Contestants cry foul, attendees go hungry at Budweiser burger fest

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Sunday contestants from Saturday’s Buds and Burgers National Competition at Anheuser Busch say it was rigged and unfair because not everyone got a chance to sample the food.

Bud and Burgers was a tasty one of a kind food battle at Anheuser Busch. But for competitors the event left them with a bad taste in their mouth.

Five of the top ten contestants from across the country claimed the judging system of text messages was biased to local competitors and the burger supplies were slim.

Visitors also took to social media claiming they shelled out $20 for a ticket and didn’t get what they paid for.

Amateur chef Scott Wallace says the $100,000 winner is from St. Louis.

We reached out to Anheuser Busch about the competition and they released a statement saying in part.

“We are sorry to hear that some attendees didn’t get burgers at yesterday’s event. Due to overwhelming interest we ran out 15 minutes earlier than expected.”

The beer giant also apologized to customers online and offered refunds to those who were left unsatisfied. And had no comment on the contestant’s claims.

The competition may be wrapped up. But the question of how Bud and Burgers was handled will stick with a some cooks like a bad hangover.

We also made calls to the company who planned the event and are waiting for a response. We have details on the refund and full statement from Anheuser Busch on fox 2 now. com.

Statement from a Budweiser spokesperson:

We’re sorry to hear that some attendees didn’t get burgers at yesterday’s event. Due to overwhelming interest, we ran out 15 minutes earlier than expected, but we are offering refunds to people who didn’t get the full experience. Refund information will be posted soon on

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