Battle Bros' Unique Food Competitions Are Real Palate-Pleasers
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Battle Bros' Unique Food Competitions Are Real Palate-Pleasers

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The Battle Bros planned their very first event, the Space Coast Wing Battle, in February of 2020. Since then, co-founders Sean Beck and Jake Schmalenberer have grown their company into a well respected producer of Brevard County’s best friendly food competition events. 

Today, they plan and execute four events in Brevard each year: 

  • Space Coast Wing Battle
  • 321 Food Fest and Craft Fair
  • 321:Tacos and Treats Throwdown
  • Space Coast Burger Battle 

What Beck and Schmalenberger have built is a unique festival model, where between 35 and 40 restaurants serve from menus designed to allow guests to try as many different options as possible. Battle Bros’ past track record has over 100 restaurants applying to be a part of each event. 

“Once inside, visitors have the ability to explore and experience different restaurants that are all offering a la carte menus at $5 or less per item,” Beck said. “At other food events, it is nearly impossible to try several different trucks. At our events, you can spread the wealth and try items from several local businesses.”

Supporting and promoting local businesses is one of the Battle Bros’ passions. 

“We prioritize local first and foremost,” Beck said. “I want the majority of vendors participating in our event to be local. We are also looking to offer a unique experience, some Instagram-worthy food you aren’t getting at just another food truck rally.”

The restaurants benefit from the large crowds each Battle Bros event draws — between 7,000 and 10,000 attendees. These events provide a lot of exposure for brick-and-mortar locations, giving them a way to market who they are and serve a lot of people who have never tried their food before.

The 2nd Annual Space Coast Burger Battle will be Saturday, May 13, at Wickham Park in Melbourne. The event, which runs from noon until 9 p.m., also features live entertainment, a craft marketplace, and alcohol and dessert booths. 

Beck and Schmalenberger also designed their company to give back to the local community. Each event partners the Battle Bros with a local nonprofit. The Space Coast Burger Battle will benefit The Children’s Hunger Project, an organization that provides meals to Brevard school children facing weekend hunger. 

The Children’s Hunger Project (TCHP) joined forces with Battle Bros starting in 2019. Cheryl Cominsky, executive director, says partnering with Battle Bros is a “win-win” situation. TCHP benefits from the team’s marketing and social media postings prior to the event, as well as the additional awareness created at the event itself. TCHP provides volunteers, helping keep costs down. After the Space Coast Burger Battle, a portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to TCHP.

“The Battle Bros team is like our extended family,” Cominsky said. “They have made our cause their own, participate in volunteering for our nonprofit, and bring their children and friends to help.”

“We live here,” Beck said. “We are really big on supporting local and working with local businesses. We are a small family company and the most important thing is the relationships we have built along the way.”

Space Coast Burger Battle
May 13
Noon - 9 p.m.
Wickham Park
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