Legend Has It…
Legend has it that it was two brothers from Akron, Ohio who created the hamburger back in 1885. On the final day of the New York State Fair in Hamburg, NY, Akron natives Frank and Charles Menches ran out of pork for the sandwiches they were vending from their concession booth. Thankfully, the pair found some ground beef, as well as a myriad of other ingredients, to create one of America’s most iconic foods – the hamburger.
More than 125 years later, the city of Akron salutes this all-American sandwich during the National Hamburger Festival. Each year, 20,000+ people converge onto the Northeast Ohio community for a summer weekend of family fun featuring over 20 area eateries serving-up 50 different styles of hamburgers.
For more than a decade, The National Hamburger Festival has been made possible by the City of Akron’s leadership, as well as the residents of Ohio.
The festival is the brainchild of Drew Cerza President/CEO of Just Wing It Productions located in New York. As founder of the National Buffalo Wing Festival and the Road to Buffalo Tour, Cerza has a history of managing successful events across the country.
The National Hamburger Fest is held at Lock 3 Park in downtown Akron. Each year, the festival raises money for one of Akron’s favorite charities, Akron Children’s Hospital.
TV, radio and print media are big fans of the festival as they feature stories about the festival throughout the week and the weekend. The National Hamburger Festival has been featured on the Food Network’s hit show “Unwrapped” and in PARADE Magazine’s “Eat Your Way Across America” as one of the top 50 festivals in the country.