Taste of Hamburg- er adds extra block to offerings
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.
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.