The Sixth Annual Philadelphia Burger Brawl presented by Comcast Business will be held on Sunday, June 26, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., VIP access starts at 3:00 p.m. XFINITY Live hosts the event at 1100 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148. The event will be held rain or shine.
The event will feature restaurants presenting their versions of Philadelphia’s best burger and (for the first time) best taco. Organizers expect 40 burger contenders and 12 taco contenders. Guests 21 and over also can sample signature specialty cocktails using Jim Beam and Sauza Hornitos from approximately 20 competing bars.
Winners will be determined by a panel of judges including Mike Jerrick from Fox 29, Matt Cord and Steve Morrison from WMMR, former Philadelphia Phillies player Garry Maddox. Im also so excited to be part of the judging panel. Prizes will also be awarded for the People’s Choice winner in each category and every attendee’s vote counts.
Burger Brawl contenders scheduled to participate to date include:
2312 Garrett Bar, A. Bar, Amanda’s Bar None, Bareburger, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., Butcher & Singer, Broad Street Ministry, Burger Fi, The Dandelion, Fine Palate, Fireside Smoke House, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Hugo’s Frog Bar and Chop House, La Peg Brasserie, Lucky’s Last Chance, Moonshine Philly, NBC Sports Arena, New Wave Café, Parc, P’unk Burger, Pineville Tavern, Prime Stache, Revolution House, Rogue’s Gallery, Rouge, Samwich by Suppa, Spot Burger, Steam Pub, Taproom on 19th, Twisted Tail, Valley Beach, Village Whiskey, Vintage Wine Bar.
Taco Takedown contenders to date include:
1100 Social, Buena Onda, Café Ynez, El Vez, IndeBlue, Heffe Tacos, Loco Pez, Lolita, Revolution Taco, Sancho Pistola’s, Taqueria Feliz, Wahoo’s Tacos.
The event began as a neighborhood fundraiser for founders Rob and Maggie Wasserman’s children’s school, The William M. Meredith Elementary School, in South Philadelphia. Five years ago, their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends to create a small event at Fleisher Art Memorial that would eventually fund a new computer lab for Meredith. Burger Brawl soon outgrew Fleisher and in 2014 moved to the XFINITY Live! Complex. More than 3,000 people attended and more than 50 restaurants participated. After funding one computer lab and two technology initiatives, Burger Brawl has set even higher goals.
The Philadelphia Burger Brawl is one of the partners with The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the Olitsky Family Foundation, AIM Academy (Academy in Manayunk), and The Philadelphia School District to run a four year pilot program for two Philadelphia public schools that were selected based upon district- wide RFP process in 2014; Andrew Jackson Elementary School located at 1213 South 12th Street, in South Philadelphia and the William H. Ziegler School, located at 5935 Saul Street in Northeast Philadelphia. This four year pilot program will utilize technology to increase literacy for elementary school age children. If the program proves successful, it could be rolled out district-wide. A portion of the proceeds from this day will go to Compete 360, an organization founded by Garry Maddox to support the education and development of urban youth.
Tickets are available at www.phillyburgerbrawl.com and sold exclusively through Ticketfly.com.
General admission tickets are $50 and include one vote for the best burger and a complimentary beverage.
VIP tickets are $125 and provide early access for one hour to explore and sample the 60 contenders at this year’s event, as well as access to a VIP lounge, opportunities to meet celebrity judges and one vote for your choice of best burger.
Children ten years old and younger will be admitted free. Guests who are ages 11-21 can purchase tickets for $35. Tickets will not be sold at the door.
Parking for the Burger Brawl at XFINITY Live! is free.
The Sixth Annual Burger Brawl is presented by Comcast Business. SloaneAutos.com (Sloane Toyota Malvern, Sloane Toyota Philadelphia, Sloane Toyota Glenside, Sloane Honda, BMW of Devon) is the Heavyweight Sponsor. Other supporters include Agile Cat, Arc Document Solutions, Arway Linen Co., Comcast Spectacor, Eastern Pass Tattoo Company, EMR Company, Firstrust Bank, The Governor’s Woods Foundation, Home Depot, Martin’s Famous Potato Rolls, Multi-Flow Fountain-Dispensed Beverage Solutions, Origlio Beverage, Peco, Southern Wine & Spirits of Pennsylvania, Sugar House Casino, The Tuttleman Foundation and Wells Fargo Bank. Media partners are Billypenn.com, CBS Radio, Philly.com and WMMR 93.3.
For more information please visit www.phillyburgerbrawl.com. Stay in touch with the latest event updates on Twitter @PHLBurgerBrawl and Facebook @Philadelphia Burger Brawl.