Hogs for the Cause
This annual cookoff and fundraiser has quickly mushroomed into a festival-like event and a showcase of local creativity with pork. This year's music lineup includes Marcia Ball, Trombone Shorty, the Gourds and other bands, and food and drinks are for sale throughout the day.
When: March 24, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: Frisbee Golf Fields at City Park, 1 Palm Drive
Hammond Smokin' Blues & BBQ Challenge
Considered the largest annual barbecue cook-off in Louisiana, this event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and draws competitive teams nationwide.
When: March 23-24
Where: Downtown Hammond
Louisiana BBQ Cookers Association events
This statewide organization will oversee a dozen barbecue competitions in 2012.
For a calendar of events, see www.labbq.org.