Slater’s 50/50 to Host “Best Burger Challenge” Contest at ORANGE COUNTY BBQ & Music Festival

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On June 9 and 10, more than 20,000 people are expected to gather at the OC Fair and Events Center for the Fifth Annual OC BBQ & Music Festival. The event is one of the largest State Championship competitions and the Nation’s largest BBQ tasting event.

Scott Slater, owner of one of Orange County’s most popular burger boutiques, Slater’s 50/50, has issued a challenge to the competition teams to create a unique burger recipe fit to be served in his three Southern California restaurants as the famed “Burger of the Month”.

On Sunday, June 10 at 11 a.m., Slater will be joined at the judges table alongside Brad Lyons, Executive Chef of Slater’s 50/50, and Neil Saavedra, reporter and host of The Fork Report food show featured on KFI Radio.

The three judges will sample burger entries submitted from hopeful teams vying for the accolades of Burger Challenge Champion and to have their burger reign supreme in Slater’s restaurants in Anaheim Hills, Huntington Beach, and San Diego. Slater’s 50/50 will donate a portion of all Burger of the Month sales from the Burger Challenge Champion’s burger to Kristie’s Foundation.

OC BBQ Festival also features a concert by Sugar Ray, American Idol finalists, live music, Mr. BBQ Pageant, car show, a HUGE Kid Zone, and more!

About Kristie’s Foundation:
Kristie’s Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that has been providing support and services to critically ill children and their families since 2003. It was founded by Laurie Kotas, a mother who lost her 7 year old daughter (Kristie) to Leukemia. Kristie’s Foundation is expanding their operations by creating Kristie’s Place, the first children’s end-of-life- care facility in Southern California. This will fulfill a desperate need in our community in the care of terminally ill children.

At Kristie’s Place, they will focus on life and helping families make the most of every moment their child is alive. They will also ensure that the children do not suffer. Laurie Kotas says, “At Kristie’s Place, we will help children live fully and find comfort in their final days”. Please visit

About Slater’s 50/50:
Slater’s 50/50® was founded in 2009 in Anaheim Hills, California by Scott Slater, a San Diego State graduate with a passion for gourmet comfort food and craft beer. Teaming up with Executive Chef Brad Lyons, they created the world’s first 50/50 burger – 50 percent ground bacon and 50 percent ground beef – taking the Southern California restaurant scene by storm. In 2011, the second Slater’s 50/50 opened in Huntington Beach followed quickly by the San Diego location. Since opening, Slater’s 50/50 has won a number of awards and accolades including “Best Burger” by the Orange County Register, OC Weekly, and Fox 5 San Diego as well as Best New Restaurant by San Diego Magazine. Slater’s 50/50 has also been featured on national television shows including the Travel Channel’s Bacon Paradise and Discovery Channel’s United States of Bacon.

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