Taste of Akron 2015 – Food, Art & Wine
Throughout the cold, rainy [shitty] months leading up to summer, there are few things I look forward to more than a good food festival. It kind of keeps me going. I know this sentiment is shared… especially after this epic rain season we just experienced.
One of my favorite events is Taste of Akron, which is happening this Thursday (July 23rd) in Hardesty Park. It’s well-attended, the park is a great backdrop, and the mix of participating restaurants is pretty good, and varies widely.
You’ll find some of the best local food trucks like Wholly Frijoles and Stone Pelican Rolling Café, in addition to some of Akron’s most recognized restaurants like Papa Joe’s, Moe’s, Fleming’s and Vaccaro’s Trattoria. Beer and wine distributors are also participating to pair those delish dishes with a libation or two.
While admission is free (you can walk around and watch other folks eat… I guess) tickets are $2 each and food samples are offered for 1, 2 and 3 tickets. The restaurants decide the value of their dish and charge accordingly. For example fries will most likely be $2 while a steak small plate will be $6.
Bring cash. They do accept cards, but in my experience it is much slower, the line is much longer, and they only take MasterCard and Visa. Plus, like any other food festival, the tickets are non-refundable, so there’s no reason you need a fat stack of food tickets.
The tapas-sized portions allow you to sample multiple dishes at an affordable cost, in an atmosphere you’re comfortable with. A judgement-free zone you could say. With $6 as the max, no need to scuff at prices; tator tots alongside seared ahi tuna, go ahead, have both; and foodies among killjoys (I mean…), all friends.
Tickets go on sale at 5:00 p.m. and the event starts at 6:00 p.m. It will take time to go through the line to get the tickets, so give yourself some extra time for those tickets.
Also, to give credit where credit is due, the Taste of Akron kicks off the annual Akron Arts Expo, which goes into full-swing on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm (5:00pm on Sunday). Free admission, entertainment and the opportunity to buy some really awesome local art.
Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., there will be a taste of the expo during Summer Uncorked, a wine tasting and silent auction. Tickets are $40 per person, or $75 for a pair. Your ticket will allow you to sample over 150 wines and beers, indulge in hors d’oeuvres, and bid on a variety of silent auction items. Pretty good deal, I think.
Parking is free at the park, and on surrounding roads for all events.
And there you go, your entire weekend is planned.
Hardesty Park: 1615 W. Market Street, Akron, Ohio 44313