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The Food Truck wins city’s best burger award

Annual Burger Wars event raises funds for the Northern Cancer Foundation
Celebrating the winner of this year’s Burger Wars fundraiser for the Northern Cancer Foundation are: (back row, from left) Kristopher Cacciotti and Yolanda Thibeault of the Northern Cancer Foundation, Matthew Kohut and Mark Broadfoot of The Food Truck, Mitch Speigel of the Burger Wars committee and Jana Schilkie with Jana Hospitality Consulting, and; (in front, from left) Rebecca Guthrie and Austin Nielsen of The Food Truck.

While the proceeds are still being counted, we do know who won this year’s Burger Wars fundraiser for the Northern Cancer Foundation.

Based on the votes of local burger lovers, The Food Truck in New Sudbury at the corner of Auger Avenue and Lasalle Boulevard was crowned the maker of the city’s best burger and most creative burger this year.

Burger Wars is an annual fundraiser that sees local restaurants donate $1 from the sale of selected burgers to beef up funding for the Northern Cancer Foundation. 

Sudbury residents are then invited to try out as many burger creations as they can at local eateries and vote on their favourites.

The idea appears to have come to Sudbury via the East Coast, according to local organizer Mitch Speigel, who explained that his daughter and her family live in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, a beautiful town that he visits often. 

"On one visit, we arrived in the middle of a 'war,' a 'Burger War'. Every restaurant, and there are many, had a poster and tent cards advertising their special burger. For every one of these burgers sold, a dollar would be going to a local children's charity."

Spiegel said he was told the idea for the Nova Scotia event was borrowed from an event in Prince Edward Island and he thought it would be cool to "re-borrow" the idea for Sudbury. 

The previous Burger Wars month was held back in 2019. At that time the event was won by Ricky Lee's Da Bomb Diner.

Participating in this year’s Burger Wars was Alexandria’s, Aisle Nine, Apollo Restaurant, Bella Vita Cucina, Gus’ Restaurant, Kelseys, La Casa Mexicana, Lot 88 Steakhouse & Bar, Montana’s, Overtime Sports Bar and Grill (Sudbury), J’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill, St. Louis Bar & Grill (Sudbury and Hanmer locations), Trevi Bar and Grill, Tucos Taco Lounge, Jak’s Diner, The Food Truck, Eddie’s Restaurant, Hilton Garden Inn (Garden Grill), White Birch Creamery, Northern Burger, Mange!, Hardrock 42, Fire House Bar and Grill, Pizzeria Roma and Rudy’s Restaurant.