March 10, 2014. Louisville, KY.   – The Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Beef Council are looking for the next ‘Derby Burger’ Champion.  Starting March 10, hamburger recipes will be accepted for submission in the third annual “Derby Burger Challenge,” sponsored by the Kentucky Beef Council. Recipes can be submitted online at www.kdf.org/beef from March 10 to March 24.

“We are excited to see what recipes we receive this year! There are so many ways to make a winning burger. We have terrific backyard barbeque enthusiasts in Kentucky and we also raise and produce great beef here. This contest is an excellent way to combine the two,” said Chuck Crutcher, Chairman of the Kentucky Beef Council and beef farmer from Rineyville, KY.  “Area consumers are encouraged to sharpen their grilling skills and enter a creative burger recipe.”

“Derby Burger Challenge” finalists will be announced on March 28 and the winner will be selected during a cook-off on March 31. The burger recipes are judged based on Taste, Appearance, Creativity and Ease of Preparation.  The winning burger will be featured as the Local Legendary Burger at Hard Rock Café Louisville in May, recognized in Louisville-area and Lexington-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 March 17 to April 21, all purchasers of fresh ground beef at any of the Kentuckiana Kroger stores (including Lexington locations) will receive a coupon at checkout (on the bottom of the receipt).  The message includes an entry code to register online at www.kdf.org/beef for a chance to win VIP tickets to a Waterfront Jam Concert presented by Laura’s Lean Beef at Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville or BeerFest presented by American Founders Bank.

Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The 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 Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.

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