Thursday, October 26, 2017

Burger Fest Founder Calls It Quits

Posted By on Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 3:58 PM

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Seth Agranov, founder of the Best Memphis Burger Fest, announced today that he is walking away from the festival, due, in part, to declining attendance and increasing time demands. He says he hopes someone will take over the festival.

From the statement:

Over the past six years, Burger Fest has become a passion and a love affair of mine. I’ve put everything into it and in return, it’s paid me back with a renewed faith and admiration for this great city, a love for the people in it and amazement at my own abilities to make a difference, even on a small scale.  ...

I started Burger Fest with a goal in mind and a dream of what it one day could be. As a fundraiser and cooking competition, it has far surpassed all my goals. As for my dream, it remains just that for now. I am content knowing I never said, “what if I …” or “I wish I had…” ....

I will miss it like nothing else, but I feel strongly that the time to walk away is now. I have no regrets. On the contrary, I have a heart overflowing with love for the people, organizations and teams associated with Burger Fest and those that helped me reach all my festival goals. Maybe I did live my dream? Nonetheless, I am proud to step off this ride knowing that what I may have created very quickly grew into something way bigger than me. I owe everything to you all – my family, my friends, my sponsors, my teams, my Burger Squad, my Memphis. ...

The amazing thing about giving is that it becomes addictive. I can never stop giving back to the city that has given me so much. I’d like to remain involved with Memphis Paws and continue to be a part of the local food scene. I still think the best is yet to come. I’m also happy to make all my resources available to anyone interested in continuing Best Memphis Burger Fest. I really hope someone does.

Dr. Seuss said, “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Today, I am smiling!

To you all and for all you’ve done – I am forever grateful. The unknown is exciting. I look forward to sharing it with you.


Seth Agranov
President, Memphis Paws, Inc.
Founder & Director, Best Memphis Burger Fest

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