Another Le Burger Week is in the books, and the final vote tally is in.
I was only able to try two of the burgers this time around, but it turns out that one of the ones I did try was this year’s winner.
But did you have as much fun with it this year? I spoke to a lot of people who felt that it had become too big and confusing.
When Le Burger Week first made its way to Winnipeg, there were only a handful of places that were in the competition, making selecting that night’s burger was a heckuvalot easier. This year, there were over 100 burgers to choose from, and one burger just seemed to blur into the next as you scrolled through the entrants in the derby on the Le Burger Week website.
The burgers were also very expensive, whereas I believe there used to be a $10 allowable maximum price in order to be eligible. This time around – even accounting for inflation – it wasn’t uncommon to see burgers pushing $20 before sides and a drink.
Finally, until recently, running tallies of the voting were easy to find during the week as buzz was created around certain burger inventions. The fact that running voting tallies were almost impossible to find contributed to the sense that this was just becoming a burger blur price gouge with the majority of people that I spoke to for their thoughts.
Some I spoke to called for a format change to something like a flight of sliders like you’d have beer samples at a craft brew house. I think the logistical challenges would make that impossible, but some solution might be needed soon before Le Burger Week becomes a victim of its own success.
The winning Farmer John burger from Brazen Hall. (Photo: LeBurgerWeek.com)