Porktoberfest, a celebration of — you guessed it — the pig, at Ted's Butcherblock was a laid-back affair, unlike its rowdy Oktoberfest counterpart at the Joe last weekend. Musicians Ron Wiltrout, Gerald Gregory, Bill Carson, and Ben Wells played ambient jams throughout the afternoon while guests feasted on barbecue. The of-age sipped on Victory Festbier and Bells Oberon beers from Charleston Beer Exchange to combat the unseasonal heat. Guests could sample a variety of Ted’s artisan meat, including Painted Hills beef rib eye, along with Broadbent Farms pepper bacon quiche, and Irish bangers and mash. There were also samples of beer and wine to taste.
Those who forked out $25 for lunch were treated to unlimited Charleston Beer Exchange beer in a commemorative beer stein, house roasted barbecue pork, paprika butter roasted carrots, butternut squash and sage corn pudding and green bean casserole with prosciutto. Samples of the delicious local Sweetteeth Confections chocolate were also available.
The bacon cook-off, which was expected to be the highlight of the day, was judged privately. Guests didn’t get to sample or even see the bacon-crazy dishes, so they had to settle for purchasing bacon and creating their own at home.