A burger bacchanalia brings FWFWF to a meaty close

Despite our city’s ongoing culinary evolution, we’re still a town that likes a good burger — a point hammered home Saturday night at the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival’s finale, a love letter to what is undoubtedly Fort Worth’s very first culinary crush.

The Burgers, Brews + Blues event drew a sold-out crowd of 1,300 to Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork, where chefs and cooks from a dozen local restaurants held what was basically one big cookout. Using portable flat-top grills, they each prepared hundreds of slider-size burgers, creating billows of smoke that rolled along the grounds like an early morning fog.

Similar to the BBQ Showdown that kicked off the festival on Thursday, BBB was as much a showcase as it was a competition. Judges and festivalgoers voted for their favorite burgers.

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