Summertime brings to mind lazy summer days, the sizzle of burgers on the grill and for Vero Beach, Burgers & Brews – An American Heritage Celebration festival hosted by United Against Poverty (UP).

Proceeds from the event benefit the transformative programs at UP of Indian River County that inspire and empower those living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.

The festival runs from 2 to 7 p.m. June 24 in the Oaks Area at Riverside Park and offers something for everyone. In addition to the burger competition, there will be Florida craft beer sampling, a car show, a VIP Lounge, live music on the CW Willis Family Farms stage, and a kid’s and game zone so you can party with a purpose all in one location.

The Slider Tasting Punch Card includes five sliders from the burger competition for $20/advance and $25/at the event. Enjoy unlimited samples of Florida craft beer for $40/advance and $45/at the event. For those wanting the VIP treatment, the VIP Access Pass, for $100, offers air-cooled seating, a slider tasting punch card, a beer sampling wristband, private restrooms, and refreshments.

Look up “Burgers & Brews 2023” on Eventbrite or go to to buy your tickets!

This year a car show is being added to the fun! All car enthusiasts will be able to view all types of cars; classic, antique, sports, and muscle cars. Have a cool car you want to show off? Fill out the car show registration form on The registration fee is only $20!

Much fun will be had in the Kids and Game Zone, sponsored by Michael and Linda Rusciano, Florida Blue, and Exchange Club of Vero Beach, with bounce houses and giant lawn games! Enjoy corn hole, giant horseshoes, giant beer pong, and more!

The Best Burger in Indian River Competition is already sizzling with a tempting line up of burger bliss with chefs from The Barefoot Café, BigShots Golf Vero Beach, The Brennity at Vero Beach, The Grill at CW Willis Family Farms, Heaton’s Vero Beach, Marsh Landing Restaurant, Nettie’s Roadside Restaurant, Pepper & Salt BBQ, Southern Social, Waldo’s, Wilke’s 14 Bones all ready to put their best burger forward.

Volunteer opportunities are available. For information, email Volunteer Coordinator, Wendy, at

Slider Tasting Punch Cards and Beer Sampling Wristbands are selling out quick, so be sure to get yours early at To learn more about United Against Poverty, visit


·  2:00p.m. Festival Start

·  2:00 – 5:30p.m. Slider Tasting & Best Burger in Indian River County Competition

·  2:00 – 7:00p.m. Car Show

·  2:00 – 7:00p.m. Live Music on the Main Stage

·  4:00p.m. Apple Pie Eating Contest – If you would like to participate (and win a prize!) be at the Main Stage by 3:55pm.

·  6:00p.m. Burger Competition and Car Show Award Announcements

·  7:00 p.m. End of Festival

2023 Burger Competition Competitors so far!

1) The Barefoot Cafe, 2) BigShots Golf, 3) The Brennity at Vero Beach, 4) The Grill at CW Willis Family Farms, 5) Heaton’s Vero Beach, 6) Marsh Landing Restaurant, 7) Pepper & Salt BBQ, 8) Southern Social, 9)Nettie’s Roadside Restaurant, 10) Waldo’s, 11) Wilke’s 14 Bones

Craft Breweries:

American Icon Brewery, Hop Life Brewing, Islamorada Brewery And Distillery, Motorwords Brewing, Orchid Island Brewery, Sailfish Brewing Company, Side Door Brewing Company, Tampa Bay Brewing Company

And More!

Burgers & Brews is generously sponsored by:

93.7 GYL, B94.7, 99.7 JackFM, CW Willis Family Farms, Cole Auto/Napa Auto, Gotta Go Green, Southern Eagle Distributing, Thunder House Sound, Michael & Linda Rusciano, Exchange Club of Vero Beach, Florida Blue, Senior Life Services

Lulich & Attorneys, CyberMack Consultants, United Rentals, D&S Auto Repair, American Icon Brewery, Silvia and Leo Cancio, Storm Tight Windows, Vivo Infusion, The Ice Shanty

Norair Photography, Bordertown Blades, Perricone Juices, Adams Media Group, Aetna, Oak Crest Roofing, Seacoast Bank, Ultimate Health Plans, Como Oil

Golf Carts of Vero Beach, Great Southern Recyclers, Hop Til You Drop, Steve’s P-Nuts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Charlie’s Towing


  • Media are invited to attend on behalf of host, United Against Poverty.
  • Matt Tanner, United Against Poverty Executive Director is available for interviews.
  • Allison Zukowski, the event’s organizer and Development Manager at United Against Poverty is available to discuss:  sponsorship opportunities for other UP events, UP’s transformative programs, How to get involved with UP


Media interested in attending or learning more may contact Allison Zukowski, 772-770-0740 ext. 204,

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