Fukushima Burger Summit 2017 in Koori

The annual championship to decide the best burger in East Japan!

 

The town of Koori in northern Fukushima Prefecture just hosted the annual ‘Fukushima Burger Summit in Koori’ for the fourth time.

This event is a fiercely competitive burger grand-prix between 25 different varieties of delicious burgers from all around East Japan. The competition is judged by visitors to the festival who vote for the best out of the burgers they tasted. It’s not all about taste, though! Voters are asked to judge each burger on concept, originality, execution, the energy of the team, as well as how well they conveyed the characteristics of their local region.

So, who was the winner of this year’s Burger Summit?

The weather on the day of the event was less than ideal with heavy rain forecast, but it did nothing to get in the way of the energetic stall owners and the crowds of hungry burger-lovers, enthusiastically joining the long queues to get a taste of their burger of choice!

Let’s take a look at some of this year’s tasty entries:

TONDA SPICY-MISO KOORI BURGER

(Koori Town, Fukushima Prefecture)

A tasty burger featuring a burger-bun made using brown rice and a pork patty accented with a miso-sesame sauce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUKAURA TUNA BURGER

(Fukaura Town, Aomori Prefecture)

This delicious creation was made from tuna caught in Aomori, and a sauce made from slowly stewed tomatoes and carrots.

 

 

 

 

 

ZAO GENDHIS-KHAN BURGER

(Zao City, Yamagata Prefecture)

(In Japan, ‘Genghis Khan’ refers to lamb meat) Made with 100% lamb meat patty, the rich flavour and aroma of the lamb fills your mouth with every bite!

 

 

MIYAGI VENISON BURGER

(Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture)

Venison from deer of the Oshika Peninsula is carefully stewed with onion and tomato in an original sauce.

 

 

ICE-CREAM BURGER

(Ono Town, Fukushima Prefecture)

An amazing balance of cool, delicious ice-cream and nuts served inside a piping-hot burger bun!

 

 

 

 

 

As well as the burgers themselves, another fantastic feature of the Burger Summit is the special booth called ‘Koori Marche’ of Koori Town, the hosts of the event. Here you can find sorbet made from Koori’s famous ‘Akatsuki’ peaches, squash, local cloudy sake, apples, bacon, onions and even wood-fired oven pizza made with local tomatoes!

But back to the point –

Who was this year’s winner??? 

This year’s championship prize went to none other than the ‘Kakuda Plum Burger’ from Kakuda City in Miyagi Prefecture. Featuring a bun made from rice flour and a special tangy plum jam sauce, this little piece of foodie heaven was voted this year’s crowd favourite.

If you’re partial to a tasty burger and local flavours, do NOT miss the Fukushima Burger Summit 2018 in Koori next year!! My stomach is growling already…!


FESTIVAL DETAILS


Below are the details for this year’s (2017) festival! We will update the information for next year’s festival as soon as it is available.

WHEN: Sunday, October 22 from 10am ~ 4pm
WHERE: Koori-cho Fureai Park 



ACCESS: Take the JR Tohoku Line to Koori Station. There will be FREE shuttle buses from the station to the event.
HOMEPAGE (Japanese): http://bit.ly/2kLrUU6
FACEBOOK (for more burger inspiration!): ふくしまバーガーサミット(東日本ご当地バーガーグランプリ決定戦)

Jess Hallams

About Jess Hallams

Born and raised in Australia, Jess has been living in Japan for the past four years. Whilst the cold winters are a struggle (!) she completely fell in love with Tohoku after moving to Fukushima prefecture to teach English in 2013. Having traveled to 18 countries (with a long list yet to get through) she knows the ins-and-outs of budget travel and what makes a memorable destination. She hopes to discover more off-the-beaten-track (read: inaka) destinations in Tohoku for those seeking a 'real Japan' experience.

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