Burger Brawl to return, with tacos, cocktails and wings this time

Pineville Tavern's Million $ Burger impressed the 2016 Burger Brawl judges.

Burger Brawl, the burger contest that raises money for Philadelphia schools, will return for its seventh year on Sunday, May 21 at Xfinity Live in South Philadelphia.

Regulars will welcome the prospect of cool weather at a May date, nearly a month earlier than usual.

In addition to the public sampling and judging of burgers will be tacos (a repeat of last year), cocktails, and something new: chicken wings.

Organizers expect more than 60 contenders. Guests 21 and over also can sample cocktails from about 20 competing bars. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges led by WIP’s Glen Macnow. Prizes also will be awarded for the people’s choice in each category and every attendee’s vote counts.

It will run from 3 to 6 p.m.; VIP admission begins at 2 p.m. It is held rain or shine.

The event began as a neighborhood fund-raiser for founders Rob and Maggie Wasserman’s children’s school, William M. Meredith Elementary School, in South Philadelphia. Their goal was to gather a few restaurant industry friends to create a small event at Fleisher Art Memorial that would fund a new computer lab for Meredith. Burger Brawl soon outgrew Fleisher and in 2014 moved to Xfinity Live.

In addition to funding technology packages, Burger Brawl has also partnered with the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia in helping to raise funds for Superintendent William Hite’s the Right Books campaign.

Tickets are available at www.phillyburgerbrawl.com. They are $45 - $55 at the door - and include one vote for the best burger and a beverage. VIP tickets are $100 and provide early access to the grounds and to a VIP lounge, and one vote. Children 10 and younger are free. Parking will be free.