Summer Pig Roasts in the Lower Hudson Valley


The spirit of a pig roast is quintessentially summer. An open fire rotisserie, smoky barbecue aromas hanging in the warm air. It’s memories in the making. Sure, the whole concept has sort of a down-home vibe to it, but add good beer, live music and sunshine? A perfect summer afternoon.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Peekskill Brewery and Zuppa Restaurant in Yonkers will all be hosting pig roasts this year, all with plenty of beer and lively entertainment.

It’s a first for Zuppa, which is holding the roast under a tent behind the restaurant, and the second annual roast for Peekskill Brewery, also held outdoors in the north parking lot under a tent. And this year marks the fourth time that Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence is hosting his popular pig roast. The event didn’t happen last year because of the move to his new space in Elmsford.

“The first time it was basically me cooking a pig and hoping people would show up,” says Vaccaro of the increasingly popular pig roast. “And then the last time we did it 1,000 people came.”

This year he is ready for the crowds. Street parking is limited, so Captain Lawrence has organized free shuttles to run between the Pleasantville, North White Plains and Tarrytown Metro North stations and the pig roast throughout the day. And if you’re chasing that feel-good barbecue kind of day, you can play bocce ball and corn hole on the brewery’s outdoor patio.

Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Details: Noon to 6 p.m. June 22; Tickets $40 online, $50 at the door, includes event, beer and transportation. Buses will be provided from Pleasantville, North White Plains and Tarrytown train stations from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Part of the proceeds to Benefit Hemlock Hill Farms ‘Barnraiser.’

Food: Whole roasted pig and other food by Village Dog.

Beer: 12 beers offered, including a few pilot brews.

Entertainment: Live music by Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart (Album Release), Evan Watson’s Old Orchard Band and Brooklyn Sugar Company.

444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, 914-741-BEER (2337),

Peekskill Brewery

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Details: 1-6 p.m. June 30. Tickets are $25, available in advance at the Brewery or by phone.

Food: All-you-can-eat pig, sides and dessert.

Beer: Cash bar with Peekskill brews patrons know and love.

Entertainment: Live music by Evan Watson and DJ Dan.

47-53 South Water Street, Peekskill, 914-734-2337,

Zuppa Restaurant and Lounge

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Details: 1-10 p .m. July 21, $50 tickets sold at the door only (no advance) includes food and beer.

Food: A true Italian Sagra del Maiale, a festival of the pig that celebrates the equinox.

Beer: Unlimited beer from Yonkers Brewing Co.

Entertainment: A live DJ and outdoor dining under a tent behind the restaurant.

59 Main Street, Yonkers, 914-376-6500,




About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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