YES I AM BACK! This year has been the year of bad luck for me, but whatever! SO HERE WE GO!
Now this event was a few weeks ago (2nd April 2017 to be exact), but I still should share this event regardless, because you know, burgers and such, plus if you have seen my previous post’s before, yes I did do a 6 cheeseburger eating competition (not my finest hour, but it was damn delicious) which you can read here if you haven’t!
My friend and I headed there on the Sunday night because I had a roller derby game the night before (we won! YAY! Our first game for the year and we won! Let’s hope that this continues because it wasn’t such a great year for us last year…ha.ha.uhh)
So Burgapalooza is in its second year of being alive and they were in a club called Manning bar and now is situated in Marrickville at Fraser Park, they got bigger which is great! So if you are travelling by public transport like us, you need to take the train to Sydneham, not Marrickville station, because it’s only a 3 minute walk (seedy as hell area when walking in the night, just saying). When you arrive you walk through a tunnel to be greeted with lights and the yelling of soccer/football practice on the side and many cars coming in and out almost hitting you because there is no footpath to walk on.
We got to the section that is allocated in front and saw the sign saying BURGAPALOOZA, our mouths were watering at the thought of the burgers we were about to embark on and enter the delicious goodness. Well I was, my friend is like a bird, she can’t eat too much and she takes her time… maybe I need to do this… now I am revaluation my fast eating habit.. nah…
As we got closer to the front we couldn’t see anyone in sight… is it over? I am sure it was still on until 9pm? It’s only 6pm… But no no, it was we were greeted by a drunk mate that came out yelling at my friend and I “HAVE YOU EVER THROWN UP IN A BURGER FESTIVAL?!?! I HAVE!!” well done drunky, well done *slow claps*, so I just found out they sell alcohol at this event.
You get your wrist band and get your bag checked, sign in like you are going to an outside of your area club and then you finally get in! Yay! You look around the dim lit area and see the vendors, as you walk close you see cute cut outs of Burgerpalooza icon burger as heroes and villains – very cute idea.
As we continued we could hear rapping, there is live music which is a nice addition, not my cup of tea of music, but hey, it’s good that they have put that on. Also there was a chilli eating competition, was going to stick around to watch but the host of it was really annoying, turns out he is a stand up comedian who has sold out shows though so?
We saw not many people around, I think a lot of the people were there on the Saturday or during the day? Who knows but Sunday night was a quiet night. We look around and see a stand that people are lining up at, it’s your burger cash… what is this? Itchy and Scratchy Land??? Oh well… So they ask you how many burger tokens would you like and if you want any dessert or drink tokens as well, I just went for the burger tokens, this time I don’t want dessert and I am not much of a drinker, I had brought my own water bottle with me. Actually… I am not sure if you are allowed to bring outside water? I don’t think the security guard saw it? If he did then it’s okay, if he didn’t then meh.
So I awkwardly got my tickets because I had no idea how many I wanted, each burger cost 5 burger tokens, so I got 15 burger tokens and I had no idea what I had done until after, when my friend was like “you eating three burgers man?” I guess so! She expected me to get more, but I don’t think I could handle that.
So we checked it out, they had a little shoot the red and white cups arcade game, drink stands, dessert stands and merchandise stands, I headed straight for the burger stands.
As I looked at the small amount of stands, in my mind I thought there would be more, but I do have to remember this was there second year, their first year was in a small club, this is there first time open in a park – plus maybe there were more on the Saturday? But I couldn’t wait until… I saw there were 3 left open. The others had run out of prep and had packed up and left. I am so glad I only got 3 tokens!
So round 1: SUPERIOR BURGER – Piggy Back burger
Ingredients: House Salt Aged Beef, McClures Pickles, Smoked Maple Mustard, Cheese and an organic bun.
Verdict: This burger my friend and I both got (the only one my friend got) and this was beautiful, it was so simple and just so nice, the mustard was a bit intense as there was so much of it, but it was so delicious that I think this ended up being my favourite, my friend thought of going back for seconds but she couldn’t stomach it as she had a dessert token and that’s all she could handle. The meat so juicy and tasty that my mouth is watering at the thought of how good it was.
Round 2: Mister Gee Burger Truck – Happy Ending burger (I know what you are thinking you cheeky reader 😛 )
Ingredients: Grass-fed Beef Patty, Havarti Cheese, Caramelised Onion and Brie, Truffle Mustard, Pickles and Lime Mayo and a brioche bun.
Verdict: YUM! So nice, the Caramelised Onion and Brie was so good, the truffle mustard, nice but a bit over powered by the lime mayo, but that was so good, so it was okay. This was such a great burger, but I think Superior burger was indeed superior over this one, but I would so eat this again because I really liked the caramelised onion and brie, it made it sweeter.
Round 3: BL Burgers – Power of Juan burger
Ingredients: BL Beef Pattie, American Cheese, Tequila & Agave Bacon Jam, Jalapeno Jelly, Pickles, Avocado Aioli, Coral Lettuce and a brioche bun.
Verdict: Really nice (I love burgers okay, I am easily excited and appreciative of burgers!) but the jalapeno jelly… weird, nice, I think? But I still don’t know. I like jelly and jalapeno’s but combined?? I don’t know, this burger all round was good, the tequila & agave bacon jam was really good, it was very subtle and it was a nice addition and not too much of a punch. But this burger, I was too distracted by the jalapeno jelly…
Overall, the Superior Burger was the superior one for me, the desserts looked good, but I didn’t partake because I didn’t want to be like my drunky mate and throw up at the burger festival, my friend very much appreciated the pavlova milkshake which she said was worth her next day stomach ache as she can’t really have milkshakes anymore because of her stomach issues.
Would I go again? Yeah I actually would, it was good fun, but I think maybe during the day would be better or on the Saturday, but from my Facebook check in (yes I do this, shhhh) I had friends who said that they were disappointed because they were either turned away (they actually over sold their tickets which is a big no no, you can’t do that to people really.) Or like my experience, some had to pack up and leave because they simply ran out of food prep. I would give this another chance as it was there second year and first year in a larger setting. I am a fair woman, I know it wouldn’t be easy judging how many would come.
So this event, I think I will suggest going, but just be prepared for some stalls closing earlier than expected, best get there as soon as it opens.
You can check out their Facebook page for anything if you are interested in going next year and check out the stuff they posted on this year: facebook.com/bugapalooza/
All photos, except for the Simpsons photo were all taken by me on potato camera, sorry they didn’t come out in great quality, but this post is great quality… no?… okay… my mistake.