National Hamburger Festival - Akron, Ohio

Downtown Akron, Lock 3

August 9-10, 2014

National Hamburger Festival

The National Hamburger Festival is being held this year on August 9th and 10th of 2014 in downtown Akron.  Some of the best burger joints around will be setting up shop on Main Street so that you can decide for yourself who makes the best burger.  Entertainment and special events will take place in Lock 3 Park throughout the weekend including the Ohio Burger Eating Championship, a burger cook-off, bobbing for burgers, and the Miss Hamburger Pageant.  Visit the Hamburger Festival site for a schedule of events.  

Dan Barber & Michael Ruhlman on the Future of American Eating - MOCA

 Dan Barber

Chef and author Dan Barber and local author Michael Ruhlman will be appearing at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on June 10th, 2014 at 6:00PM.  

Barber will be discussing his new book The Third Plate,  and will be talking with Ruhlman about his vision for the future of American eating.  

The book signing will take place at 6:00, and the talk will begin at 7:00.  MOCA is located at:

11400 Euclid Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44106


Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased by calling (216)658-6919 or visiting the MOCA website at


Bar Louie - Rock The Tot

Rock The Tot 

 Bar Louie will be holding their 6th annual Tater Tot eating contest on Thursday, September 19th at 8pm.

The event will be taking place at all of the Bar Louie locations, including those in the Cleveland area (Legacy Village, Cleveland, and Westlake).

For more information, visit visit

The National Hamburger Festival - Akron

Downtown Akron, Lock 3

August 17-18, 2013

National Hamburger Festival

The National Hamburger Festival is being held at Lock 3 in downtown Akron on August 18th and 18th of 2013.

The Hamburger Festival is back for another year in Akron!  Come down and try a few burgers- ranging from the traditional to the unique.  In the past there have been deep-fried burgers, greek burgers, breakfast burger, and other variations you might not have ever dreamed of.  For the past several years, I've been a judge in the best burger competition, and I've been asked back again this year.  It's a chore tasting so many burgers, but I'll power through it and let you know how it goes.  Check back after the festival for the competition results, and in the meantime, hope to see you there!



Popped! Kent, OH



Late in the fall of 2012, I had the opportunity to stop at Popped!.  Located within the newly developed Acorn Alley area of Kent, lies the small popcorn shop owned by Gwen Rosenburg who is helped out by her husband, Aaron.  As you walk into the unassuming shop, the wonderful aroma of freshly popped Ohio grown corn tantalizes the nose and taste buds.

Gwen pops corn with common flavors such as caramel, caramel with peanuts and kettle corn along with unique flavors such as "Firehouse", "Baja" and white cheddar.  I ordered a small cone-full with the white cheddar.  It tasted as fresh as fresh popped corn could be with a satisfying white cheddar cheese taste. If you pass through the Kent area and are looking for a light snack, you must stop at Popped!  Eat up!