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    Akron Honey to celebrate 11th annual Market Day with vendors, food trucks and more

    By Kerry Clawson, Akron Beacon Journal,


    Plenty of fun flavors will be mingling again when Akron Honey

    The event, held on the street blocked off 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 several new and awesome things will be happening at this year's market. Not only is Akron Honey bringing back its Hibiscus Cold Brew Tea, it's also adding a new strawberry flavor. Akron Honey also will be releasing an Urban Honey batch from the Wesley Family Apiary and Microfarm on Jefferson.

    At this year's annual event, the food truck Johnny Lotes will collaborate with Akron Honey to debut a new menu that's billed as colorful and saucy, available only on the Akron Honey block. Menu items will include the Honey Bee Lote, a hot honey take on 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-centric items, Ash House Soap Studio & Refillery of West Akron will release an exclusive honey lavender soap and the Henry's Creamery food truck will serve its popular honeycomb ice cream. Baked AF will make honey graham dunkaroos with funfetti frosting and a honey butter cornbread cookie, both with Akron Honey.

    Food vendors coming 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 artisan, small-batch sauce made in Akron has flavors from the northern region of Mexico.
    • Fat T's Cookies: The Akron cookie company owned by Travis Howe offers handmade, big, fat, chewy quarter-pound cookies.
    • Nosh Butters: Sam Trohman makes small-batch, craft 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 Potato Chips: Founder Paul LaGuardia makes chips the old-fashioned way, in small batches and kettle cooked with simple ingredients at this South Akron business.
    • Chutni Punch: South Indian finishing seasoning powders inspired by founder Sahithya Wintrich's family recipes.
    • Julia Belle's Seasonings: Tanya Green sells hand-blended seasonings, rubs and mixes rooted in southern cooking as well as curated seasonings from India to Jamaica.
    • Sidekicks Salsa: Small batch producers of low-sodium, gluten-free, vegan salsa with no added sugar.
    • Hola Island Provisions: The company specializes in Caribbean, authentic concentrated marinades, including Puerto Rican (garlic), Cuban (citrus garlic) and Jamaican (spicy garlic).
    • Davina Rae's Hot Sauce: Founded in 2022, the Akron business Fuzzy Rae Gourmet Sauces makes Fuzz's Awesome Sauce, Davina Rae's Hot Sauce and Medium Hot Sauce.
    • Here We Go Coffee: The "small but mighty" Akron nano roaster drops beans monthly.
    • The Social Dept.: Cuyahoga Falls studio and clothing brand specializes in handprinted apparel, home goods and posters for adults and kids.
    • Finally, Sandy Bottom Bowls is the third food truck that will be at the block party 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 may be reached at 330-996-3527 or

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