National Hamburger Festival founder Drew Cezra announced this week that former competitive eater Dave "Coondog" O'Karma will serve as the honorary chairman for this year's festival, taking place in downtown Akron on August 8th and 9th. The announcement was made at a news conference held at the Akron Rubber Ducks stadium, and also celebrated the 10th year of the annual festival. Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco attended the conference, as did several restaurants who participate in the festival.
One of the best-known local hamburger restaurants, Menches Brothers, brought a 10 pound burger in honor of the event. I had a chance to try a piece of the burger, and you'd think that being as big as it was, it would just taste like plain old ground beef. I have to hand it to them- even that big chunk of burger had the same great taste that I expect from Menches Brothers.
In addition to all of the regular live events, a new craft beer tasting and indie rock showcase is being held on Sunday the 9th. Thirsty Dog Brewing, Buckeye Brewing, and several other local and national brewers will have their beers on draft. Try their beers while you listen to the bands and the kids play on the free inflatables.
The festival is being held at Lock 3 Park (200 South Main Street, Akron, Ohio) on Saturday August 8, 2015 (12-11pm) and Sunday August 9, 2015 (12-7pm).
Admission is $5, and children under 8 are free.
For more information and full schedule, visit www.hamburgerfestival.com
Downtown Akron, Lock 3
August 9-10, 2014
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.
FOX's hit show Kitchen Nightmares staring Chef Gordon Ramsay is coming to Cleveland. Casting calls are currently being held for a restaurant to take part in the taping of the show. To be eligible, a restaurant must have been open for one year, offer dinner service, not be a franchise chain, and have at least 35 seats.
If you are a restaurant owner, download the application and email it to KitchenNightmares@theconlincompany.com or fill out the application online at www.theconlincompany.com. If you would like to nominate a restaurant, you can call (310) 313-9100 or email KitchenNightmares@theconlincompany.com.
I grew up in the Cleveland area (Brookpark /Strongsville) and I've always loved good food. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, but it has to be good. I'm probably much happier with a good hot dog or pizza than with an expensive steak! In any case, I work between Cleveland and Akron now, and my work sometimes takes me around both areas during lunch time. I became known amongst my friends and co-workers as 'the guy to ask about where you should eat when you're up in Cleveland'. When visiting some of my favorite places, I got in the habit of taking photos of my food and uploading them to my Facebook page, but everyone started asking me why I was posting pictures of my lunch on Facebook. With that in mind, I decided to start this blog in the hopes that I can share some of my favorite food tips with all of you, and also in the hopes that I can get some good tips back as well!