03/24/2015 11:29 EDT | Updated 03/24/2015 11:59 EDT

Pig Cafe In London Plans To Show The Love For Swine

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CHRISTCHURCH, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 03: Six week old micro pigs inside the house in the arms of Jane Croft at Little Pig Farm on April 03, 2010 in Christchurch, Cambridgeshire, England. Micro pig and miniature pot bellied pig breeder Jane Croft provides a loving environment for the piglets for the first few weeks of their lives until they find a home. Sharing her home with her dog, Daisy, and house cat, Hector, the piglets eat, sleep and play together with her pets. Costing between GBP £550.00 and GBP £1,200.00, the intelligent animals like to keep exceptionally clean and love company. No larger than 18 inches tall when fully grown at 3 years old, the miniature breeds make such good pets their popularity is booming worldwide - even Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, visited Jane's farm to buy two micro-pigs for his sisters. (Photo by Mark Clifford/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)

Don’t be fooled by the name of London’s latest, animal-themed pop-up event. For there will be no bacon at the ‘Pignic.’

Nay, because at the pop-up event in May, the guests of honour will be the piglets themselves, tiny micro pigs that have become all the rage among pet owners who mistakenly believe that the petite porkers will stay small enough to fit into a teacup.

Expect lots of squealing at The London Pop-Up Pignic from both piglets and people alike, with guests invited to mingle with a litter of teacup pigs, as they’re also called.

And in line with the cat and owl-themed cafés that have also become all the rage in London, the aim of the Pignic is likewise to raise awareness about animal welfare, this time for prospective teacup pig owners who may not realize that the adorable baby piglets will, undoubtedly, swell up to the size of a large dog, much to the chagrin of owners who were told otherwise.

In addition to food, pig-themed cocktails and activities, participants will be educated about micro pigs and the realities of micro pig ownership by breeders PetPiggies.

After enjoying widespread popularity in Japan, the concept of cat and owl-themed cafes have traveled overseas to the U.K., France, the U.S., Asia and Canada. The Yelp-associated Pignic in London, however, marks a new breed of animal-themed pop-ups.

Tickets for the Pignic are £30 ($45 USD). The event will be held at The Proud Archivist, a hybrid gallery, restaurant and cafe on Regent’s Canal May 21-25.


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