Big­ger taste

Taste of Ham­burg- er adds ex­tra block to of­fer­ings

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T he Taste of Ham­burg- er Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues to get big­ger and bet­ter, ac­cord­ing its or­ga­niz­ers. The 14th an­nual event will be held from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Satur­day in down­town Ham­burg. Ad­mis­sion and on- street park­ing is avail­able for free. There will also be des­ig­nated park­ing ar­eas for $ 5, in­clud­ing: Ham­burg Field House at rear of 127 S. Fourth St.; Ham­burg Area High School park­ing lot, 701Wind­sor St.; park­ing lot at 137 Schuylkill Ave. be­tween State Street and the Schuylkill River, and park­ing lot at Grand and Front streets.

Deena Ker­sh­ner, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Our Town Foun­da­tion, the event’s or­ga­nizer, said this year’s fes­ti­val was ex­tended an ex­tra block to the 100 block of South Third Street and added about 50 new ven­dors, in­clud­ing food, crafters and or­ga­ni­za­tions.

“That’s big be­cause we just keep grow­ing and grow­ing,” Ker­sh­ner said.

The ad­di­tions bring the size of the fes­ti­val to eight blocks with a to­tal of 236 ven­dors. Of that, 37 stands will fea­ture of the event’s main at­trac­tions— burg­ers.

Ker­sh­ner said there will be four cat­e­gories for burger judg­ing: or­ga­ni­za­tions; con­ces­sions; restau­rants and cater­ers, and the new­bie award for new ven­dors. There will also be the Peo­ple’s Choice Award. The vot­ing booths will be open un­til 4 p. m.

There will also be ham­burger con­tests— one of pro­fes­sion­als and one for am­a­teurs in teams of three.

Ker­sh­ner said there will be five stages for mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment. The tunes will be go­ing “from be­gin­ning to end,” she said, at the Siz­zler Stage, Fourth and Pine streets; Slider Stage, 61 N. Third St.; Sa­vory Stage, 222 State St.; Skil­let Stage, 150 S. Third St., and Spicy Stage, 337 State St.

Ma­gi­cian Magic Rich is sched­uled to per­form on the hour from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. at 31 N. Third St. The full lineup of en­ter­tain­ment for ev­ery stage can be found at the Taste of Ham­burg- er web­site, www.tas­te­ofham­burger.com. The web­site notes that en­ter­tain­ment is sub­ject to change.

In ad­di­tion to the burg­ers and food ven­dors, there will be two spe­cial lo­ca­tions for beer, wine and cock­tails— the Beer and Wine Patty- O, Fourth and Pine mu­nic­i­pal park­ing lot, and Bud­weiser and Burg­ers Beer and Wine Gar­den on the grass lot near 222 State St.

Ac­cord­ing to www.ham­burgpa.org, the Dine and Dash Burg­ers and Trail Race will be held from 10: 30 a. m. to noon Satur­day. The race starts with run­ners eat­ing a ham­burger, then they run a mile, eat a sec­ond ham­burger and run an­other mile back to the fin­ish line. Reg­is­tra­tion is $ 25, in­cludes two ham­burg­ers and a T- shirt and is lim­ited to the first 50 ap­pli­cants.

Ker­sh­ner said the event drew about 40,000 peo­ple to the bor­ough. De­spite the crowd, she said feed­back on traf­fic flow and park­ing have been pos­i­tive.

“So far, we haven’t had a prob­lem,” Ker­schner said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing a list of ven­dors and burger stands, visit the Taste of Ham­burg- er web­site.

JACQUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The pop­u­lar­ity of Ham­burg’s an­nual Taste of Ham­burg- er Fes­ti­val prompted or­ga­niz­ers to add an ex­tra block to the event to in­clude more ven­dors fea­tur­ing food, crafts and or­ga­ni­za­tions. The event takes place from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. Satur­day in down­town Ham­burg.

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