Pork Roll — a Trenton contribution to New Jersey breakfast tables — is getting the celebrity treatment with a recent cookbook and a day-long capital city festival set for Saturday, May 23.
“The Pork Roll Cookbook” by former The Times of Trenton reporter Jenna Pizzi — with recipes by longtime regional food writer Susan Sprague Yeske — covers the lively history of “delicacy” and includes over 50 recipes, including Pork Roll Hawaiian Pizza! Look for it at local stores or find it online.
The city pork roll celebration has turned into a food fight that echoes the rivalry of the two famed Trenton pork roll makers: Case’s Pork Roll and Taylor Provisions (and its roll known as Taylor Ham).
Pork Roll Festival One is at Trenton Social Restaurant, 449 South Broad Street, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., $5 admission, $25 for VIP (includes exclusive pork roll dishes made by Trenton Social, Pork Roll Bloody Mary with commemorative glass, and access to private hospitality area). For more information, go to www.trentonporkrollfestival.com.
Pork Roll Festival Two is at Mill Hill Park, 100 S Broad Street, Trenton, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. For more info, visit porkrollfestival.com or www.facebook.com/porkrollfestival.
And then there is the Vegetarian Pork Roll Festival: Gandhi Garden, 223 East Hanover, Trenton, noon to 5 p.m., free, donation, participatory, www.facebook.com/events/340968819440705/
Competition or not, the pork roll festival shows that Trenton is more than pork barrel politics.