Wedding Hog Roast Guide
Hog roasts are serious business and are a fashionable and tempting alternative for your wedding day catering. Delish!
Hog roast hire for wedding parties is now a popular alternative to the standard BBQ, adding an exciting focal point and hopefully avoiding the male guests fighting over who’s playing cook! With many caterers now offering hog roasts, and companies specialising is roast meats and spit roast hire, there’s more choice than ever to help bring this tasty alternative to your wedding. For weddings with a laid back, rustic, outdoor or barn theme, hog roast catering is the perfect choice. If you’re not sure about whether your venue would allow a hog roast machine on the grounds – just have a chat with them; it’s not an unusual request.
Why Have a Wedding Hog Roast?
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A Low Cost Option
With the average UK wedding now costing almost £21,000, keeping costs down is often a priority. As well as being delicious, hog roasts are a sensible option that will generally feed up to about 80 people for a main meal, or up to around 120 as a snack. You’ll be looking at around £10 - £15 a head – so for the savvy planner finding out what your local hog roast caterer has to offer could be a good move.
A Great Talking Point
Spit roasts smell great, taste fantastic and for most people, aren’t something they’ll see everyday. So get your guests talking by proudly serving a suckling pig - a great way to get guests mingling, chatting amongst themselves and involved in your day.
Plenty of Options
Although we’re talking about hog roasts, most caterers that offer a spit will also offer a whole range of options including spit roast lamb, other roasted or BBQ meats like Aberdeen Angus rump steak, juicy chicken thighs or spiced pork belly rashers. There’s usually a range of salad and side options (apple sauce, coleslaw and stuffing are almost obligatory) and many offer fish options or vegetarian dishes such as corn on the cob or roast squash.
This is a mobile and flexible option. Not too much space is needed and most caterers will offer a tent or cover, so a rainy day won’t be a showstopper. The pig will usually be delivered to your wedding venue on the day, ready and prepared and will take between 4 – 6 hours to cook.
The set-up, the cooking, the serving and the clearing-up are all handled by the catering company. So once you’ve booked and arranged exactly what you’d like on the day, there’s nothing else to worry about. Next thing you know, you’ll be tucking into a tasty bit of crackling.
Tips for Making the Most of Your Hog Roast Hire
Don't let Dad eat all the crackling...
Tell your guests first – you just want to make sure you’re not going to offend any vegetarians or animal lovers, or at least prepare them (however you can normally ask for the head to be removed before the hog arrives). Also if you’re having the roast for your main wedding breakfast it would be helpful for your guests to know that they’ll not be having a traditional sit down meal, in case there are any wardrobe or shoe considerations to be made!
Have it as an extra, or late evening reception snack – rather than choosing to have the roast as you’re main meal, a great alternative is having the caterers come and set up in the evening, ready for when the dancers need a break and the Proseccos are starting to take effect!
Personalise it – take a look at the options your local supplier has on offer and have a chat with them about your wedding theme. From supplying napkins or cutlery to match your colour scheme to offering Mexican or Italian twists on the food options, there are plenty of ways to make it personal to you.
Go the whole… hog! Make the most of what your caterer offers. They may also offer other services, meaning you can have all of your catering needs managed by one company, that’s got to make things more simple, hasn’t it? Find out whether they offer canapés, desserts or even drinks.
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