what the maialata di carnevale festival, or maialata for short, is all about. The festival originated in Italy in conjunction with Lent and is now celebrated everywhere. During the festival, all parts of the pig are used, even the blood is incorporated into the dishes served. Traditionally, everyone helps prepare the meal before enjoying the feast, whether that means butchering, seasoning, roasting, grilling, broiling, pan-frying or stir-frying. Nostrana, an Italian restaurant in Portland, Oregon has been keeping up with the tradition for several years ever since the chef-owner, Cathy Whims, got inspired by her first experience of the festival at a winery in Italy. Whims returned to Portland, made a few calls, and voila! The festival was brought to Portland. Due to the amount of labor involved in the traditional celebration, Whims put her own spin on the feast with a unique version. Get the full story here.

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