Ship & Shore Restaurant in Deep Bay Marina is holding its first Oceanside Pig Roast, Saturday, Oct. 21. — Photo by

Pig roast event set to grill on Oct. 21.

Organizer Ship Shore to feature pigmasters Big Bacon Fat Moose Brian

It’s not often for anyone to see a pig roasting on an open fire. But come Oct. 21, you will have an opportunity to do so.

The Ship & Shore Restaurant in Deep Bay Marina is holding its first Oceanside Pig Roast, and according to Melanie Cook, who co-owns the restaurant with husband Bruce, it’s going to be a feast to remember.

The pork feast will start at 4 p.m. until the fun stops, said Melanie. It will feature Bacon Boss and Fat Moose Brian as the guest pigmasters.

“We work a lot with Mark Chandler of Bacon Boss and he thought it would be neat to get everyone together like an end of the summer celebration,” said Melanie. “Just get together and have fun.”

Chandler indicated that during the event they will also be trying to raise some funds for the District 69 Firefighters Assistance, which helps volunteer firefighters during tough times.

For those wishing to take part in the roast, it will cost $25 per person and you get to enjoy a pig roast buffet that will feature a variety of serious redneck barbecue delights to be served with some awesome Texas-style classics.

“We will have a pig and we will have anything that revolves around bacon,” said Melanie. “It’s going to fun. It’s going to be a nice get-together.”

Melanie is hoping the weather will be fantastic on that day so they can hold the event on their campground by the water.

“We will be roasting the pig here,” said Melanie. “It will be done here. They will bring it here and start early in the morning.”

The restaurant itself will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will then switch to the pig roast event.

“During that time from 11 to 3, we will be putting some stuff on the menu for people to try,” said Melanie.

The theme of the event is Redneck and if you dress up in your best redneck costumes, you may win a prize or two. There will be some local entertainment as well.

A limited number of tickets are available for sale. Melanie advises those wanting to attend to buy them early at Ship & Shore or at Five Star Wholesale, located at 531 Stanford Ave. East No. 6, Parksville.