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City to Hold Burger Festival in August

By Staff


CheeseburgerThe Great American Backyard Burger Festival will take place at Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Park, downtown, from Aug.21 to Aug. 23, city officials stated. The three-day event will bring local, professional and amateur hamburger chefs together, with an amateur chef competition for the title of “Best Backyard Burger of Rochester.”

“The Great American Backyard Burger Festival will add a new flavor to our already robust lineup of summer events in downtown, by providing an opportunity for local chefs to show off their work, and for participants to enjoy another great summer festival,” Mayor Lovely Warren stated. “Events that bring people together make a positive impact on our economy, and the vitality of our downtown.”

Area restaurants and chefs will sell sample size burgers in over 50 styles and tastes, and amateur cooks and chefs will have the opportunity to compete for the title of “Best Backyard Burger of Rochester.”

The competition, open to individuals and teams, will be judged through an anonymous tasting. In addition, the entry voted “Best Backyard Burger of Rochester” will win a gas grill donated by festival sponsor Home Depot.

Other highlights of the festival include the Nick Tahou Burger Garbage Plate eating competition, burger making demonstrations by Rochester celebrity guest chefs, live Blues music, and a kids playground area.

Competition rules and entry forms are available at, as well as a music schedule, parking information, and additional activities.

Festival hours will be as follows: Noon to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21 and Saturday, Aug. 22; and noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23. Admission will be free, daily, until 5 p.m., and then $3 per person after 5 p.m. Children 12 and under will be free, and must be accompanied by an adult.