FAYETTEVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The annual Slawburger Festival is known as Lincoln County’s signature spring event. It has a unique name for a unique burger originating in the heart of Fayetteville’s downtown plaza.
“Everyone thinks it’s coleslaw. It’s not. It’s a misconception everyone has,” Fayetteville Main Street President Sunny Nix told News 19. “And once you’ve had one, it’s a taste your mouth says to itself. : “Oh, what is it?” And then you come back for more.
Much of the Tennessee Valley has returned for more to Honey’s Restaurant for 99 years. People of all ages enjoy the recipe originally dreamed up by the current owner’s great-grandfather, Lee McAlister.
“When it was introduced it became a hit,” McAlister said. “It exploded. I’m telling you, we’ve got a great deal. We were very lucky and Lincoln County was good to us.
In 2015, Fayetteville Main Street and the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce launched a festival centered around live music, dozens of local vendors, and even a Slawburger eating contest.
“[2 p.m. Saturday will be] our famous Slawburger eating contest, and with that this year we have 15 entrants. They have a ten minute time limit to see who can eat the most,” Nix said.
“And there are so many other things besides the Slaw-eating contest that day,” McAlister said. “There are things for children. There are excellent vendors around the place. It’s a fun day for all.
Organizers are hoping Saturday will be the biggest edition yet.
“When [the weather] starting to heat up, everyone wants to get out in the plaza,” said Aimee Byrd, executive director of Fayetteville Main Street. “So it’s a great way. And we have a beer garden. So it’s a great way for everyone to be outside at this time of year.
“We want people to come in,” Nix added. “We want traders to stay open and sell their products. We want it to be a place where we call home and where we can continue what we have.
If you’re worried about the weather, the festival takes place rain or shine on Saturday from 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free – just bring an empty stomach.
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