Calling all burger fans! This October, don’t miss the first annual Battle of the Burger festival at Cheney Stadium, where you can help be the judge of the best burger in the region. With several competitors from all around Washington state ready to fire up their grills, festival-goers can enjoy a variety of different burgers competing in a number of categories at this fun family-friendly event on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

While admission to the Battle of the Burger is free to all ages, visitors can indulge in an impressive selection of unique burgers available to choose from, with something available for every taste. Whether you love an all-American traditional beef burger or prefer chicken, seafood or vegetarian options, restaurants from across the region are stepping up to the plate with their very best burgers in hopes of taking home the gold. Flights of burger sliders will be available to purchase, so attendees can try five different varieties of burger before placing their votes for the very best. Enjoy a number of other food, beverage and shopping vendors, as well as a beer garden for visitors ages 21 and over.

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The first annual Battle of the Burger festival will be held at Cheney Stadium on October 26, 2019. Photo courtesy: South Sound Productions LLC

“There are other Battle of the Burger competitions around the region, but this one is unique because it’s free to the public and the winners chosen by an audience-driven vote,” Jennifer McMillen, founder of South Sound Productions and event manager for Battle of the Burger states. “As navy veteran and a military family owned small business, we wanted this event to not only be fun and family friendly, but also to bring the community together.”

Competitors in this fall’s Battle of the Burger festival include:

Axe and Arrow Gastropub

Axe and Arrow, a firefighter- and veteran-owned gastropub from Bremerton, will be joining in the competition at Cheney Stadium and is best known for their locally sourced Northwest cuisine, including their Waygu Burger Deluxe with Washington raised beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, thick Applewood smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.

Ricardo’s Kitchen & Bar

Ricardo’s Kitchen & Bar is a local family-owned steakhouse in Lacey, where they proudly serve top grade ingredients from local vendors, including custom dry aged beef. Ricardo’s popular 80/20 burger features dry-aged steak with ground bacon, topped with the works and drizzled with house vinaigrette.

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Slainte will be on stage at Battle of the Burger. Photo courtesy: South Sound Productions LLC

The Cattleman

Coming all the way from Yelm, The Cattleman know a thing or two about steaks and burgers. Learning from their time spent down south, this local steakhouse features nine different specialty burgers ranging from their spicy Barn Burner burger to their two and a half pound Big Buck Burger.

Street Eats Mobile Eatery

This South Sound mobile food truck prefers to be considered a chef’s kitchen on wheels, and their motto simply states, “We just want to feed you.” Enjoy Street Eat’s handcrafted, seasonal and locally sourced cuisine, like their fan favorite Fat Stack Burger featuring juicy Painted Hills beef, crispy bacon and fresh local produce to top it off. 

Nici’s Pacific Northwest Cuisine

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The 133rd Army National Guard Band call themselves Full Metal Racket. Photo courtesy: South Sound Productions LLC

Making the trip all the way from Yakima, Nici’s Pacific Northwest Cuisine is known for using local ingredients only. While they have a fresh take on many different types of meals, Nici’s burgers are up to the task of battling it out at Battle of the Burger.

VeGo Eatz

New to Puyallup, VeGo Eatz is known for fresh vegan and vegetarian food on the go. Even though there is no meat involved, one of VeGo Eatz’s most popular menu items is their plant-based Impossible Burger featuring a vegan Impossible Burger patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and their special VeGo sauce on sourdough bun.

Early bird packages are available online now, where visitors can purchase a flight of five burger sliders for $30. The early bird package also includes a commemorative Battle of the Burger plate, as well as five burger tokens to be used at different the stations of different burger competitors. A number of other packages are available to purchase for both children and adults, and veterans and military families can show their IDs at the Battle of the Burger token booth to receive a discount on burger flights.

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Country music star Aaron Crawford. Photo courtesy: South Sound Productions LLC

As this event falls just days before Halloween, children are encouraged to dress up in costume and can enjoy trick or treating around vendor booths throughout the festival. Parents can register their children online for trick or treating as a way to help Battle of the Burger know how much candy to supply at the event. Kids will also be able to enjoy playing at the Tacoma Rainier’s playground located inside Cheney Stadium.

The 133rd Army National Guard Band (who call themselves Full Metal Racket), Slainte and Aaron Crawford will take to the stage to provide musical entertainment.

Battle of the Burger will take place at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma on Saturday October, 26, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Parking and admission into this event are free to all ages, and more information can be found on Battle of the Burger’s Facebook event page.

South Sound Productions is proud to make this event possible with the help of their sponsors 96.5 JACK FM, SouthSoundTalk, T-Mobile, Axe & Arrow Gastropub, Costco, Hello Fresh, Clear Creek RV Center, Genuine Auto Glass and DuPont Realty Group.  

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