Live high on the hog at Pig Day in Davis

Costumed characters will roam the grounds on Pig Day.
Costumed characters will roam the grounds on Pig Day. Courtesy of Davis Farmers Market

Many culinary players around town take partial credit for helping to pioneer the local farm-to-fork movement. One place that really did is the venerable Davis Farmers Market. It’s a serious place, with its own cookbook, but it lightens up this time of year.

Which means the 24th annual Pig Day, celebrating all things pork. OK, along with celebrating local agriculture, local farmers and local foods.

“Pig Day is part of the Davis culture and the only event of its kind in California,” said market manager Randii MacNear. “It celebrates the pig’s rightful place as one of man’s most intelligent and useful domesticated animals.”

Bring your appetites for individually priced items from vendors, including breakfast sammies (with bacon or pulled pork), pigs-in-a-blanket, pork fried rice with vegetables, pork ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, piggy pops (French bread on a stick shaped like a pig’s head), pig cookies and bacon-flavored “frozen confections.”

If you’d rather cozy up to a pig, a petting zoo of piglets and other children’s activities will be on site, as well.

Pig Day will be 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 7 in Central Park at Fourth and C streets. More information: (530) 756-1695,

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.