More than 60 restaurants across Halifax, Nova Scotia, participated in the third annual Halifax Burger Week earlier this month, giving Haligonian gastronomists a range of cheap and delicious options – as well as the chance to contribute to a good cause.
"Halifax Burger Week has raised more than $30,000 for
charity since 2013."
Hosted by local weekly publication The Coast, the initiative is sponsored by radio station Q104, media outlet Global News Halifax and Hop City Barking Squirrel Lager, which declared itself the "official brew of Burger Week." According to Halifax Burger Week's official website, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of select burgers at participating eateries goes to Feed Nova Scotia. The charitable organization, which collects and distributes food to residents of the province, has received a total of more than $30,000 from the yearly campaign since Burger Week kicked off in 2013.
A panoply of offerings
Each restaurant involved in the initiative nominated one burger already on its menu or put together a special creation in honour of the cause. Some eateries adapted the traditional concept of a beef burger to be more in line with their cuisine, including Greek-themed Athens Restaurant at 6273 Quinpool Road, which is offering a house-ground lamb burger topped with feta, tzatziki, lettuce, tomato and fried onion. Other variations on the theme include:
- The Battered Fish's panko-crusted haddock burger, served on a fresh bun with house-made guacamole, lettuce and tomato (393 Pleasant Street and 3290 Highway #2)
- The Chickenburger's crispy jerk chicken burger, served with seared pineapple, chipotle mayo, friend jalapeños and jalapeño havarti (1531 Bedford Highway)
- Vegan establishment enVie's black bean patties with turmeric cheese, secret sauce, shredded lettuce, fresh pickles and onions on a locally sourced sesame seed bun (5775 Charles Street)
- Jamieson's Irish House & Grill's black bean, tomato and lime chilli burger with lettuce and cajun mayo (5 Cumberland Drive)
The wide selection of choices meant patrons were likely to find options to suit their tastes, even non-meat-eaters. There were two vegetarian options on the menu, the first of which was the enVie burger detailed above. The other was the "fiesta burger," a black bean, roasted sweet potato, jalapeno, lime and cilantro patty served with tomato, lettuce and roasted garlic mayonnaise offered by Dee Dee's Ice Cream.
Haligonian burger fans were in luck this month.
Eateries overwhelmed by Burger Week's popularity
According to CBC News, Jessie Wright of Dee Dee's, located at 5668 Cornwallis Street, was expecting to make an estimated 300 veggie burgers during the event. Meanwhile, Ace Burger projected selling more than 800 kilograms of beef at its 1269 Barrington Street and 2605 Agricola Street locations, each of which contributed a different special to the Burger Week menu.
Over in Bayers Lake, Cheachie's Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar at 102 Chain Lake Drive ran into trouble when the demand for its bourbon bacon jack burger exceeded supply, the news source reported. The dish – "served with a boozy bourbon sauce, sharp jack cheese and bacon," according to the Burger Week website – was selling at a rate of 200 burgers an hour, forcing the establishment to close multiple times due to lack of ingredients.
"We didn't expect this kind of reaction," Earl Abbott, co-owner of Cheachie's, told the media outlet.
In addition to alleviating the effects of poverty in Nova Scotia, Burger Week also supports business in Halifax by drawing attention and traffic to the eateries participating in the initiative. In short, everybody wins.
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