February 12-17: Sharpe’s Burger Blitz is back for a fourth year

February 8, 2024, 4:03 pm
Ryan Kiedrowski, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

From left are burgers from Cork & Bone, The Cratehouse and Blueberry Kitchen.

It’s becoming a week that many locals look forward to; mid-February when everyone’s minds turn to thoughts of hamburgers, at least in the Moosomin area.

The fourth edition of Sharpe’s Burger Blitz is set for the Moosomin area from Monday, Feb. 12 to Saturday, Feb. 17, offering a great way to support local businesses and support Canadian agriculture, while enjoying some of the best tasting burgers around.

Back in 2020, the team at Sharpe’s Soil Services was trying to come up with a way to link the ‘support local’ message with the ‘support agriculture’ theme around Canada's Agriculture Day, which falls on February 13 this year. That’s when the ides of partnering with local restaurants sprang to mind.

“At first, we weren’t sure if it was going to be a burger or if it was going to be some other sort of food,” explained Carly Miller of Sharpe’s Soil Services. “We landed on the burger because it just encompasses many different aspects of Canadian agriculture, everything from the beef to the grain to make the bun and everything in between.”

As with many local initiatives, the idea was a roaring success, and involvement soon grew to nine restaurants participating—each with a unique burger for patrons to try. This year there are restaurants in Moosomin, Rocanville, and Fleming. But it’s more than just a great-tasting meal, there’s also a prize of $500 in Moosomin Bucks on the line for participants.

“You get a ballot card, and get it stamped at whichever place that you’ve tried burgers from. Once your ballot card is full, you will be able to submit that and then your name will go into the draw for the $500,” Miller explained. “Sharpe’s has and will continue to put up a $500 prize, just to encourage people to support local and try the different burgers that are created by all the different restaurants.”

Restaurants in Rocanville and Fleming have also joined the Burger Blitz, making that ballot a regional dining passport of sorts. Creativity is another huge aspect of the week of burger bliss as businesses try to outdo their previous year’s offerings.

“Every single year, the restaurants come up with a different kind of burger, something that features Canadian agriculture products,” said Miller. “We always try to run it around that same time of year, just because Canadian Agriculture Day this year falls on February 13.”