Frequently Asked Questions

Happy Hogs Catering event caterers

Questions and Answers

Although we try to explain as much as we can within the content of our website you may still have some further questions, so below we have listed some of the most commonly asked questions and our business terms, if your question is not here please feel free to give us a call or email us with yours and we will do our best to answer it for you. thank you


  • Can we have a tasting session?

    • Unfortunately we don’t do tasting sessions like what a hotel or restaurant may do, this is mainly because the main elements of the catering we do such as hog roasts, bbq’s and our giant size paella pans cannot be done on such a small basis required for samples to try. As a busy small business we would have to charge an unreasonable amount for these tasting sessions and wouldn’t be able to recreate some of the dishes and menus that we offer on a very small-scale; such as the big pans & hog roasts. So instead we have lots of pictures showing what we do throughout the website along with descriptions and ingredients and real testimonials from clients that can be seen on our testimonials page.

  • Can you provide references?
    • Yes, we are happy for prospective clients if they wish to see testimonials from previous clients. We can post out photocopies of these references, testimonials and feedback that we receive back from clients, however please note that in order for us to abide by the Data Protection Act 1998 we will have to blank out certain key parts of addresses.

  • Do you have insurance?
    • Yes, we have insurance to cover us for anything that may go wrong with us, such as public liability, vehicles, equipment and our staff, so we are covered.  Additional insurance to cover the wedding itself can be a very good idea, encase of personal emergency, such as a close family member dies or the groom breaks a leg or worse just before the ‘big day’ and for this we suggest Compare Wedding Insurance site for a good choice.

  • Do we do silver service (table service)?
    • The catering options we do are designed to be informal and as a nice alternative to ‘silver service’ or waited on, promoting a more relaxed enjoyable atmosphere for guests whatever the occasion, and so are served in a ‘buffet setting.’ Pictures of how we do this are on various pages of the site and in-particular on our testimonials page.

  • Are you registered with Environmental Health?
    • Yes, we are registered with our local Environmental Health Office and have annual meetings with them and have a very good rating of excellent 5/5 star’s with them.

  • Where are your pigs sourced and what bread are they?
    • All of our pigs are free range from a FREE RANGE farm in North Yorkshire, the breed is a multiple award winning breed for quality and taste.

  • What sort of meat do you use?
    • All the meat we use is free range from our hogs and our homemade sausages to our homemade 100% beef burgers.

  • How long does it take to serve a hog roast?
    • We operate to a 1 to 2 hour maximum serve time dependant upon your guest numbers and as legally required by EHO guidelines, this we find is ample time for us to serve any amount of guests and for those that want to come back for seconds.

  • How many will a hog roast feed?
    • We will supply the correct size pig for the number of guest at your event from 20 to 400+.

  • What if i want a hog roast for 30 guests?
    • 30 guests is fine it will just cost a little more per head.

  • How much will a hog roast cost?
    • We tailor make each quote to keep your costs down and to suit the number of guests/portions and menu choices to your event.

  • Are your staff all trained?
    • Yes, all of our staff have appropriate Health and Hygiene and Food Handling & Preparation Certificates.

  • What do I need to provide?
    • All we need is adequate shelter (or we provide a gazebo) and light for service to be carried out along with a flat area of a min 3x3mtrs for us to work within.

  • What happens if it rains?
    • We can carry and serve the hog inside, or we provide a gazebo* for the food, our equipment and the hog, so the rain has no effect on our oven or the service we provide, however you will need to provide shelter for your guests.

  • What if we don’t eat it all?
    • We will remove and dispose of any food left or if you provide containers or bowls then we will leave any food left with you.

General Booking and Payment Information and Terms

  • Payment Information
    • We do not store or have access to customer payment details that have been made through our PayPal payment system.

  • Bookings
    • All bookings are taken on a first come first served basis, dates can be provisionally held at discretion for 5 days only.  All quotations are valid for 2 weeks after this time it is assumed cancelled.  To proceed to a booking please confirm via phone or email to us and we will send out a booking contract, which must be hand signed and a copy sent back to us within 7 days along with a non-refundable deposit (Usually £150.00 or 10% whichever is greater) which is deducted from the outstanding balance which must be paid in full no later than 14 days prior to the event.

Cancellation Policy


  • Clients will receive a booking form / contract with details of their event and service, if the booking is cancelled by the client the deposit is non refundable, we must be informed in writing.  If the booking is cancelled within 8 weeks of the event date then the full amount outstanding must be paid in full.

