We celebrate burgers year-round on AHT, but there seem to be more burger-centric festivities than usual as summer winds down. Here are some upcoming burger events through September:
National Hamburger Festival in Akron, OH
Date: August 18 (12 to 9 p.m.) & 19 (12 to 7 p.m.)
Admission: $5, free for children under 48" (no online ticketing)
Location: Lock 3 Park, 200 S Main St, Akron, OH 44308 (map)
Features: Burger-eating contests, "Bobbing for Burgers" contest, live local bands, National Hamburger Festival Queen Pageant, over 20 food vendors, and more
Denver Burger Battle in Denver, CO
Date: August 22 (7 to 9:30 p.m.)
Admission: $75 GA / $95 VIP (buy tickets online)
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant Street #700, Denver, CO 80204 (map)
Features: "Taste 12 of the best burgers in Denver all in one downtown event—vote the best. Net proceeds to benefit hunger charities in Denver."
Superburger in Montauk, NY
Date: August 25 (1 to 4 p.m.)
Admission: $135 (buy tickets online)
Location: 32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954 (map)
Features: Eleven New York chefs—including Seamus Mullen, Alex Stupak, and Zak Pelaccio—will compete for the Superburger crown and a slot in the 2012 New York City Burger Bash. "The price of admission gets you unlimited access to the chefs, the burgers and the booze to wash it all down."
Burger Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand
Date: Ongoing until August 29
Admission: Price of meal
Location: Restaurants around the city
Features: As part of the food festival Wellington On a Plate, burger lovers are invited to try burgers at 63 restaurants in Wellington and vote on their favorites. The top five restaurants with the highest average scores will compete in a final cook off on August 29.
Taste of Hamburger Festival in Hamburg, PA
Date: September 1 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
Admission: Free (nominal fee for parking)
Location: Downtown Hamburg, PA 19526 (map)
Features: Burger-eating contests, burger cook-off contest, three stages of live music, a beer garden, a children's petting zoo, contests, folk and local art, hamburgers from over 30 stands
Montreal Burger Week in Montreal, Canada
Date: September 1 to 7
Features: "Burger Week Montreal is a unique dining experience that invites you to discover & savour special burgers at special prices. Your online votes and a few celebrity judges will help declare the city's best!" More details TBD
Sacramento Burger Battle in Sacramento, CA
Date: September 18 (7 to 10 p.m)
Admission: $55 GA / $75 VIP (buy tickets online)
Location: Raley Field, West Sacramento, CA (map)
Features: All the burger samples you can eat from 15 restaurants, dessert samples from local vendors, craft beer, cider, and wine tastings, a chance to cast your vote for the People's Choice Best Burger award, and more. Ticket sales benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America charity.
Best Memphis Burger Fest in Memphis, TN
Date: September 30 (10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Location: Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104 (map)
Features: Burger cooking competitions, burger eating competitions, live music, food trucks, pet adoption opportunities, and more. All donations and proceeds raised by the competition will go to Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services.