Parties and other events are great, aren’t they? They serve to bring families, friends, and colleagues together for some brilliant bonding time. It’s usual practice for people to gather for some sort of milestone or life event, be it a wedding, a sport event, a corporate event, festivals, outdoor shows, fairs and fetes, and basically any other excuse to have a party – and, of course, to eat to our heart’s content.
A chef chopping up a sumptuous hog roast for the guestsImage attributed to Wikimedia SeaDave
They say that there’s nothing like food to bring people together. And this is all too true when you have an event that features delicious specialities from your local area or from the region. But if you want an event to have that extra zing, why not add a special roast?
The history of hog roasting seemingly dates all the way back to the time of the cave people. But seriously speaking, hogs have been in farms for centuries. It’s no surprise, therefore, that whenever there was a feast in medieval times, a hog was spit-roasted over a roaring fire.
But what makes hog roasting so special? Let us count the ways:
- Focal point – visual impact
There’s nothing like having something that the guests can ogle at in any party, is there? With a roast like this, the guests’ attention would immediately be drawn to it – and you don’t have to worry too much about entertaining them, as they will simply be mesmerised by the cooking process itself. Simple reasoning, but it absolutely works.
You don’t have to spend too much time cooking and setting out plates for other types of food. Of course, there are side dishes to think about, but the main focus of the event will be the roasted hog. It’s relatively simple to prepare, and all you need is a portable hog roasting machine. You can even do it yourself and just rent the machine, or you can opt for the expertise of a chef who will take care of all the preparations for you.
- It can be enjoyed through any season
People have the mistaken impression that hog roasting is only good for summer fêtes and events – but this is entirely untrue. Thanks to numerous innovations that have produced even more advanced hog roasting machines, you can enjoy a roast even in the dead of winter.
- Low maintenance – but can feed hundreds of people
Another beauty hog roasting is that it can literally feed hundreds of guests. You can choose to have a roast for a mere 50 guests, but it can feed up to 250 guests or more, depending on the size of the hog and the number of hogs that will be roasted.
Besides, there’s something to be said about the smell of roasting meat, isn’t there? It simply can’t compare to anything else. If you want to have a casual yet well-organised and memorable event, hog roasting would not disappoint.
Tom Van Cauwenberghe is a freelance writer who loves good food, especially at parties and events. He recommends getting a full-on hog roast service if you want an event that stands out.