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Derby Burger Challenge finalists announced

Winner to be named Thursday

LOUISVLLE, Ky. (March 21, 2016) — More than 18,000 beef lovers voted online to help pick the top four finalists for this year’s Derby Burger Challenge sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council.

PrintFinalists are:

  • Kevin Barnes of Louisville, with the Louisville Loop Burger
  • Maurice Williams of Louisville, with the SmoFried Cheese Stuffed Angus Burger
  • Tanya Hicks of Salem, Indiana with the Banh mi Burger
  • Sarah Allgeier of Louisville, with her Italian Grilled Cheese Burger (Allgeier won the challenge last year).

Dozens of original recipes were submitted for the fifth annual competition. The winning burger will be named on Thursday. The champion will be determined based on four factors — taste, appearance, creativity and ease of preparation.

The winning burger will be a featured menu item at Louisville’s “Over The 9” restaurant in May, recognized in Louisville-area Kroger stores and samples will be featured at the Kentucky Derby Festival’s BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank.

The winning chef also receives VIP tickets to Thunder Over Louisville, tickets to Waterfront Jam and BeerFest at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville, as well as a $100 gift certificate to Kroger and a grilling package from Kentucky Beef Council.

From now through April 15, all purchasers of fresh ground beef at any of the Kentuckiana Kroger stores (excluding Lexington locations) will receive a code at checkout (on the bottom of the receipt).  The message encourages you to register online at www.kdf.org/beef for a chance to win VIP tickets to a Waterfront Jam Concert at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville or BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank.

The Derby Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation. This involvement has made the Derby Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.