For those of you unfamiliar with Canada’s geographical regions, P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island) is a little chunk of land floating off the East Coast of Canada. It is Canada’s smallest province – both in population (140,000) and land mass (5,600 km2 or 3,500 miles2) but now it just might be my most favorite place on the entire planet. How can I not fall head over heels for a place that has a month of Burger Love?
April has become the annual “Burger Love” month on Prince Edward Island. Burger Love might sound like a bunch of hippies who fell off the vegan wagon and now have a commune built around an open grill, but it’s not. Burger Love is a celebration of local P.E.I. beef by way of the greatest dish to ever grace the planet – the hamburger. The goal of Burger Love is for participating restaurants (54 of them this year) to only use locally raised beef in their hamburgers. This year’s Burger Love month was nothing short of a massive success. Considering the population of PEI is only 140, 000 – selling 92, 000 burgers in a month and having 1.1 million in burger sales is without a doubt, impressive.
On top of turning East Coasters into carnivorous beasts for a month, PEI’s Burger Love also gives some extra tender loving care to the “Most Beloved Burger” each year. The winner this year was “The Gatsby” served at Sim’s Corner Steakhouse & Oyster Bar and created by chef Kyle Panton. It’s a pretty tasty looking burger so big congrats to Sim’s Corner Steakhouse and also to chef Kyle Panton (as well as his kitchen brigade). A big congrats is also deserving to everyone in Prince Edward Island for supporting their local beef industry, as well as my personal thanks for helping to turn folks on to the joys of burgers.
Thanks for stopping by The Burger Nerd and for checking out the PEI Burger Love article. Please subscribe to our newsletter (located in the right sidebar), or follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube, or Google +1.