Burgerfest 6 is the heaviest outdoor BBQ in Vancouver’s DTES

Wednesday 10th, August 2016 / 17:07
By Erin Jardine
An East Van tradition finds a home and prepares to destroy it with 18 bands in 13 hours. Photo: Milton Stille

An East Van tradition finds a home and prepares to destroy it with 18 bands in 13 hours.
Photo: Milton Stille

VANCOUVER — After trying out several different venues over the years, all retaining the strong outdoor aspect of the festival, Burger Fest coordinators Scott Bartlett, Taya Fraser, and Mitch Ray have finally settled on the Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver to host Burgerfest 6 for the second year in a row. Burgers will be on the grill at noon on Saturday August 13th, with bands starting shortly thereafter. This is the first year that Burger Fest has definitively gone in the heavy direction musically, with four touring acts, Dead Ranch (Winnipeg, MB), Lord Dying (Portland, OR), Wild Throne (Bellingham, WA), and Griever (San Diego, CA). Supplemented with the heaviest Vancouver has to offer, Burger Fest will span 13 hours with 18 bands.

Amidst funny stories about previous years (running out of booze, dealing with unaccomodating venues, and the hungover Sunday cleanup), the coordinators are dedicated to drastically improving each year. The Waldorf offers a unique space, with a stage outside and inside and ample bars throughout. As for rain? There will not be any: “We’ve never had rain for Burger Fest,” remarks Ray. “This event is not affected by rain, it’s a great lineup and it has a reputation for being a great party,” adds Bartlett. Burgers are provided by Vera’s Burger Shack and the Heatley, both local businesses with attractively different styles of burger. “We’ve confirmed with both providers that the burgers will not be more than $6 each, we want everyone to be able to eat a bunch of burgers and buy a bunch of merch. We don’t want to run people broke, and we want to support the bands,” explains Bartlett.

Burger Fest embraces change, and continues to set their sights well in advance of the event. One of the aspects that will not be seen in the future is Burger Fest’s poster contest. “All it has done is cause hurt feelings and saturate social media with negativity when it should be about the festival itself.” On the topic of door price, any of the touring bands would play a show that costs $18 to $20, and with Burger Fest’s $20 cover, it’s the biggest bang for buck all summer. “It is first and foremost a music festival, we needed to make the lineup as good as it can be,” says Ray. “If you’re not striving to better what you did, you’re moving backwards.”

Burger Fest takes over The Waldorf August 13. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 at Neptune Records, Hits and Misses, Red Cat Records, & Horses Records.

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