Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Best Memphis Burger Fest Set for September 30th

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

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The first Best Memphis Burger Fest is set for Sunday, September 30th, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., in the parking lot of Minglewood Hall.

The festival is an off-shoot of sorts of the Best Memphis Burger blog, created by Seth Agranov about 10 months ago in a quest to find the city's best burger.

Says Agranov, who works in IT, "I'm just a geek who likes to eat."

In those 10 months, Agranov and guest reviewers have eaten around 50 burgers for the blog, and Agranov has become a active voice on Twitter, especially regarding food. And it was, in fact, a Twitter conversation, that led to the festival.

Agranov, who's been on teams for the hot wing contest and barbecue fest, had a specific vision for the burger fest ... It would be small and fun with lots of beer to drink with funds raised going to charity.

The festival will be a competition, and what is particularly interesting is that it's open to amateurs and pros alike, so that a cook representing Huey's cook could very well go against a guy who's never cooked outside of his own backyard.

The competition will have veggie burger and "anything but" categories, as well as an extreme burger category for burgers weighing 2 pounds or more. In the works, too, is an eating competition with teams and heats.

To even the playing field for the contest, Agranov says, burgers will be prepared on-site and that includes marinading and seasoning. Judging will follow Kansas City-style rules.

Similar to the hot wing contest, competitors can give out samples and accept donations. Funds raised will go to the Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. Spay & Neuter staffer Stephanie Bennett is helping put together the festival.

There will also be several food vendors and live music.

As for his own tastes in burgers, Agranov says, "For me, it's good meat and simplicity. If you overdo it with ingredients, if it's too fluffy, that distracts from the flavor."

For more information on the festival, go to bestmemphisburgerfest.com.

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