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What with the end of summer bearing down on us like a 350-pound Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive tackle, this seems like an excellent time for a poem.

So we will kick off your bittersweet weekend weather forecast with the following original, informative, and extremely mouth-watering bit of rhyming diction:

"Roses are red/Violets are blue/The weather is great/And the burgers are, too!"

In analyzing the meaning behind these words, we literary geniuses are forced to draw two conclusions:

1) Our late-summer weather has been pretty spectacular, with tons of sun and heat;

2) After rambling on about the weather for a bit, I am going to tell you where you can get your mitts on what is now officially the best cheeseburger in Winnipeg.

Speaking of sizzling weather, Environment Canada says above-normal temperatures will continue this week, although it should be a bit milder than the sauna we've endured the last couple of weeks.

According to the weather office, we can expect sunshine with increasing cloudiness early in the afternoon today, with a high of 23 C, a tad warmer than the normal high of 20 C as summer slowly fades from the scene.

On Sunday, we're talking nothing but sunshine, with a high of 22 C. The only rain in the outlook is expected Monday, but it should be gloriously sunny the rest of the week.

With the autumnal equinox slated to arrive on Sunday, Sept. 22, you are going to want to fill these last days of summer with as much fun and frivolity as humanly possible. So what better way to start than by consuming an award-winning burger?

As you may know, CBC Information Radio 89.3's morning show with Marcy Markusa invited me to be one of three judges in its search for the city's best burger.

Online votes from 3,000 diners narrowed the field from 26 to the five finalists, and the judges -- Tim Turner, founder of Burger Club Winnipeg, Robin Summerfield, award-winning food writer from pegcitygrub.com, and me -- crowned the champion Friday.

After stuffing our faces and wiping our chins, our choice for Winnipeg's best burger was... Dairi-Wip Drive-in on Marion Street in St. Boniface. Mrs. Mike's came in a close second and Five Guys Burgers & Fries was third.

After burgers, spend the rest of the weekend at Manyfest, the city's biggest street festival, an end-of-summer celebration of arts, entertainment, community and healthy living.

You can find the full schedule at www.manyfest.ca, but I am going to strongly suggest you check out Food Truck Wars, wherein you can sample the wares from 12 of our finest mobile dining options and vote for your favourite.

And you can cap off a great weekend by watching the Bombers bounce back and batter the Roughriders in Sunday afternoon's Banjo Bowl.

Just make sure you have a juicy burger on hand, because you, the beleaguered fans, are the mustard in the Big Burger of Life... so lettuce stick together!

doug.speirs@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2013 A2

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