What’s that Wild Hog Festival about?

Hog Fest, Ben Wheeler TXHog Fest is nearing…Only 3 weeks and the frenzied cooks will be buzzing like bees, huddled around their smokers into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They will be religiously checking their meats and trying to stay warm around campfires as the festivities start inside Moores and The Forge Friday night. Several will dash into the warmth of one of the local venues to be greeted by friends and strangers. All will have stories detailing their eventual win of the Feral Hog Cook-off.  That night the Hog queen will be crowned and the fun ensues for yet another 24 hours, to include a comedic parade, an onslaught of free wild hogmeat, amazing music coming from every pore of the little town, vendors selling all sorts of East Texas pride, and the outpouring of visitors who are experiencing it all for the first time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Ben Wheeler’s Hog Festival.

People ask me what it’s like. Some would giggle and scoff, but once you get there, you see what a feast it is. It is a feast for all the senses.  Those who take part in the parade design floats that prove their devotion to the small town through unique pig inspired moving creations, the smell of the smoked meats and campfires, the taste of the homemade sweets from the local Scouting troop, the music resonating through your body and the feel of that cool October breeze bringing it all to you on a silver platter wake every sense that you have. You find yourself falling in love with a small town that would otherwise never have been on your radar.

That’s when you step inside a place like the Forge. It’s been dubbed “Our Cheers.” If your old enough to remember that show, then you know what I’m talking about. There is something about walking into a small bar and feeling like you immediately belong. When you get there, that’s when you know that this is a place you’ll come back to. The locals will tell you their tales and tell you about the great shoppes. You’ll probably even get to meet a few of the shop owners. It will then become clear to you, why we love this place. It has a heart and soul and when you walk in, you immediately become a part of it.
This little town was forgotten for a long time and now it’s thriving with life again. The Hog Fest is not only a “small town festival,” it’s a small town revival. There is no shortage of food, music or fun that weekend or any weekend for that matter. So if you want to see what it feels like to really be a part of a community, come down that for the festival. You might just end up loving it here.

Schedule for Hog Fest Weekend at the Forge

Friday Night, Oct 25

Café Antarsia

Saturday, Oct 26-

HOG FEST MUSIC at THE FORGE Hog Pen:
$7 advance tickets through outhousetickets.com or $10 Door

• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CRAIG WALLACE

• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HEATHER LITTLE & MATT BRADSHAW

• 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CHASE & NEW SOUTH

• 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. JEFF ALLEN BAND

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East Texas music icon, Lynn Groom, Wednesday, Oct 2

Get ready! Tyler native and Texas music icon, Lynn Groom, brings his nationally acclaimed, one-man show of keyboard wizardry to The Forge for a special one night only performance, Wednesday, October 2, at 7 PM.  Come on down for a special night of music!

Lynn Groom (3)To find out more about Lynn Groom check out his website

www.lynngroom.com

Salsa Wars today!

Homemade salsaDon’t Forget, today is Salsa War day at the Forge! Bring your Salsa down and see who will be this week’s Forge Food War Winner, complete with bragging rights. The contest is at 1:00 today. See you there!

We will be mixing it up a bit these next few weeks with a twist on entertainment on Sundays. It is all still in the works but will be incredibly cool. We will update you as the plans progress, but just keep an eye out. I promise, you won’t wanna miss it!

Potato Salad Wars declares winner!

And the winner is…..

Travis Cormier, a full time cook and great person extraordinaire won the hearts and taste buds of the patrons at the Forge this Sunday with his very sweet and tangy potato salad. The competition was strong and all the salads were delicious. Many had a very hard time deciding which one is the best. Travis’ potato salad will now be the official side of the Forge Bar and Grill in Ben Wheeler with all the bragging rights that come with it.

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In two weeks we will be hosting another food war of epic proportion, this time… SALSA! So grab your tomatoes and get going. You have two weeks to come up with an ridiculously yummy salsa that will make us all want to order the taco plate every single time.

So get after it and enjoy these pics while you plan your entry into the NEXT FORGE FOOD WAR!

 

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Potato Salad Wars!

Potato Salad Wars!

Sunday, July 28th at 1pm

we want your ‘tater salad!

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That’s right! The Forge Bar and Grill in Ben Wheeler is having a Potato Salad throw down of epic proportion! We are asking everyone to bring down their home made potato salad or their Mamaw’s potato salad! We don’t care as long as it’s tasty and makes you wanna get up and hug someone! Who ever wins the war will be deemed Potato Salad champion. The losers will have to submit to the awesomeness of the winner. The winner’s salad recipe will be used as THE potato salad of The Forge Bar and Grill! How’s that for some bragging rights? eh!

 

So come on down, enjoy a full bar, cool folks and a fun afternoon of tater salad tasting! See you there!

 

Friday/ Saturday Special, March 8th & 9th

This Friday and Saturday, March 8th & 9th we will be serving a Beef Stew and Salad. Nothing warms you up in this March weather like a hearty stew! All specials are for a limited time only!

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Stay tuned next week for Irish Tacos and Corned beef in honor of all things leprechaun and Irish!