There were burgers as far as the eye could see — award winning burgers, national chain burgers, local Akron restaurants, and even some restaurants from the Mahoning Valley were represented. It was a burger fanatics dream come true — the National Hamburger Festival (NHF).
The festival has been held at Lock 3 in Akron for the past five years, with proceeds going to the Akron Children’s Hospital. With over 20 restaurants competing for the 2010 NHF Awards, there were many different kinds of burgers to sample.
The MVBRB took the trip to Akron to see what the Festival was all about. There was a little bit of everything — and plenty of burgers.
There was a great time to be had by everyone who went. I tried three different burgers and thought this competition was wide open because they all tasted so good.
Best Beacon Burger – Metro Burger
Traditional – Eat ‘n Park
Creative – Martini Brothers
Toppings /Special Sauce – Steel Trolley Diner
Cheeseburger – Menches.
(Two restaurants the MVBRB reviewed took home awards; Martini Bros (1st Creative and 3rd Best Beacon), and Steel Trolley Diner (1st Toppings/Special Sauce).
Other events were the Miss Hamburger Pageant; the Baby Burger Contest; Bobbing for Burgers; and the Ohio Hamburger Eating Championship. There was also live music and a kids zone.