Cochon US Tour & Goose Island Beer Co. humbly present Cochon555. Over 11 tons of heritage pork raised by family farms will be served across the country in a nose-to-tail touring culinary competition. In each city, five local chefs will each be given a 200 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A panel of 20 expert judges and guests of the event will vote for the cityâ€™s â€œPrince or Princess of Porc.â€ The winner from each city goes on to compete for top honors in the Grand Cochon at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June. The winner of the finale receives bragging rights as the “King or Queen of Porcâ€ and a 4-day wine experience to Rioja, Spainâ€™s most prominent wine region.
In addition to eating over 30 different dishes, devoted pork fans can stop by the Goose Nest, an area featuring the Vintage Ales of Goose Island Beer Co. paired with selections from Hudson Valley Foie Gras. Guests will sample amazing wines, meet with farmers and experience a live butchering demonstration. The event also features  five local barkeeps in the “Punch Kings” Competition presented by Breckenridge Bourbon, oysters paired with wines, a cheese bar, Perfect Manhattan Experience, Mezcal Bar, Crispin Ciders, and a table featuring the wines of Rioja. All guests of the event are invited to visit the website and signup on the newsletter for a chance to win a VIP trip to Rioja Wine & Tapas Festival in New York City, a trip to Heritage BBQ in Louisville, or more than $3,000 in prizes from partners, including a Smart-Scoop Ice Cream Maker from Breville, a $1000 bottle of bourbon, Punch Kings judge seat and 2 VIP tickets to Cochon 555.
The COCHON 555 event is 100% inclusive and always on Sunday.Â Tickets for Cochon 555 events are $125 (general admission) and $200 (VIP). General admissionÂ price includes over 30 dishes prepared from the entirety of heritage breed pigs from nose to tail, paired with premium wines, brews and spirits. Both ticket prices includes endless drink and tons of food. GA starts at 5pm. VIP starts at 4pm, and includes one-hour early access to all the food (special, limited dishes), a chance to hang with the celebrity chefs, judges and media. VIP also enjoys the Punch Kings Competition, first crack at Foie Gras, oysters, jars of bacon, and the occasional bottle of reserve wine. Everyone is always invited to join the After Party for the chefs.