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2017 Akron Arts Expo!


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of Ellen Lander Nischt
Published: 07-26-2017

2017 Akron Arts Expo!

Food, Wine & Fine Art

Thursday July 27- Sunday, July 30, 2017

Hardesty Park (1615 W. Market Street, Akron 44313)

Presented by the City of Akron

12th Annual Taste of Akron

Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 -10:00 pm

Over 20 of the area’s best restaurants and eight of the hottest gourmet food trucks will offer food samples during the Taste of Akron to give you a fantastic lineup of the city’s best eats!  Patrons can enjoy samples of appetizers, entrées, and desserts, while listening to the popular local band, Mo Mojo from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Food samples will be available for 1, 2, or 3 tickets.  Tickets are available for $2.00 each.  Food tickets sales will begin at 5:30 pm. Parking and admission are FREE. Cash, VISA and MasterCard accepted. The Taste of Akron is sponsored by American Wood Reface.

Participants this year will include:

Nuevo Modern Mexican

Old Carolina BBQ

The Pierogi Lady

Arnie’s Public House

Totally Cooked

Ido Bar & Grill

Kevin O’Bryan’s

Ms. Julie’s Kitchen

Piada Italian Street Food

Chocolates by Erin

Papa John’s Pizza

Dewey’s Pizza

Sweet Mary’s Bakery

Crave Cantina


Bombay Grill

D’Agnese’s at White Pond

Bomba Tacos & Rum

Stray Dog City Tavern

BLU Plate

The Square Scullery


Southern Thangs

Ye Olde School Treats N Eats

Fork Fuel

Stone Pelican Rolling Café


Stray Dog Carts


19th Annual Summer Uncorked! Wine & Beer Tasting

Friday, July 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Savor the color, aroma, and flavor of over 150 premium wines and beers.  Enjoy a summer sampling of hors d'oeuvres from premier caterer Robert J. Events while bidding on an array of silent auction items, including original artwork from the Akron Arts Expo artists and an assortment of unique items from local businesses. Live entertainment by Sausalito Trio will be provided. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at Summer Uncorked! Wine & Beer Tasting is sponsored by Akron Life Magazine and Heidelberg Distributing Company.


38th Annual Akron Arts Expo

Saturday, July 29th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 30th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Akron Arts Expo celebrates the creativity of over 150 juried exhibitors from across the country. The Akron Arts Expo is a FREE, family-friendly weekend event and draws over 20,000 patrons to the Akron area.  It features live entertainment throughout the day including a 3:00 pm performance by Akron Big Band on Sunday.  A free shuttle service will be available from the WAKR/WONE/WQMX east side parking lot at 1795 West Market Street. Updates on all Akron Arts Expo activities will be available throughout the weekend thanks to media sponsor WAKR/WONE/WQMX. 

The interactive Children’s Tent will feature local organizations such as Café O’Play, The Akron Children’s Museum, Summit County Public Library, Hale Farm and Village, Akron Fossils and Science Center and Pat Catan’s Craft Centers providing fun activities for kids. 

Have a favorite artist exhibiting at the show? Visit our Silent Auction inside the Expo Tent throughout the weekend to bid on one of their items. Artwork from all of the Akron Arts Expo artists will be showcased during our Silent Auction. Auction closing times are 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be entertainment and organizations offering activities throughout the weekend. Check out the Expo Tent for community booths, pet adoptions, and other activities. Heidelberg Distributing Company will be doing food and wine pairings on Saturday with Crave Cantina at 2:00 pm and on Sunday with Moe’s Restaurant at 2:00 pm in the Expo Tent. There will also be Sip & Paint under the Expo Tent on Saturday and Sunday at 12:30pm. Take a painting class while enjoying a refreshing glass of wine. Patrons will take home their masterpiece along with a complimentary wine glass.

      There’s something for everyone at the Akron Arts Expo! For more information, please visit or contact Akron Arts Expo Coordinator, Laurie Chenevey at 330-375-2854.

The Taste of Akron is sponsored by American Wood Reface, and Summer Uncorked! Wine & Beer Tasting is sponsored by Akron Life Magazine and Heidelberg Distributing Company. 
The Akron Arts Expo would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: WAKR/WONE/WQMX, Pepsi, Heidelberg Distributing Company, House of LaRose, Pat Catan’s Craft Centers, Akron Beacon Journal/, Bright Idea Shops, Morgan Linen Services, and Main Street Gourmet.



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