Saturday is Pig Day at the Davis Farmers Market, one of the market’s most popular annual events. Visitors will find baby pigs, people in pig costumes and pig-out eats at the market from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Central Park, Fourth and C streets in downtown Davis.
“Pig Day is so unique, and after 21 years it’s part of the Davis culture,” says market manager Randii MacNear, who says Pig Day is her favorite market event. “It’s the only event of its kind in California, celebrating the pig’s rightful place as one of man’s most intelligent and useful domesticated animals.”
Visitors can make pigs of themselves with all the tasty goodies. They can start by sampling a pork stir fry made from Bledsoe pork and market vegetables at Sutter Davis Hospital’s live cooking station; recipe cards will be available.
Market food vendors will have for sale piggie pops (Upper Crust Bakery’s sweet French bread on a stick in the shape of a pig’s head); smoked, roasted pork ribs and farm-fresh pizzas (Caffé Italia); breakfast sammies with bacon or pulled pork (Fat Face); and pigs in a blanket and corn dogs (The Hotdogger).
Davis Creamery will sell watermelon-chocolate chip ice cream and Fat Face will sell its signature ice pops made from market ingredients.
The Yolo County Food Bank also will serve up a farm breakfast of pancakes, bacon and juice, with proceeds benefiting the local community. Sponsors include Sodexo (whose volunteers will do the cooking), Nugget Markets, Grocery Outlet Woodland, the Davis Food Co-op and Davis Bike Club, with volunteers provided by PG&E.
Come pet the baby piglets from Woodland farmer Jim Neilson’s farm. Kids also can make pig ears, tails, noses and faces at booths sponsored by Davis Parent Nursery School, Davis Community Church Nursery School and University Covenant Nursery School.
Davis artist Heidi Bekebrede will offer kids a chance to paint their own clay piggy bank for a fee. Bekebrede fires the painted banks and kids can pick up their finished work at the market shed a few weeks after Pig Day. Pony rides are offered by Pony Ranch Parties.
Take friends’ and family photos with The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf and don’t miss MacNear in her annual appearance as Miss Piggy.
The Peter Franklin Band and Regal Beezers will offer crowd-pleasing Americana music. Regal Beezers also will host at tots and babies dance at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at the market shed at the south end of the market pavilion.
For more information on the festivities, visit www.davisfarmersmarket.org or call (530) 756-1695.