October 26, 2021

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Burger Struggle, Iron Chilehead equally return this weekend in Wichita

If you like burgers and beer, it is a fantastic weekend to be a Wichitan.

Two of the city’s well-known once-a-year food occasions are returning following becoming sidelined by COVID-19 final summer season: The Burger Struggle fundraiser for KETCH, which this year will have a full new setup, and Johnson’s Yard Centers’ Iron Chilehead beer and foods truck party, which will have a greater footprint.

Here’s what you require to know about the situations, both of which are happening on Saturday.

Burger Struggle 2021

11 a.m.-3 p.m., O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Blvd.

The organizers of this burger sampling event, who put on the first installment back again in 2013, have adjusted it up just about every 12 months, making an attempt out distinct locations, names and approaches.

Very last year’s battle was sort of a bummer, reported Tiah Smith, who can help manage the event for KETCH. Due to the fact of COVID-19 issues, the team set on the battle as additional of a self-guided tour: Folks were invited to generate close to to various restaurants sampling burgers then vote for their beloved.

“I really don’t believe that 1 was necessarily as loved as prior activities,” Smith stated. “We preferred to get back out in the group, with basic safety staying our prime priority.”

This year’s fight is being staged in O.J. Watson Park, and organizers have established it up as much more of a household party. In addition to sampling burgers, men and women will be available price cut passes for the park’s a variety of child-friendly points of interest, like a teach ride, boat rides and mini golfing.

As an alternative of stationary places to eat, the burgers at this year’s fight will all be organized by foodstuff trucks, who will have their rigs set up at the park. Ticket holders will pay a visit to participating trucks, sample burgers then select a most loved. The eight participating foodstuff trucks are Warm-2-Trot Connoisseur Scorching Canines, The Bread Sled Cafe, Urban Skillet, U-Hungry Truck, Southeast Carryout, Smokin Diner, Noble Property and Chef Roberto. A pair of dessert vehicles will also be there inflammation sweets.

Tickets, available at www.ictburgerbattle.com, are $30 for grown ups and consist of five burger samples. (Every sample will be a quarter of a burger.) Little one tickets for ages 10 and below are $15 and include things like 3 burger samples furthermore a person park action ticket. There is also a $50 family four-pack deal that consists of 16 burger samples, four park action tickets, cost-free beverages and obtain to the event’s kid routines, which contain bounce residences, face painting, a image booth and additional.

Individuals can also get tickets at the gate the day of the event if they are not marketed out. Burger Struggle will also include raffle prizes and will be established up on the jap side of the park. For far more details, go to www.ictburgerbattle.com.

Iron Chliehead

Noon-4 p.m., Johnson’s Backyard Facilities, 2707 E. 13th St.

Lovers of this beer party skipped it past calendar year, when COVID-19 caused its cancellation. But the party, which normally takes put at the Johnson’s Backyard Centers retail store on West 13th Street, will return for its eighth installment on Saturday.

The celebration, commenced as a celebration of the Hatch eco-friendly chiles that Johnson’s operator Marty Johnson retrieves from New Mexico every single calendar year then roasts and sells at his suppliers, will attribute a major beer sampling and foodstuff vehicles making dishes that integrate the chiles. The brewers supplying samples will also develop beers that include the chiles.

All those who buy $30 tickets will get a tasting glass to maintain and will be invited to try beer samples delivered by 20 community and regional craft breweries set up outside the house. Amid the breweries who will be there this calendar year are Wichita’s Central Standard Brewing Co., Hopping Gnome Brewing, River Town Brewing Corporation and Wichita Brewing Corporation.

There is no admission charge to take pleasure in the celebration and obtain food items from taking part food vans, such as Cousin Hector’s, Funky Monkey Munchies, Confront Stuffers and far more. The function will also, as constantly, incorporate tunes from the raucous Bolzen Beer Band, a hip youthful polka trio from Nebraska that has turn into the lifestyle of the get together. And there will also be a stein hoisting contest, which folks can indicator up for on the place soon after paying $25.

Tickets to the beer tasting are offered at ironchilehead.com and at possibly Johnson’s Backyard Facilities retailer. (There’s also a retail outlet at 6225 Shadybrook.) Those who choose tickets up in particular person will get a absolutely free koozie.

In the previous, organizers have established the bash up on the back again fifty percent of the garden center’s parking large amount. But this year, it will develop and choose about the whole factor. Individuals are asked to park Asbury Church at 2801 W. 15th St. or on surrounding streets. Those who want to bike to the occasion will be in a position to examine their bikes in and have them safeguarded though they bash. There will also be a designated place for Uber and Lyft dropoff and pickup.

Iron Chilehead bought started out as a way to market the yearly Chile Fest at Johnson’s. Every single August because 1999, operator Johnson has traveled to Hatch, New Mexico, to select up bushels and bushels of green chiles then drive them back to city to roast them to market to his shoppers. Saturday’s attendees also can order chiles when there.

Denise Neil has covered eating places and entertainment due to the fact 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook site is the go-to position for diners to get data about area eating places. She’s a frequent choose at regional food items competitions and speaks to teams all about Wichita about eating.