Carleton Place pig roast draws crowd of more than 100 people

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Posted on: September 3, 2017

Jane Hobson

Pints and roasted pig were the main attractions at A Feast of Fall in Carleton Place tonight (Sept. 3).

Presented by Stalwart Brewing Co. and Black Tartan Kitchen, about 120 people gathered at the Carleton Place Canoe Club for a swanky evening of bold brews and locally raised pig to welcome the fall harvest season in Lanark County.

The smell of barbeque coals wafted up to the balcony of the club where guests enjoyed beer and hors d’oeuvres as a misty rain fell slowly onto the Mississippi River below. Despite the cool evening, the atmosphere was warm and lively as music from Django Libre Gypsy Jazz Band floated through the venue.

“The focus is really on community and the celebration of this bountiful season that we’re in right now,” said Ian Carswell, the owner of Black Tartan Kitchen. The pig served at the roast was raised at local McGahey Farms and was fed by organic compost from the restaurant. “It has come full circle; now it’s time to enjoy the pig and dine.”

The pig was originally supposed to be spit roasted but was box roasted instead when it ended up nearly 100 pounds larger than expected. This means parts of the pig were separated into coal roasting boxes. “There’s definitely enough to feed everybody,” Carswell laughed.

The main meal included roasted pork, vegetables from McGahey Farms, such as steamed corn on the cob and potato salad, and homemade charcuterie boards. There was no seating plan to encourage people to mingle.

“The idea is that you leave here and maybe you’ve made some new friends or you’ve made some new connections,” said Adam Newlands of Stalwart Brewing Co. He served the micro-brewery’s most recognizable brew, Down by the River.

Carswell did not let any part of the pig go to waste; the ham and shoulders were part of the main meal, the head was turned into head cheese, and the belly and pork loin will be used at the restaurant.

“This meal showcases what we do at [Black Tartan Kitchen] but in a more casual setting. It’s like a party,” Carswell said.

Tickets were sold at $60.75 per person. A portion of the proceeds are being donated to the Carleton Place Community Friendship Oven Project.

“We’ll keep doing events until we have the money to do the [Community Oven Project],” said Newlands. Stalwart and Black Tartan Kitchen are hoping to organize a similar event in October for Oktoberfest. “The goal of all the events is to raise enough money for the oven.”

Carswell and Newlands gave a special shout out to Erica at the Flower Boutique and Joanne at Et Cetera Home for providing wonderful décor for the event.

A few notable guests at A Feast of Fall include Mayor Louis Antonakos, Kate Murray of Downtown Carleton Place and Petra Graber, owner of the Good Food Company. The Good Food Company and Black Tartan Kitchen are two of the first restaurants in Carleton Place to start composting programs.