Photo Courtesy of the Rockford City Market’s Facebook Page

    Rockford City Market, for 11 outdoor seasons, has been the place where you enjoy delicious food, listen to live music, have a beer or two and shop for goods from local vendors. On Friday, May 21st, Rockford City Market will kick off their 12th outdoor season. Rock River Development Partnership  (RRDP) announced several new initiatives for this upcoming season. Here’s what we can expect:


    Twenty-four new vendors will be joining the lineup at the market in all categories: prepared food, farmers, treats, and handcrafted items. There will be a total of 54 vendors starting on opening day. New this year are & C and local business vendor spots inside the Market Hall adjacent to the alley. New vendor Tisha Hannah of T & C Cooking Creations offered tasting samples of her menu.

    “Minority and women-owned small businesses have played a major role in the market since its inception, and this season our vendors are 61% women and minority-owned.” Said Peter J. Provenzano, Chairman of the Rock River Development Partnership.

    Larger Market Footprint

    The Market will expand its boundaries to accommodate the social distancing required to keep vendors and guests safe and comfortable. Vendors will be placed with 6′ between the booths, and the seating areas will be appropriately distanced in several locations. Local businesses will also be participating outdoors in front of their stores with food, drink, and activities.

    “Rockford City Market has been home to many small, local entrepreneurs selling their goods and thousands of residents looking to support local businesses over the past 11 years, and I am thrilled to be able to help kick off another season,” says Mayor McNamara.

    “With Rockford beginning to open back up after strict COVID restrictions for more than a year and more downtown businesses participating, we expect larger crowds and have worked with City Market to expand the footprint of the event. I hope the community will join me in supporting our local businesses during this year’s market!”

    Check out the full list of vendors HERE.

    2021 Rockford City Market Vendors:

    Cantina Taco

    Coco’s tamales *NEW*

    Downtown Fancy Franks

    Guzel *NEW*

    Lulu’s Roasted Corn

    Magic Crepes

    T & C Cooking Creations *NEW*

    T & TW Till’s Catering *NEW*

    Thai Jasmine Rice & Noodles *NEW*

    TNT Funnel Cakes *NEW*

    Vintage @ 501

    Wok’ n Roll

    Woodfire Pizza


    4 Sisters Farm

    Bear Moon Soap

    BL Wellwood

    Candy Cloud Co.

    Cheese People

    Craft + Foster

    Eclectic Jewel

    Eight Fifteen Capital *NEW*

    Elixir Juice Co.

    Fire Department Coffee

    Fresh Life Organics *NEW*

    Green Street Microgreens *NEW*

    Hughes Happy Hives *NEW*

    Inspired Life 815 *NEW*

    LaMonica Beverages

    Louis Leathers

    Luxury Love Candles *NEW*

    Midwest Gourmet Garlic

    Nuts to Go Chicago *NEW*


    Pewter Dragonfly

    Pig Minds Brewing Co.

    Pine Hill Farm *NEW*

    Prairie Street Brewing Co.

    Quixotic Bakery

    Raines Honey Farm

    Rockford Brand Furniture *NEW*

    Ruccis Nuts

    Shady Tree Farm Market

    Soap of the Earth

    Sunbloom Co. *NEW*

    Synergy Collective

    Triple T Creations *NEW*

    Unstated Apparel

    Very Cute by Vanna

    Velvet Robot Coffee Lab

    Why Envy Boutique

    William Boyle Chair Maker *NEW*

    Zachi Chocolates *NEW*


    SPoRt Makeup *NEW*

    J’s Social Cafe *NEW*

    Meg’s Vintage 111 *NEW*

    D.A.S Flava *NEW*

    Smiley’s Vintage *NEW*