Saturday 8/31/13 we decided to attend the 10th Annual Hamburg PA. Hamburger Festival.
The population of Hamburg is only 5000 so even though we were told to be ready for a lot of walking and a bunch of people we didn’t figure it would be as huge as it was!!
We found out that there were around 30,000 people that turned out for the event in 2012 and they planned for more this year.
As soon as we rolled into town we wondered around a bunch of side streets before we could find a parking spot blocks away from downtown. They close off all of downtown and some of the side streets to traffic for the event and the streets were packed with people and vendors. And at every end street you could find a band playing.
While walking around and looking at the dozens of places to get a burger we wondered just how we would choose where to eat. The first thing of course we looked for was the longest lines figuring that should mean something. But as soon as I walked past one long long line and saw that one of the burgers served was on a GLAZED DONUT with BACON I knew I found my spot!!!
Now hang on before you judge. I had my doubts about it also but figured it was so far off the wall that I just had to try it. It turned out to be one of the best burgers I have ever had!!!
Diane happened across a different spot that caught her eye and it turned out to be huge and very good as well.
Did you know that the birth of the first hamburger was at the Hamburg Fairgrounds in 1885 during the Erie County Fair in Hamburg NY. ?
Yep,, Frank and Charles Menches, vendors who traveled the world’s fair route and who have been credited with also creating Cracker Jacks and the ice cream cone, concocted the hamburger
Legend has it that the Menches brothers ran out of their usual pork sausage that hot, fateful day at the fair and turned to a local butcher to replenish their supplies. When no pork was available, a butcher suggested they use ground beef. The Menches brothers purchased the beef, but added secret ingredients, including coffee grounds to create a unique flavor and the hamburger was born. According to historical records, the burger got its name when a customer asked what this wonderful sandwich was called and one of the brothers looked up and, seeing the Hamburg Fairgrounds sign, said, “why it is The Hamburger.”
Obviously Hamburg NY. has a hamburger festival also and I bet it’s really big but Hamburg Pennsylvania’s version is none to shabby!
After we had our fill of the burger festival we spent a little time driving in the countryside and then stopped at a winery called Pinnacle Ridge. After doing a tasting we bought 2 bottles and headed home.
We pretty much just kicked back the rest of the evening.
NOW REMEMBER!!! If you ever run across a burger on a glazed donut give it a try!!! LOL!!!