It looks like a hamburger. It smells like a hamburger. It even tastes like a hamburger. But it’s not a hamburger. Unity College has been serving the plant-based Impossible Burger for months, and on August 8, the College is challenging Taste of Waterville festival-goers to see if they can tell the difference.

“With every bite of the Impossible Burger or a McKay salad we are not only making better choices for ourselves, but also the environment. In fact, the Impossible Burger uses about 1/20th the land, 1/4th the water, and produces 1/8th the greenhouse gas emissions than the average burger made from cows. We are also featuring local tomatoes, and local chips and local soda,” said Becky Sugden, Unity College Catering Manager. “It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase what we do here at Unity College catering and events.”

The Impossible Burger is made from simple ingredients found in nature, including wheat protein, coconut oil, potato protein, and heme, which helps give the burger its meat-like taste and aroma.

“The first day we had the Impossible Burger here at Unity College, I had to try it to see for myself,” said Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, President of Unity College. “As a meat lover myself, I can assure foodies that it is very good. Will meat eaters be able to tell the difference? I think that’s better left for them to try it and decide.”

Join the Unity College Catering staff Wednesday, August 8, to get a taste of the Impossible Burger and see for yourself.