Dining With Denise Neil

King of Weiners, Ruler of Burgers to be named in downtown Wichita

Burger fans can sample creations from a dozen local restaurants at Saturday’s ICT Burger Battle.
Burger fans can sample creations from a dozen local restaurants at Saturday’s ICT Burger Battle. The Wichita Eagle

Two big eating events are teaming up this weekend, and when Saturday ends, Wichita should have a new King of Weiners, a new Ruler of Burgers.

The second annual ICT Bloktoberfest party at Wichita WaterWalk, now in its second year, is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Wichita WaterWalk. And it’s absorbed another longtime eating event into its schedule – the ICT Burger Battle, a burger sampling event in its fourth year.

Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy both events this weekend.

ICT Bloktoberfest

Last year was the first year for this event, put on by XClusive Event Services, and it was so popular that the crowd of 4,000 people that crammed in to Union Station plaza could barely move.

So this year, the organizers are moving the event to a bigger venue and stretching the fun out over two days. It happens on Friday and Saturday at the Wichita WaterWalk, 515 S. Main, in the field just east of the dancing fountains. Admission to both days of fun is free, though the food and drink events will require tickets.

It will all start Friday with a beer tasting that happens from 6 to 9 p.m. and will require a $40 ticket. The event will include samples of more than 74 beers from 12 breweries plus a brat and kraut buffet by Douglas Avenue Chop Shop. ICT Bloktoberfest also will have a classic car show on Friday starting at 5 p.m.

The party continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and will start with a sausage contest, where a dozen local businesses will serve up samples of weiners they helped create in hopes of winning the title of “King Weiner.” I am one of the participants and will be offering a bite of sausage with an Italian flair, so look for me there. The King Weiner tasting happens from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and tickets to it are $25.

Saturday’s list of events also includes a hot dog eating contest, weiner dog Olympics, a beer garden, live music and more.

Tickets to the various Bloktoberfest events are available at https://www.eventbrite.com and for a complete lineup of events, visit http://xclusiveeventservices.com/bloktoberfest/

ICT Burger Battle

KETCH is folding its 4-year-old ICT Burger Battle into Bloktoberfest. It will happen at the Wichita WaterWalk from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Those who purchase tickets will be able to sample burgers prepared by a dozen local restaurants, including Dempsey’s Burger Pub, District Taqueria, Five Guys, The Anchor and more.

General admission tickets, which include burger samples, chips, soda and beer while it lasts, are $25, and kids 12 and under get in free. People will be permitted to come and go between the Burger Battle and Bloktoberfest activities.

If I survive the King Weiner contest, I’m also signed up to be a judge at this event. Will I ever survive Saturday?

Tickets for the Burger Battle are available at http://ictburgerbattle.com.