Burger Wars fundraiser back to help kids in need

Annapolis Valley Register - - EXTRAS - BY LAWRENCE POW­ELL ANNAPOLISSPECTATOR.CA AN­NAPO­LIS VAL­LEY

Din­ing out is about to get se­ri­ous in the An­napo­lis Val­ley. Burger Wars is back and com­ing to a restau­rant near you.

From April 1 to April 30, chefs will serve new culi­nary mas­ter­pieces es­pe­cially cre­ated for this Cam­paign for Kids fundraiser. A buck from each burger goes to the Kings County char­ity that helps kids in need.

“En­tries go from Middleton to Wind­sor,” said this year’s or­ga­nizer Andy Forse. “We don’t have fi­nal num­bers yet but we expect be­tween 25 and 30 par­tic­i­pants this year. Last year there were 23 en­trants and 5,217 burg­ers sold.”

For the real burger afi­ciona­dos the month-long com­pe­ti­tion is seen as a per­sonal chal­lenge with some peo­ple sam­pling each burger in a gour­mand tour across the re­gion.

Last year’s Burger Wars win­ner was Old Or­chard Inn, Forse said, ex­plain­ing the win­ner is de­cided by vot­ing through the web­site. But the restau­rant with the most burg­ers sold also re­ceives an award.

Burg­ers Sold

Last year there were two burger joints in a tie for sell­ing the most.

“Port Pub in Port Wil­liams and Jonny’s in Ber­wick tied for most burg­ers sold with 662 each,” Forse said. “Peo­ple go to the Burger Wars web­site and vote on the burger they tried – and votes are av­er­aged for best score.”

There were some good ri­val­ries last year, Forse said, but he hopes that will heat up in the 2017 Burger Wars.

“Most no­tably was Paddy’s in Kentville hav­ing a side bet with Paddy’s in Wolfville,” said Forse about the ri­val­ries.

“We were a lit­tle ner­vous about get­ting par­tic­i­pa­tion for the first year but the restau­rants, start­ing with Kings Arms Pub in Kentville, were amaz­ing,” Forse said. “They were all so sup­port­ive and many restau­rants made do­na­tions above and be­yond the $1 per burger sold. By the end, some restau­rants that ini­tially re­fused were ask­ing to get in the com­pe­ti­tion be­cause re­sponse was so strong.”

Help­ing Kids

“With the pro­ceeds (along with other fundrais­ing done in the year), CFK had a spe­cial project last year where we pur­chased win­ter cloth­ing (boots, pants and jack­ets) for needy stu­dents at ev­ery kings county school,” said Forse, not­ing the cost was al­most $15,000.

“With­out Burger Wars we prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been able to meet that need,” Forse said.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to: http://cam­paign­forkids.com/ burg­er­wars/

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