You can’t spell “feast” without “fest”
Of course, New Orleans’ festival culture lends itself to the success of Hogs. Strategically planned to take place before the popular French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest, Hogs is now considered the kickoff to “festival season,” which takes advantage of the sunny, relatively cool air of the spring. However, rain is a significant factor, which after several flooded and muddy years at City Park, prompted the move to higher ground by Lake Pontchartrain.
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past few years,” Hall says, “it’s that Mother Nature is a vegan, for sure.”
The prevalence of festing meant that music was an important component from the get-go. Thanks to free events like French Quarter Fest or Wednesdays at the Square, New Orleanians are used to live music. In order to justify charging a live music-savvy population to get into a place where you need to pay for food, too, Hall has carefully crafted the the band lineups since 2010.