Events & Competitions

The 2019 Ontario Pork Congress will be held June 19-20

OPIC Hog Jog

OPIC’s Pork for a Cause Hog Jog is a 3.5km run/walk and 10km run held each year during the Ontario Pork Congress.

HogJog 2018 will provide needed funds to support The Local Community Food Centre.

The Local invites the community in and around Stratford to come together to grow, share, cook, access and advocate for good food for everyone. The Local helps members to benefit from learning how to cook healthy food from scratch on a tight budget; offers community meals and provides several cooking and gardening programs that are open to all, both on site and off site at their community garden. Proceeds from the 2018 run will be invested in capital improvements to their building, ensuring that it is accessible for all; renovating the main dining area; and updating the lighting systems throughout the building to create a smaller carbon footprint.

If you would like more details or to register for the Annual Hog Jog, please visit the 2018 Hog Jog Website.

Bacon Maker Classic

The Ontario Pork Congress will be holding the Bacon Maker Classic Competition at the Stratford Rotary Complex. After last year’s success, the Bacon Maker Classic will be held during Pork Congress again this year but with lots of exciting changes. The Bacon Maker Classic will be held on the second day of the show.

2017 Bacon Maker Classic Results

Below are links to the PDF’s that contain information and applications.

Bacon Maker Classic – Live Show Competition Package (Entry Closed)
Bacon Maker Classic – Carcass Competition Package

Below are links to the online application forms.

2018 Bacon Maker Classic – Live Show Competition Application (Entry Closed)
2018 Bacon Maker Classic – Carcass Competition Application

Please send questions and submissions to

Taste the Best

Pig Art Program & Scholarship

Pig Art may depict any aspect of the pork industry- in any way your imagination takes you! From pigs to careers in the pork industry, to the attractive pork dish on your dinner table.

Categories include Fine Art, Painted Article, Original Creative Article, Stitchery/Quilting, Children’s Classes and Digital Photography. Prizes range from $15-$100.

Returning in 2018 is the Pig Art Scholarship, valued at $250. For more information contact Linda Weitzel at

Open our brochure to see all the details and information you need to know about the Pig Art Program & Scholarship.

Pig Art Program & Scholarship Brochure
Pig Art Scholarship Application
Pig Art Colouring Page Download

The OPC Pork Industry Leadership Award

The OPC Pork Industry Leadership Award is awarded to an individual who has given freely of his/her time and provided distinguished service to the Ontario Pork Industry. This Award is open to research, extension, education and industry personnel involved in any facet of pork production, promotion and marketing. Nominations will be accepted from individuals, companies or organizations.

The criteria for this award are:

Contribution to the Industry: Activities and achievements of the nominee that have contributed to the betterment of the Pork Industry in Ontario

Career and Achievements: Achievements associated with current or past positions in the swine industry

Community Affairs: Community service activities outside the nominee’s normal work function that have contributed to the improvement of the community and society

Do you have a person in mind that you feel should be recognized for his/ her services to the swine industry in Ontario? Someone you feel has “gone the extra mile” to help the cause of the swine sector through work within the barn or outside promoting the industry and explaining the plight of the sector to the public? Please submit that person’s name together with a summary of why you feel he/ she should be nominated along with your name and email address in case we need further information. (Submission form follows)

Let’s celebrate the ideas and passion shown by these individuals and show them our appreciation on their achievements.

OPC Pork Industry Leadership Award Form

Please send your submissions to:
Mail: Ontario Pork Congress, Box 23050, Stratford, Ontario N5A 7V8
Fax: 519-272-2215


International Workers Training & Tour

International workers are invited to attend the 2018 OPC and enjoy both, a guided tour through the exhibits and a half hour of educational presentations. Both days will be from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

On June 20, Francisco de Grau, DVM (Merck Animal Health) will talk about management of piglets until weaning.

On June 21, Francisco Trejo, DVM (Jones Feed Mills Ltd) will discuss the basics in pig production and team work. Spanish translators will be available for the 2 hours both days.

2017 International Workers Article

Se invita a los trabajadores internacionales a participar en el Ontario Pork Congress. Se realizará una visita guiada por todas las áreas comerciales y una plática educativa.

En ambos días será de 11:00 am hasta 1:00 pm. En Junio 20, Francisco de Grau, DVM (Merck Animal Health) hablará sobre
manejo crítico del lechón hasta el destete.

En Junio 21, Francisco Trejo, DVM (Jones Feed Mills Ltd) Manejo básico y trabajo en equipo. Habrá traductores para Español en ambos días, durante las dos horas.

Stratford Blues and Ribfest

The Stratford Blues and Ribfest continues a “Hog Wild” week by adding three days of barbecue, music and activities following the Ontario Pork Congress.

Activities include free live music at Veterans Drive Band Shell under a canopy of trees in the park, award winning professional rib trucks and other food vendors, licensed beverages, Weekend Warrior Amateur Open BBQ Competition, talented artisans and unique craft merchants.

If you would like more details, please visit the Stratford Blues and Ribfest Website.