Your Favorite Burger Contest

Win a pair of tickets to the Greenwich 2012 Food+Wine Festival—presented by Serendipity Magazine, to be held Oct. 4 to 6—and a chance to sit on a celebrity chef panel judging the best burger at the event.

[Editor's Note: This article originally was published Sept. 12.]


The football season has kicked off, Election Day is fast approaching and baseball's playoffs are mere weeks away, so plenty of opinions are flying around our towns at water coolers, watering holes and dinner tables.

While not everyone has strong feelings about the Wildcats' offense, health care reform or the 25-man roster, nobody is shy about answering this question: Which restaurant makes the best burger?

Next month, presents the Greenwich 2012 Food+Wine Festival at , featuring the best food in Fairfield and Westchester Counties and with 100 percent of net proceeds going to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Visit GreenwichFoodandWine.com to purchase tickets.

To get our Patch readers into the mood, we're holding a "Your Favorite Burger" contest whose prizes include two tickets to Saturday Oct. 6, and a chance to sit on a celebrity chef panel for a widely anticipated "Burger Battle" at the festival, as well as a chance to be published in Serendipity Magazine.

Here's how the contest works:

  1. Tell us in a comment below what's your favorite burger and who makes it, and pay homage to your choice by finishing the last two lines to this poem: Malbec is red, Stilton is blue, ...
  2. Patch will take your poems through Monday, Sept. 17, and present a list of finalists in one screen grab on Tuesday, Sept. 18 (which is National Cheeseburger Day).
  3. Winners will be selected with the help of Patch users. You will vote on your favorite caption through the "comments" section on this story (Example: “I think No. 7 of 10 is the best”). We'll announce the winners on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

More details about the contest are attached.

We're giving away 10 pairs of tickets to Saturday, Oct. 6:

  1. Five for the best five poems, as per your votes (and we'll have one grand prize winner in there);
  2. Five more selected from a raffle into which everyone who uploads a poem to this contest is entered.

VIP tickets also come with preferred parking. Here’s some info about Serendipity magazine's terrific charity event, sponsored in part by Fairfield County's trusted guide to great food, CTbites (check out the festival website for more details):

  • Culinary Village At the heart of the Festival, the Culinary Village Tents will offer grand, savory tastings and intriguing demonstrations from more than 90 exclusive food, wine and spirit stations.
  • BBQ Pit Masters’ Tent This hot spot is perfect for grilling enthusiasts! Guests will meet grill masters and sample special bites fresh off the grills.
  • Live Demonstration Tent Watch, learn, and enjoy, as our outstanding line-up of celebrity guests and featured local chefs demonstrate their skills in this intimate setting.
  • Concert Stage Guests will enjoy incredible musical performances by Big Head Todd and the Monsters, The Felice Brothers, Will Hoge and more.
    Special performance by the GREGG ALLMAN BAND.
  • Serendipity VIP Tent VIP ticket holders will have access to this private lounge, including full bar, elite wines and gourmet treats. There are also private restrooms.
  • Grand Tasting Gala Tent Wander the elegant clear tent with view of the Long Island Sound as you watch some of the area's top chefs prepare decadent dinner tastings. Guest will also enjoy some of the world's finest wines and spirits.
  • Book Signings Books will be available for purchase. Celebrity Chefs will be available to greet, meet and sign their books.
Patrick Henry September 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM
#3 is the best poem. Funny, intelligent, and perfect cadence. Pure genius.
monica September 19, 2012 at 01:12 PM
#6... no matter what kind of burger or where I get it, when I eat a burger I need a beer too!
andre September 19, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I vote for number 7 out of 10
Lauren Rabin September 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I vote for number 7 out of 10.. very original!
Anne Friday September 19, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I'm biased but #1 is the best burger AND the best poem.
Flower Hill September 19, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Number 7 all the way! Hooray for MacDuff's and their supporters!
Restaurant Snob September 19, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Veggie burgers are not burgers, they are bunched up salad and beans put into a food processor and matted into a patty with typically tons of salt. 5 Guys and Shake Shack are great. They just opened a Plan B in Stamford based out of West Hartford -- really good too.
Annabelle September 19, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I thought MINE was the best (LOL) but it didn't make the finals. I vote for #1.
Annabelle September 19, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I, too, am wondering where some of the finalists came from? Never saw them in the comment thread. #1 of 10.
A_Solomon September 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Alyssa September 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Number 7!
Sunflowers821 September 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
#3 although i do not like my burger to moo at me... i thought it was the pretty clever!! :)
Carol Junker September 19, 2012 at 03:24 PM
I vote for #7 out of 10
Hilkka Schulz September 19, 2012 at 03:57 PM
We think No. 1 of 10 is the best! "Burgers, Shakes and Fries is a great eatery, too" Hilkka and Steven Schulz Stamford, CT
Cindy Nagrath September 19, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I vote for #7!
Cindy Nagrath September 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
I love # 7 poem cause whiskey on a burger is something I've GOTTA try!!!:)
jennifer September 19, 2012 at 05:03 PM
#1 is best. love it.
Tony September 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
#7 sounds amazing!
Anne September 19, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I vote for #7!
carmela reimers September 19, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I vote for #7 out of 10 Carmela
Conner Johnson September 19, 2012 at 06:34 PM
MacDuff's is one of my favorite places EVER. #7 for me.
Black Duck September 19, 2012 at 07:15 PM
MacDuffs !!!!
Mary F. September 19, 2012 at 07:23 PM
# 7 totally! MacDuffs.
Kristi September 19, 2012 at 07:32 PM
tiffany September 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Hands down #7, MacDuffs!!!!! Best burger ever!
Sarah Rose September 19, 2012 at 07:46 PM
#7. I LOVE MacDuffs. It's un-be-lievable.
Kristen September 19, 2012 at 08:36 PM
#7 of 10 gets my vote!!
Scott sievwright September 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM
#7 because you can put Stilton on your burger!
Michael Dinan (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Winners for our "Your Favorite Burger POEM" contest and raffle are posted in the article above — congratulations and have a blast at the 2012 Greenwich Food+Wine Festival! (http://serendipitygreenwich.com/foodandwinefestival/) ... Thank you again to everyone for participating.
Suzze September 20, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I am over the moon excited! I was jumping around my house like a little kid when I found out that I was one of the winners. Honestly, I am totally thrilled and kudo's to Patch for putting together such a fun and engaging contest.


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