Who will win the coveted Porktoberfest trophies?
Who will win the coveted Porktoberfest trophies?

Although the not-so-appealing smell of processing pork often wafts throughout the streets and alleyways of Butchertown, on Friday, Oct. 9, the hunger-inducing “good” smell of all things pork will be blowing in the wind at the third annual Butchertown Porktoberfest.

The culinary competition pits local restaurants and chefs against each other in the categories of People’s Choice, Best Overall Pork, Best Vegetarian, Most Creative, and Best Dessert. Attendees are encouraged to sample everything and help the selected judges vote for the best, and to keep things exciting, there’ll be live music by Relic, beer by Apocalypse Brew Works and cocktails from Copper & Kings, where the event will be held.

You have our permission to pig out on Friday.
You have our permission to pig out on Friday.

Included among the participants are a few places that haven’t yet opened their doors, so this will be the first time anyone gets to sample their fare. We’re talking about Royals Hot Chicken, Red Hog Tapas and Commonwealth Cure.

Winners from last year’s Porktoberfest were: Holy Grale for Best Overall Pork; Gralehaus for People’s Choice; Feast for Most Creative and Best Dessert; and Wiltshire for Best Vegetarian.

Admission is $2 and includes one food sample. All proceeds from food and beverage tickets benefit the Butchertown Neighborhood Association. The event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, at Copper & Kings, 1111 E. Washington St.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."