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Join us for a celebration of hog and hooch Sept. 21.

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Make plans to join the Arkansas Times at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, for Pig & Swig, an event centered around two of life's finest pleasures: sippin' whiskey and fine swine.

The event, which benefits the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will be held in the country-in-the-city setting of the Heifer Project Pavilion and Urban Farm, at 1 World Ave. near the Clinton Presidential Center. Admission gets you tastings of liquid gold from presenting sponsor Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, plus George Dickel Tennessee Whisky, I.W. Harper bourbon and Johnnie Walker Scotch. Guinness beer and wine by the glass will also be available for purchase. Ben E. Keith Foods is a sponsor, and Colonial Wine & Spirits is presenting a free photo booth at the event. Another event sponsor, Rock City Harley- Davidson, will be bringing a different kind of hog to Pig & Swig, with the latest Harley-Davidson motorcycles on display, along with experts to answer questions about how to choose and buy the best bike for you. The Electric 5 will provide live music, and a Pig & Swig wristband gets you into the after-party at Ernie Biggs, 307 President Clinton Ave.

Limited early-bird tickets are $35 and available at centralarkansastickets.com. Hit the Pig & Swig Facebook events page for more information.

In addition to whiskey tastings and good times, attendees can enjoy pork-based delicacies from over a dozen of Central Arkansas's finest restaurants: Capital Bar and Grill will be dishing up a whiskey-flamed pork belly, and a black-eyed pea and bacon casserole. Southern Table will be serving locally sourced bell peppers and sweet Italian pork sausage, topped with a scratch-made garlic mustard. Pasta Jack's will be saying, "That's amore!" with penne pasta topped with sausage Alfredo. The Pizzeria will be offering old-fashioned glazed meatballs, and Whole Hog North Little Rock will show its mastery of smoked hog with barbecue pulled-pork sliders. The Cafe at Heifer will sweeten the pot with candied bacon sourced from the Grass Roots Farmer's Cooperative, paired with house-made pimiento cheese crostini. B-Side Bistro is bringing breakfast with its bacon-wrapped French toast, and Rebel Kettle Brewing Co., known for its hearty sausages, will be serving its house-made boudin with homemade mustard. Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro will be ladling up samples of its white bean and ham soup with corn and potatoes, a sneak peek at a dish the restaurant hope to debut on their menu this fall, and Samantha's Tap Room and Wood Grill will be serving a cheese polenta with Coursey's bacon from St. Joe (Searcy County). @ the Corner is cooking up savory barbecue crepes. Still hungry? There will also be dishes from @ the Corner, South on Main, Forty Two and Four Quarter Bar and more.

Pig & Swig promises to be a fine, greasy-fingered night under the stars, full of food, fun and libation. Buy tickets now; tickets will go to $45 before the event.


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