Italy has pizza, Japan has sushi however Saskatchewan has a distinct form of well-known delicacy — the rink burger.
Rink burgers are a staple for hockey gamers, determine skaters and curlers throughout the province. Every city and rink claims theirs is one of the best, so CBC’s Blue Sky host Garth Materie determined to ask for suggestions on which area has one of the best bites.
Todd Devonshire described hockey arenas as his second dwelling rising up. He says having a rink burger principally each weekend all through his youth hockey profession had such an influence on his life that he even titled his memoir Rink Burgers.
“Everyone is aware of what a rink burger is in Saskatchewan,” Devonshire stated. “When we performed the video games, whether or not we received or misplaced it did not matter, it was about getting that rink burger after the sport.”
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Devonshire is trying ahead to having some rink burgers at his native rink in Martensville, Sask., at Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on Jan. 21. This is the primary time that Martensville hosts the occasion.
Devonshire’s excellent rink burger has fried onions, melted cheese and a toasted bun. A well-liked aspect for him rising up was onion rings drowned in vinegar with just a little little bit of mustard.
The cowl of Todd Devonshire’s e book Rink Burgers. (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)
Devonshire’s prime three all-time mouth-watering rink burgers are from lately closed Granite Curling Club in Saskatoon, Canwood and his childhood rink in Big River.
“The rink burger actually turned an attraction, particularly right here in small city Saskatchewan.”
A neighborhood contact
Deb Ashby, the city of Bengough’s recreation director, says their rink’s burger was beforehand ranked prime 5 within the province.
“Everybody tells us now we have a number of the finest rink burgers within the space,” Ashby stated. “They all the time like to have our burger after they come to our rink.”
Ashby says that getting their meat from native butchers, who get their beef from close by ranchers, is what makes their burgers so tasty.
At some rinks across the province, delicacies have expanded previous the traditional rink burger and its typical sides.
Tim Philp runs the Bristles Cafe in Regina’s Highland Curling rink. The cafe has menu objects starting from schnitzel to tacos, however nothing tops his cinnamon buns.
“We have individuals from the neighborhood simply coming in to eat the meals,” Philp stated.
“Everybody’s welcome, you do not have to curve to eat right here.”
Kelly likes to snack on the occasional poutine whereas watching her youngsters play hockey. (Submitted by Lesley Kelly)
Lesley Kelly sees her justifiable share of rink meals driving her youngsters to totally different arenas across the province. One of her favorite rink snacks is the popcorn hen poutine at her hometown rink in Watrous, Sask.
She says one of many finest elements about rink meals is understanding the income will assist the area people.
“It’s coming from volunteers and native farmers,” Kelly stated. “Supporting these companies and the viability of the rink and the city is what makes it additional particular.”
Here are another favourites that listeners shared with Blue Sky in feedback and emails:
“I’ve had breakfast sandwiches in Moose Jaw, Kenston, Gravelbourg, Assiniboia, Yorkton, Dalmeny, and Humboldt to this point this yr. Moose Jaw and Assiniboia are undoubtedly prime two,” Kyle stated.”Carrot River now has an incredible little cafe within the area. It’s referred to as Soup Town Cafe,” Crystal stated.”The burgers on the Drake rink as a result of they get their meat from the processing facility on the town,” Nancy stated.”We’ve eaten an entire lot of Sask. rink burgers. My favorite … Milestone! Local farmer’s beef,” Denise stated.”The burgers at Prudhomme and Aberdeen rinks as a result of the individuals serving them have been so pleasant,” Joan stated. “The Midale rink has a tremendous choice. Lots of various sorts of poutine, hen burgers … like a restaurant,” Meighan stated.”Best burger: Bulyea rink,” Jennifer stated.”Strasbourg Rink has one of the best burgers — They are home made from our native Hillside Foods! Amazing!” Michel stated.