Recap: 4 things you missed during the 3rd Annual Birmingham Burger Fest

Birmingham, Birmingham Burger Fest 2019, Avondale, Avondale Brewing Co., ALS Association

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Junior Board, Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association. Photo by Morgan Worsham

The grills were on fire at Avondale Brewing Company during the 3rd Annual Birmingham Burger Fest on July 27. Here are four things you missed during this exciting and totally scrumptious fundraiser benefiting the Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association.

1. Sights, Sounds and Aromas

Delicious eats at Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Birmingham Burger Fest was filled with a number of great sights and sounds. Not to mention incredible burger-licious aromas that instantly made mouths water and bellies eager to chow down.

Live music during Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

There was also:

  • Live music from Lauren Hughes and the Black Belt Brigade and The Talismen.
  • Delicious, foamy craft beer from Avondale Brewing Company.
  • Exciting raffles and prizes.
  • Fun games for kids and adults.

2. Grill Masters and Burger Trophies

The grills were on fire at Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

To produce enough burgers to feed the hungry crowd of attendees, there had to be some mad skills behind the grills, right? You better believe it! 

Some of Birmingham’s best restaurant chefs were battling it out at the event for a chance to win the award for best burger. 

Maggie’s Farm Food Truck. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Here’s who competed:

  • Carlile’s Barbecue
  • Billy’s Bar and Grill
  • Maggie’s Farm Food Truck
  • 5 Points Public House
  • Harvest Bar and Restaurant
  • The Craft Burger
Birmingham Burger Fest trophies. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Picking a winner amongst these contestants must have been tough! So who won the emphasis burger trophy? Seriously, the trophy sports a large and totally awesome burger.

The Craft Burger. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Best Burger: The Craft Burger

People’s Choice: Maggie’s Farm Fresh Food Truck

3. A Successful Event

Burgers and friends. Photo by Morgan Worsham

The Birmingham Burger Fest is the ALS Junior Board’s largest annual event. And each year, it has continued to grow in size.  Here’s a look at how many people have attended the event each year: 

  • Burger Fest 2017: 350
  • Burger Fest 2018: 450
  • Burger Fest 2019: 500
Doggy smiles. Photo by Morgan Worsham

“This year’s Burger Fest was really where I saw us coming into our own and learning from the past two years. This was also a great showing to the people of Birmingham that Burger Fest is an event you want to come to. Everyone had fun, from the competitors and guests to the judges and bands that played.”

Kate Joyce, President and founding member, ALS Association Alabama Chapter Junior Board

4. The Kick-Off to the Walk to Defeat ALS Season

Billy’s, Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

The fundraising efforts don’t stop just because the Birmingham Burger Fest has ended. No way!

After all that carbo-loading done during the event, it’s now time to get those athletic shoes ready for the Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, September 28 at Homewood Central Park. 

Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Walk Info:

Location: Homewood Central Park. 1632 Oxmoor Rd., Homewood, AL 35209
Date: Saturday, September 28
Check-In Time: 10AM
Start Time: 11AM
Walk Distance: 3 laps or 1.1 miles

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2018 Best Burger champions, Carlile’s. Photo by Morgan Worsham

Don’t think walking makes a difference? It does! According to the ALS Association, participating in walks is the most influential way to lend help and hope to patients and families living with ALS. 

In fact, 60% of the Alabama Chapter of the ALS Association’s income is raised through the Walk to Defeat ALS Program. 

Your participation also helps:

  • Support those living with ALS in the community.
  • Advance global research and public policy initiatives aimed at finding treatments and a cure for the disease.
Birmingham Burger Fest. Photo by Morgan Worsham

So make a difference. Register to walk.

Unable to attend, but would like to contribute to the cause? Donate here.

Did you miss this year’s Birmingham Burger Fest? 

Be sure to catch this must-attend event when it rolls around next year. It’s sure to be bigger, badder and bolder! More on the AL Chapter of the ALS Association.

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