CALGARY, Alta. — Alberta Burger Fest, presented by Alberta Beef, is kicking off its 2016 festival with a record number of restaurant participants.
More than 100 locally owned restaurants will participate in the festival, which runs May 6 to 15 and raises money for Kids Up Front, Kids Cancer Care, Ronald McDonald House Southern Alberta, Bullying Ends Here and Missing Children Society of Canada.
“I’ve been a part of Alberta Burger Fest since its earlier inception in 2013,” says festival founder Terry Lo. “We’ve grown from a handful of local restaurants battling for the title of Best Burger in Calgary to more than 100 restaurants in 2016. We’ve capped the number of participants in the past, but this year we opened it up to any locally owned restaurant who wanted to compete.”
This year, the festival will debut its first burger from an Indian restaurant, its first vegetarian burger and its first food-truck participants. There will also be burger bus and walking tours in association with Calgary Brewery Tours, the local craft breweries and Yelp. In addition, local cooking school, Cuisine+Chateau, will offer “The Art of The Burger” cooking workshop on May 15 with a portion of the proceeds going to the charities.