The second ever Burgerfest takes place this weekend at Peace Square, Namesti Miru and is set to be bigger and better than ever, with 16 restaurants serving burgers confirmed for the event. Compared to the six stalls it had in 2012 that’s more than twice as many burgers to consume over the two day event.
The festival opens at 11am on Saturday and runs until 8pm, then on Sunday starts again at 11am before finishing at 6pm (that’s about one burger an hour each day to taste all 15). Most of the restaurants will be serving smaller burgers at cheaper prices, starting at 30 CZK, allowing visitors to try as many as possible. Each visitor will be issued with a voting card they get stamped every time they buy a burger, and after devouring the (hopefully) tasty meat give it a rating out of five. Then when they can eat no more all the voting cards will be put in a box, the scores added up and the winner of the best quality burger announced at 4pm on Sunday.
The new central location of Namesti Miru promises more space for visitors but also the potential for a lot more customers, especially as it is easily accessible by tram and the Namesti Miru metro station. Out of the 16 restaurants 13 are based in Prague with two coming from outside, Blackdog Cantina in Beroun and Němý Medvěd in Melnik. The other restaurants that will be present include American Pub Bejzment, Bohemia Bagel, Burger Bar, Butch’s Burger, Dish, El Arriero, Fasty’s Burgers and Pizzas, J.J. Murphys Irish Pub, Jáma, Rock ‘n’ Beer Bar, T.G.I. Friday’s, Tom’s Burger and Zephyr Excelent Urban Pub.
As well as lots and lots of burgers there will be drinks available with Hoffa Bar serving beer and cocktails and one or two other stands selling liquid refreshment. There will be live music courtesy of Prague’s top-rocking covers band Replay along with the chance to win three prizes, as anyone who fills in a voting card is entered into a raffle. These include a bottle of Jack Daniels, t-shirts and American lemonade.
So fast the night before, loosen your belt buckles and prepare for the best burgers the Czech Republic can cook up. But who will be crowned Prague’s best quality burger? Come along to find out.