Friday, May 30, Rockford City Market kicks off its fifth season with more than 65 vendors, many new to the market. The market will once again expand its grounds to accommodate the continued growth of vendors and attendance.
In 2013, Rockford City Market grounds were expanded north on Water Street, when more than 75,000 patrons visited. The grounds have once again been expanded farther north on Water Street to the Jefferson Street Bridge.
Rockford City Market is held every Friday between May 30 and Oct. 10 (closed July 4) on Water Street between State and Jefferson streets in downtown Rockford. The market features local growers and vendors who sell natural products and unique retail items, live music, demonstrations and kids’ activities. Market hours are 3-8 p.m., May 30-Aug. 29, and 3-7 p.m., Sept. 5-Oct. 10.
The market welcomes back vendors from last year, such as AnJan’s Eats, Bella Luna Bakery and Wood Fire Brick Oven Pizza. New vendors include Popcorn Parlor, Joey C’s Pasta and Woodford Street Baking Company, among others. Additionally, Rockford Brewing Company and Pig Minds Brewing Company have partnered to provide locally brewed craft beer, filling the vacancy left by Carlyle’s departure. LaMonica Beverages will also have an additional booth on Water Street this year.
Alebrije Jewelry Design; MaD Discs & Dyes; Anderson Organics; Masani Ethnic Jewelry, Fashions & Art; AnJan’s Eats; Milani Glass; Bamboo Asian Noodles & Tapas Bar; Minglewood Boutique; Bath and Body Fusion; Nattha’s Thai Kitchen; Bella Luna Bakery; Olives4You; Bliss Beads Studio; Pig Minds Brewing Co.; Bookworm Alt Bakery; Popcorn Parlor; Broadway Florist; Q7 Ranch; Bushel & Peck’s; Ro-Jo Jewelry; Candle Crest Soy Candles; Rockford Area Arts Council; Canine Crunchery; Rockford Brewing Co.; Cantina Taco; Rockford Art Deli; Charmed Treasures; Rockford Etsy Team; The Cheese People of Beloit; Ronit’s Kitchen; Curran’s Orchard; Rotating Artist Booth; Dreamswept Alpacas & Natural Soap; Sitka Salmon Shares; Farmer Nick’s, LLC; Soap of the Earth; Flour Power; Socks-That-Rock; Gensler Gardens; The Sweetery; Golden Bear Monarch Elk Farm; Tiny Bird Boutique; Hailey’s Winery; Trogg’s Hollow; Ittie Bittie Moccs; Twin Garden Farms; JavaMania Coffee Roastery; Very Cute!; Joey C’s Pasta; Vintage @ 501; Jungle Wagon Press; The Vintage Beau; Kate’s Pie Shop & Record Store; Woodfire Brick Oven Pizza; Katic Breads; Woodford Street Baking Company; Kiwi Café & Bar; Wright Way Farm; Kokobear Bakery; Yada Yada Crepes; Laynie Bug’s Bows; Zammuto’s; Little Red’s Honey Farm; and Lulu’s Roasted Corn.
Confirmed performers and dates
May 30 — Frank Calvagna, Spanish Guitar Jazz
June 6 — Fred & Ginger
June 13 — Jesse Fox
June 20 — Paper Airplane
June 27 — Three Good Men
July 4 — CLOSED
July 11 — Danielle Juhre & Harlan Jefferson
July 18 — Firelight Dimmers
July 25 — Starlite Radio
Aug. 1 — Derek Luttrell
Aug. 8 — Harlan Jefferson
Aug. 15 — Kelly Steward
Aug. 22 — Sonicbloom
Aug. 29 (Labor Day weekend) — Mark Reed & Waddy (3:30-6:30 p.m.) and Dirty Fishnet Stockings (7-10 p.m.)
Sept. 5 — Vince Chiarelli
Sept. 12 — Tom Mac Group
Sept. 19 — Radio Stars
Sept. 26 — Fresh Hot Fritters
Oct. 3 — Long Shot
Oct. 10 — Mickey Rosenquist & The Black Squirrel Project
From the May 28-June 3, 2014, issue