Halifax Burger Week sizzles with success

Where's the beef? It's in Halifax this week as the city is in the midst of one of the more unique fundraisers for Feed Nova Scotia.

More than $30,000 has been raised for Feed Nova Scotia in just two years

Cheachie's Mexican Grill in Bayers Lake co-owner Earl Abbott says they've been selling 200 burgers an hour. (CBC)

Where's the beef? It's in Halifax this week as the city is in the midst of one of the more unique, and tasty, fundraisers for Feed Nova Scotia.

The Coast, an alt-weekly paper in Halifax, started Burger Week in 2013. Local restaurants signed up to feature their best burgers at a special rate with a donation going to the food bank. More than $30,000 has been raised in just two years.

This year, more than 60 restaurants are participating. Burgers include the traditional beef patty with cheese and bacon. But exotic fare like a napa cabbage kimchi-topped burger and a patty served between two Eggo waffles can also be found.

Social media is stuffed with photos and praise for the burgers available this year.

Ace Burger expects to sell more than 800 kilograms of beef at its two locations during Burger Week.

And it's not just beef. Buns are crammed with fish, chicken, lamb, smoked meat and pork.

Jessie Wright with Dee Dee's Ice Cream expects to sell 300 veggie burgers in the event.

"There are only two fully vegetarian options that are available, so I'm glad we are doing it. And I think other people are too," she said.

Cheachie's Mexican Grill in Bayers Lake has been overwhelmed with the response to their entry in Burger Week.

Co-owner Earl Abbott says they've been selling 200 burgers an hour and have had to close multiple times because they ran out of food.

"We're way overwhelmed. We didn't expect this kind of reaction," he said.

Abbott says it's been a bit of a struggle because when they signed up for the event months ago, the price of beef was significantly lower.

"From the time we signed up, you know the cut off date to now, burger has gone up a $1.80 a kilo," he said.

While they're happy for the exposure to their business, they'll also be relieved when burger mania is over.

Burger Week ends on Wednesday.

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