Ireland’s First National Burger Festival

Ireland's first nationwide burger festival, BurgerFest 2018, has been confirmed as taking place from January 22nd - 29th at locations across the country.

The festival is designed to showcase the most creative and delicious burgers Ireland has to offer, as well as hosting burger-related events, tastings and demos to wash away the January blues.

Over 300 venues throughout Ireland will be participating in the eight day festival, which culminates in a competition to find Ireland’s best burger, as well as the best burger in every county. Pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafés and fast food outlets across the 32 counties will be competing for their burger to win the title. The public will get the opportunity to vote for their favourite burger using the hashtag #IrishBurgerFest.

Participation is €95 per venue, and each venue can decide how they want to participate - by organising pop-up events, man versus food challenges, food demonstrations or creating their own unique daily burger specials.

The festival is the brainchild of the team behind Festival Crew, who between them have over 30 years experience creating and managing food and drinks festivals, including Oktoberfest Beag, FEAST and Cork Food Festival, each attracting up to 28,000 visitors.

Ernest Cantillon, co-founder of Festival Crew and owner of some of Cork’s leading food and drink venues, including Electric and Sober Lane, said: “As a venue owner myself I know that, rather than drawing in crowds, festivals often take people away from the pubs and restaurants. What we want to do is to bring the festival to the venues and drive footfall for them, as well as putting on a great event for the public. Our business model is low cost and low risk, and has proved to be hugely successful. We already have some amazing venues on board for the Burger Festival and we are looking forward to working with many more across the country.”

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