I frequently preach that the best way to experience local culture while travelling is to attend local festivals and events. A year ago we went with high hopes to Nameste Miru to the Burger Fest. We were completely put off; there were too many booths crammed into too small a space. There were hoards of people and intertwining queues to get any food or drink. We left with empty stomachs. I did not write about it here but gave the event bad reviews elsewhere–as did others.
This year I was intrigued that the organizers appeared to be properly chastised. They had moved the fest to the much larger Výstaviště exhibition grounds, added corporate sponsors and increased the number of participating restaurants. My curiosity and my love of hamburgers got the best of me; I decided to give it another try.
I am glad I did. The first two photos show the VIP areas that required a special ticket. The third shows some of the American influence. I couldn’t get decent photos of the three long rows of booths because they were spread out with plenty of space in between. The more popular places had short queues; many you could walk right up and place your order especially for beer–and Jack Daniels, another sponsor.
Being American I wanted an unusual burger so I chose the Night Rider. It had grilled onions and cheese with a delightful sauce. The black bun was actually quite tasty as well.
By the way there were plenty of other choices of food, drink, deserts, etc.. When I left about 13:30 on Saturday there were more people poring in then leaving so it may get crowded yet but I am optimistic that no one will leave hungry this year.