Burgerfest hits Hamburg this weekend
blog by Kathryn Przybyla • July 19, 2012 @ 8:00am
As skeptical as I may be that the hamburger was actually invented in Hamburg, you can’t argue with a good thing.
One of America’s greatest grilled foods, the hamburger will be celebrated in all its glory at Burgerfest, held in Hamburg, N.Y.
According to Burgerfest,
In 1885 vendors from Ohio, Frank and Charles Menches, established a food concession at what was to be later named the Erie County Fair. Their specialty was a sliced, grilled sausage patty served on a round bun. Running out of their sausage, they sought a local butcher who only had ground beef readily available.
They mixed spices with the meat, including brown sugar and coffee, and made patties to fit the round buns. The coffee after-taste kept patrons returning for more of this new sandwich. A local reporter, noting the excitement, asked the brothers what this new sensation was called. Without much hesitation, they named it the hamburger after the town they were in, Hamburg, NY.
Festivities kick off at noon this Saturday at Main and Buffalo Streets in Hamburg.
Other entertainment includes live music, burger eating contest, classic car show and a highly anticipated “burgers, beds and buns” race.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, check out the Burgerfest website. If that doesn’t excite you enough for a beef patty, check out these five fun facts about burgers, below.
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