Burger Fest



Celebrating 129 Years

The Village of Hamburg will mark the 129th birthday of the hamburger at Burger Fest on Saturday, July 19 from noon to 11:30 p.m. Located along Main and Buffalo Streets (Rte. 62) and in the Municipal Parking Lot, the festival offers something for people of all ages and interests. Distinctive food offerings will be found at The Taste of Hamburg which showcases samples of the best offerings of about 25 local restaurants.

The one-day festival includes live music in three locations throughout the day, children’s activities and inflatable rides at First Niagara Bank Kids Space; an arts and crafts show and sale, the Key Bank Classic Car Show, the Lake Shore Savings Bank Bed Parade, the Labatt beer tent and the Uncle Joe’s Hamburger-eating contest.

The festival celebrates Hamburg, N.Y. as the true birthplace of America’s favorite sandwich, the hamburger, at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885. The annual festival is hosted on the third Saturday of July by the Rotary Club of Hamburg, the Hamburg Rotary Sunrise Club, the Town of Hamburg Lions Club and the Hamburg Kiwanis Club. Hamburg held its first Burger Fest in 1985 to mark the100th anniversary of the birth of the hamburger after organizers discovered a history book detailing the burger’s origins. Frank and Charles Menches, food vendors who traveled the world’s fair circuit, and who have been credited with also creating Cracker Jacks and ice cream cones, concocted the all-American burger.


Legend has it that the Menches brothers ran out of their usual pork sausage that hot, fateful day at the fair and turned to local butchers to replenish their supplies. When no pork was available, a butcher suggested ground beef. The Menches brothers purchased the beef, but added secret ingredients, including coffee grounds to create a unique flavor. The hamburger was born! When asked the name of this wonderful concoction, one of the brothers reportedly looked up at the Hamburg Fairgrounds sign and commented, “It is the Hamburger, of course.” For a schedule of events, vendor registration forms and other information about Burger Fest, please visit our website at www.hamburgburgerfest.com. There you will find a schedule of music and events (as they are finalized) and registration forms for participation.


For general information contact Burger Fest 2014 Coordinator Gary Rog at 716-220-2926 (gtrog44@gmail) or Publicity & Promotions Chair Eileen Hotho at 648-4167 (eah32@live.com). For information on the Taste of Hamburg contact Alan Adema at 716-861-8016. For information on participating as a street vendor for business, not-for-profit or arts and crafts exhibition and sales contact Sue Ganey at 716-627-9694. For information on the Rotary Club’s KeyBank Classic Car Show, contact Dave Woollley at 716-998-2403 (email daw@lawoolley.com). For information on Kidspace contact Phil Durkin at 716-430-0019 (email pdurkin@sageig.com). To find out more about the Bed Parade contact Bruno Lombardo at 716-725-9231.