  • Credit
    • We don’t provide a credit facility; all bookings must be paid in full at least 14 days prior to the event, unless at short notice and or otherwise agreed at the initial enquiry by Happy Hogs Catering.
  • Full Terms and Conditions of Service

Yorkshire Caterers

indoor or outdoor catering

Award Winning Caterers

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Leading Hog Roast Catering Award

Happy Hogs Catering have been awarded 'Leading Hog Roast Catering Services 2019' and 'Most Environmentally Friendly Wedding Caterers 2019'.

Wedding and Party Events Catering Company


We're barbecue caterers based near York, and serve the Yorkshire region with our free range hog roasts and free range barbecue outside catering services. We are sure to both make your mouth water, and wow guests with our amazing free range hog roast and BBQ catering services known locally as 'The' Caterers of choice for wedding and party event catering. Our friendly, polite, and dedicated uniformed team of outside caterers, will work diligently to provide a top class hog roast or barbecue service for your event, wedding reception, or special occasion.
We help to make informal dining a relaxed, enjoyable experience. Providing tasty free range special breed hog roast hire catering from near York, encompassing menus to suit all occasions and events. With our flaming hand-made home-made burgers and our own rubs and sauces for our ribs and amazing free range sausage really makes any event or occasion special with our catering delights. Our informal BBQ and slow roasted pig roast wedding dining packages are great value helping to make wedding dreams come true and have won us 'The Norths Wedding Caterers of the Year 2016, 2015 and 2014 and made us Finalists in 'The England and Wales Food Awards 2014 too. We have recently been nominated in the Countryside Alliance Awards, we have won Gold in the Bridebook and the Lux Wedding Awards and been a runner up in the Guides for Brides Wedding Awards.

Awards Winning Catering

Winners of 'The North of England Wedding Awards, The Lux Wedding Awards and Bridebook Wedding Awards - Caterers Category
Happy Hogs Caterers in York are pleased to have now won many various wedding industry awards in the catering categorys, going up against many Yorkshire and national catering specialists and we thank all of our clients that have voted for us in these prestigious awards.
Our hog roast hire and barbecue services in York are exceptional, from the professional polite uniformed staff that have both experience and food hygiene certificates, to the award winning elite quality free range meat that we use in all our barbecue menus all prepared in clean professional premises, regularly inspected by the EHO and maintain a 5 out of 5 star rating with full public liability insurance. We have a broad portfolio of clients we regularly provide outside catering for, from; Coca-Cola to Warburtons and many many individuals for which we have done wedding catering and party catering for allowing them to relax and enjoy themselves knowing that they are in the safest of hands that won’t let them down.
Our talented team of dedicated York hog roast and barbeque caterers work diligently all year round developing new and exciting menus that can be carried out in just about any surroundings and for any occasion for many hog roast hire occasions in Sheffield, Leeds, Hull and York areas. Our crisp free range hog roasts are the closest thing to culinary heaven we can think of as we bring out the amazing flavours of our elite award winning free range pigs and prepare some of the finest meat for our special bbq menus which is why our customers keep coming back to us over and over again for some of the finest bbq catering food ever tasted in Yorkshire.
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For a great tasting free range hog roast.


our customer reviews

  • Virgin Media Business Catering ReviewI just would like to thank you and your Team for you services today. The food was very good and the service exceptional. Thanks again,
    Sally King (Virgin Media Business - Team Assistant) Virgin Media Business Catering Review

    Virgin Media Business Catering Review
  •  Hi I just wanted to send a note today to say thank you for the food and service. The staff were great and it all went smoothly with no issues and the food was delicious.
    The team loved it. Thanks,
    Kelly Hughes (ASDA Project Co-ordinator) ASDA Catering Review

    ASDA Catering Review
  •  I would like to say a HUGE thank you for your support at our two recent BBQ Fun Days. We were certainly very lucky with the weather again (despite a small rain shower at the first event) and everyone had a wonderful time – I’ve had some lovely feedback from our guests about your BBQ food.It was a pleasure working with you again and no doubt I shall be in touch again next year!
    Jane Fitzpatrick (Plant Assistant, Coca-Cola Enterprise)

  • Bluetree Group Catering ReviewI just wanted to say a big thank you to you from everyone here at Bluetree. We really enjoyed all the food that you provided for us last Friday – the BBQ was great quality, well cooked and very well organised -no long queues as we’ve experienced with other caterers! Thank you so much!
    Jessie May (Bluetree Group - PA to Directors) Bluetree Group Catering Review

    Bluetree Group Catering Review
  • 360 Business Law Catering ReviewI just wanted to say a massive thank you to the team that came to our party on Saturday – the hog roast was delicious and the staff were brilliant – they were very polite and happy and did a great job – please pass on our thanks to them. Kind Regards,
    Amanda J. Williams (Head of Commercial Law - 360 Business Law) 360 Business Law Catering Review

    360 Business Law Catering Review