Certified Hereford Beef burgers stole the show at the Third Annual Burgers, Bourbon and Beer Festival on June 16 in Fargo, North Dakota.
Sysco North Dakota, a supplier and partner with Certified Hereford Beef, was a title sponsor to the foodie-festival and donated 60 pounds of CHB chuck ground beef to the event.
“I like Certified Hereford Beef because not everyone has it and not everyone can get it,” said Chad Kline, business resource consultant and chef for Sysco North Dakota and burger-fest judge. “When I talk to people about the product, it sparks a lot of stories about family members who raised Hereford cattle. I think this product really connects with a lot of people.”
The festival was hosted in downtown Fargo and boasted an attendance of over 1,000 people from across the state, which was the largest festival attendance to date.
With the purchase of a ticket, festivalgoers received all-you-could-eat samplings of burgers from restaurant vendors, 10 bourbon samples and five samples of various beers.
The burger cook-off was the highlight of the event with 10 local restaurants participating. The contestants used the donated CHB chuck ground beef to craft signature burgers for a panel of four judges and festivalgoers.
“There were 10 different burgers and there was a lot of variety in the contest,” Klein said. “Everyone was very happy with the taste and quality of the burgers.”
Shotgun Sally’s, a Rock-n-Roll Saloon in Fargo, won the burger cook-off with their Hawaiian burger. The CHB burger base was topped with juicy pineapple, giving it a tropical flare.
Sysco North Dakota plans to continue to partner with the festival and donate Certified Hereford Beef for the burger cook-off.
“Sysco North Dakota continues to show commitment to the Certified Hereford Beef program and we value their partnership,” said Amari Manning, general manager and chief operating officer of Certified Hereford Beef. “We are excited for the continued growth and market presence Sysco North Dakota is achieving.”
Sysco North Dakota is one of Sysco Corporations’ 177 subsidiaries and divisions throughout the contiguous United States and parts of Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Sysco North Dakota services North Dakota, northern South Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.