What was a guy dressed as a hot dog doing at a news conference for a hamburger festival?
Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic asked this question Wednesday at the end of the news conference, as he looked at the man dressed in a suit with a hot dog on his head.
The answer was that Retro Dog Hot Dogs, whose mascot Plusquellic had spotted, is one of the 18 vendors that will participate in the hamburger festival this weekend in downtown Akron.
Retro Dog, located in Cuyahoga Falls, makes burgers as well as hot dogs, and even serves a burger that is topped with a hot dog.
The eighth annual National Hamburger Festival will be Saturday and Sunday at Lock 3. Admission is $5, though kids under 40 inches tall are free. Part of the festival’s proceeds are donated to Akron Children’s Hospital.
Drew Cerza, founder of the event and president and CEO of Just Wing It Productions, called Akron the “hamburger capital,” despite the continued debate about where the burger originated.
“You can always get a great burger in Akron,” he said.
The festival will run from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. It will include live music, fun events, including a bobbing for burgers contest featuring burgers and ketchup, and kid-friendly activities.
This year’s vendors, which will serve up 50 burger varieties, feature a combination of local and national favorites, including: Bob’s Hamburg, Max & Erma’s, Barley House, Eat’n Park Restaurant, Menches Brothers, the Lockview, and the Stray Dog Cart. Eight vendors, including Retro Dog, are new this year.
The festival, which attracted 18,000 visitors last year, is sponsored by the city of Akron and Yancey’s Fancy Artisan Cheese Company.
For more information on the festival, visit www. hamburgerfestival.com.