On Thursday, November 17th, three local chefs will face off for pulled pork supremacy, with hungry guests casting a vote for their favourite, in support of the St. John’s Farmer’s Market.

Last year, the SJFM Fundraising Committee was tasked with raising $100,000 as their contribution to the move to Freshwater Road in 2018.

“We reached our goal thanks to a lot of fundraising, and one of our events was Pork Wars,” says St. John’s Farmers’ Market member and resident Waffle Lady, Emily Hunt. “The event was such a success that we’re doing it again this year!”

Currently on board is local chef Jonathan Richler.”I’ll be smoking my butts with both hickory and apple wood chunks and I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with a pickled apple slaw to create my favourite meat flavour combo: smoke and tangy crunch,” he says.

Stephen Quinton from Q’s Barbeque Catering will also be participating, along with a third, yet-to-be-named chef. “Pork, beer, and fundraising for the Farmers’ Market? That’s all you need right there,” says Justin Fong of Quidi Vidi Brewery, who is donating the space again this year.

Meanwhile, the SJFM is running a separate promotion in November called FORK THAT! “We’re asking customers to bring in their own fork for a chance to win $150 in market bucks, which can be spent at any vendor at the SJFM.” With the SJFM focused on reducing waste this season, they’re encouraging customers get in the habit of bringing their own fork to the market.