Best Memphis Burger Fest Sept. 30: What You Need to Know

Memphis, it’s time to get your game face on.

There’s about 40 hours and counting until the first ever Best Memphis Burger Fest, and founder Seth Arganov has some last minute tidbits to share with you to get your mouth drooling in time for the competition Sunday, Sept. 30, at Minglewood Hall.

The festival is free, but all donations benefit Mid-South Spay and Neuter Services. A whopping 22 teams have signed up, exceeding planner’s expectations.

In addition to burger critiquing, there will be food trucks, a corn hole tournament, a Memphis Grizzlies inflatable play area, a pet adoption area, NFL football watch stations and live music from four local bands. And as of last week, a new competition was added: Best Sidewalk Chalk Burger. This one is for kids and everyone is a winner.

Between all four burger and eating competitions, there’s more than $2,000 in cash prizes going out. If the winner of the main Best Memphis Burger category is not from a restaurant team, Kooky Canuck will feature that burger on his menu for one week.

For the Kookamonga Team Eating challenge, five to seven teams will be competing for $200 in cash and prizes to see who can consume the most of the 7.5-pound burger in 10 minutes.

The festival will use Kansas City-style barbecue rules, with judges turning their votes into a blind box. An Excel spreadsheet will then determine different weights assigned to various criteria like presentation and juiciness, with taste having the highest influence.

Here is the list of judges for each category:

Best Memphis Burger Category

  1. Jennifer Biggs – Commercial Appeal
  2. Andy Wise – WMCTV Channel 5
  3. Marcus Hunter – Fox 13 Memphis
  4. Tawanda Pirtle – Jack Pirtle’s Chicken
  5. Kerry Crawford – ilovememphisblog.com
  6. Stacey Greenberg – Dining with Monkeys Blog
  7. Sarah Baker – Memphis Daily News
  8. Paul Ryburn – Paul Ryburn’s Journal Blog
  9. Jeremy Park – Lipscomb & Pitts
  10. Kevin Cerrito – MSL AM560
  11. Mamie Shannon – WKNO Local Color
  12. Marsha Hale – ShareMemphis.net
  13. Patrick Wyatt – SpayMemphis.org
  14. Tonya Powers – 600 WREC Radio
  15. Pat Mitchell Worley – WKNO Local Color
  16. Leslie Skelton – Hoop City Memphis
  17. Pete Johnson – Grahamwood Elementary School
  18. Joyce Ginkel – Walnut Grove Animal Clinic
  19. Todd Bourne – Memphis Dawgs
  20. Chris Jarman – 98.1 The Max

Veggie Burger Category

  1. Amy Hoyt
  2. Margot McNeeley – Project Green Fork
  3. Justin Fox Burks – http://www.thechubbyvegetarian.com
  4. Jennifer Chandler – www.cookwithjennifer.com
  5. Jason Smith – Cycle Memphis
  6. Tonya Tittle – http://www.energymemphis.com/
  7. Nathan Tipton
  8. Mary Fryman

Anything But Category

  1. Jeff Davis
  2. Jimmy Rainey
  3. Jason Doty – Blues City Coffee
  4. Daniel Lissner
  5. Tom Cassidy
  6. Mamie Shannon – Local Color Host
  7. Todd Bourne – Memphis Dawgs
  8. Cole Giovannetti
  9. Melissa Peterson – Edible Memphis
  10. Susan Davis – Spay Memphis Board
  11. John Sanders – Hollywood Feed
  12. Matthew Irwin – Hollywood Feed
  13. Shane Adams
  14. Stacey Greenberg – Dining with Monkeys Blog
  15. Jessica Isbell
  16. Vince Van Scoy

The winning Best Memphis Burger Fest team will automatically qualify to compete at the World Food Championships, an invitation-only competition this November in Las Vegas. Of course, that’s in addition to bragging rights and this scrumptious trophy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments are closed.

Dansette

google