Every fall Il Buco throws a pig-centric street fair to commemorate the autumn equinox, called in Spanish "Sagra del Maiale." This year's pork madness will commence on Monday, September 22nd from 1-6 p.m, on Bond Street between Lafayette and Bowery. We have enjoyed it immensely in the past, though we must admit it's not the best-organized event we have ever been to. But Ignacio Mattos' slow-roasted heritage pig is just delicious (though I think my favorite Mattos pig preparation is his incomparable Flying Pigs Farm porchetta panini.) There are also some mighty tasty salads (panzanella and wild arugula) to accompany all this pig, and superb apple ricotta fritters for dessert. Tickets are $20, which includes ice tea and/or lemonade. Thanks to the good folks at Il Buco we've snared two pair of tickets to this premiere porcine event to give away to the Serious Eats community.
Details on how to win the tickets will be sent in this week's Serious Eats: New York Newsletter (sent out on Friday morning.) If you haven't signed up to receive the newsletter yet, what are you waiting for? Update: This contest is over, and the winner has been contacted.
Note: This year the Il Buco folks will also be serving the pig fest items on the a la carte dinner menu until midnight. So if you can't get away during the day to eat some pig and fritters, go at night and enjoy your pork in more civilized environs.