Akron Honey’s Market Day festival is coming up on June 30. What you need to know

Plenty of fun flavors will mingle again when Akron Honey hosts its 11th annual Market Day near the Urban Apiary on the West Side on June 30 from 1-5 p.m.

The event, held on a closed street around 1045 Jefferson Ave., will feature 16 food and gift vendors, three food trucks and DJ Pops.

Akron Honey owner Wesley the Keeper (aka Brent Wesley) reports that there will be several new and great things happening at the market this year. Akron Honey is not only bringing back its Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea, it’s also adding a new strawberry flavor. Akron Honey will also release a batch of Urban Honey from the Wesley Family Apiary and Microfarm on Jefferson.

At this year’s annual event, food truck Johnny Lotes will team up with Akron Honey to introduce a new menu billed as colorful and spicy and only available on the Akron Honey block. Menu items include the Honey Bee Lote, a warm honey version of a classic elote on a stick; Elote salad drizzled with apple honey vinaigrette; and 3 Chicken Tacos, elote tacos with garlic and onion flavor.

In other honey-focused items, West Akron-based Ash House Soap Studio & Refillery will release an exclusive honey-lavender soap and food truck Henry’s Creamery will serve its popular honeycomb ice cream. Baked AF makes honey graham dunkaroos with funfetti icing and a cornbread cookie with honey butter, both with Akron honey.

Food vendors come to Akron Honey’s Market Day

  • Not Yo Daddy’s Mexican hot sauce: Owner Christina Gonzalez’s Mexican hot sauce is made from a secret family recipe from Durango, Mexico. The small-batch artisanal sauce, made in Akron, features flavors from Mexico’s northern region.
  • Big T’s Cookies: The Akron cookie company, owned by Travis Howe, offers handmade, large, thick, chewy, quarter-pound cookies.
  • Nosh Butters: Sam Trohman makes small-batch artisan nut butters that are plant-based, gluten-free and palm oil-free.
  • Portal West Coffee: Paul Ortiz owns the Akron Coffee Shop, located in the Merriman Valley.
  • Hartville chips: Founder Paul LaGuardia makes chips the old-fashioned way, in small batches and in the kettle, using simple ingredients at this South Akron business.
  • Chutni punch: South Indian finishing spice powders inspired by the family recipes of founder Sahithya Wintrich.
  • Julia Belle’s herbs: Tanya Green sells hand-blended spices, rubs and mixes that have their roots in Southern cooking, as well as curated spices from India to Jamaica.
  • Sidekick salsa: Small batch producers of low-sodium, gluten-free, vegan salsa with no added sugar.
  • Hola Island Facilities: The company specializes in Caribbean, authentic concentrated marinades, including Puerto Rican (garlic), Cuban (citrus garlic) and Jamaican (spicy garlic).
  • Hot sauce by Davina Rae: Akron company Fuzzy Rae Gourmet Sauces, founded in 2022, makes Fuzz’s Awesome Sauce, Davina Rae’s Hot Sauce and Medium Hot Sauce.
  • Here we go for coffee: The “small but mighty” Akron nano-roaster is dropping beans on a monthly basis.
  • The social department: The studio and clothing brand Cuyahoga Falls specializes in hand-printed clothing, home goods and posters for adults and children.
  • Finally, Sandy bottom shells is the third food truck that will be present at the block party on June 30. Owner Ariel Meyers-Finnigan will offer fresh acai smoothie bowls with granola and fruit.

For more information about the 11th annual Akron Honey Market Day, see Akron Honey on Facebook or @akronhoney on Instagram.

Arts and restaurant writer Kerry Clawson can be reached at 330-996-3527 or [email protected].