Cleveland Culinary Events

Tickle the Tastebuds - Cuisine & Restaurants

A Year of Palate-Pleasing Celebrations

SweetOnion1lowresCLEVELAND, OHIO - Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Those are the places that most folks think of when planning a food-focused getaway. But with award-winning chefs, a rich culture boasting a melting pot of tastes, internationally recognized wines and a character all its own, Cleveland Plus is the new kid on the block ready to take culinary tourism by storm.


Sept. 24 – 26, 2010:

The Cleveland Botanical Garden presents RIPE!, a three-day festival celebrating the edible gardening revolution and today's thriving commitment to buying local. This festival shows visitors what, when and how to grow and eat. And, with the help of onsite farmers, local restaurants and regional food experts, guests learn great ways to enjoy fruits and vegetables while sampling local offerings.

Oct. 16 - 23:

Visitors can enjoy an entire week dedicated to beer! Cleveland Beer Week showcases local breweries, restaurants, bars, taverns, grocers and specialty beverage stores. From music and activities to ale tastings and brewmaster meet-and-greets, all events offer unique specials for and raise awareness of craft brews.

Nov. 1 – 14, 2010:

The Cleveland Independents present Cleveland Restaurant Week offering $30 prix fixe, three-course menus at 90 locally-owned restaurants, giving diners a great opportunity to try a new eatery.

Nov. 12 – 14, 2010:

Foodies who desire to learn the latest techniques from top chefs, shop for the holidays, sample outstanding food and taste fantastic wines should take a trip to The Fabulous Food Show, a consumer culinary show at the I-X Center. Take a trip down the aisles and aisles of cooking products and savory samples mixed in with a dash of cooking demos and the zest of chef appearances including such foodie favs as Giada De Laurentiis, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Anne Burrell and Cleveland's own culinary rock star, Michael Symon.


May 27 – 30, 2011:

Get your bib ready for some lip-smacking, finger-licking fun at the Berea National Rib Cook-Off at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Rib masters battle it out to provide some of the tastiest ribs in town with other events for kids, themed nights and a slew of favorite local bands.

May 27 – 30, 2011:

Taste all of the delicious barbeque goodness provided when grill pros go head-to-head to earn best ribs in the land during the Great American Rib Cook-Off in downtown Cleveland. Enjoy the weekend with music, fun and family.

June, 2011:

Choose from more than 200 wine samples from around the world while learning about new and exciting varieties from the experts at the Cleveland Wine Festival in downtown Cleveland. Some of the region's best restaurants and caterers are on hand selling their signature dishes.

July, 2011:

Akron's Lock 3 Park is home to the National Hamburger Festival, kicked off with tasting competitions, competitive eating, live music and even a Miss Hamburger Festival competition.

July, 2011:

Celebrate environmental awareness with great music, incredible food and a frothy pint of Great Lakes Brewing Company beer during the Great Lakes Burning River Festival. Held at the historic Coast Guard Station on Whiskey Island, this unique festival features educational exhibitors who raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the region.

July, 2011:

Don't miss out on all the exciting flavors that make up the neighborhood of Tremont. During the Taste of Tremont, the neighborhood holds a street fair that showcases the best of Tremont's food, art and entertainment.

August, 2011:

Visit Little Italy during its famous four-day festival, Feast of the Assumption. The streets are shut down and all the family-owned Italian eateries bring their menu to the streets where more than 100,000 people visit just to get a taste. Also enjoy carnival rides, arts and crafts booths, live music, fireworks and a parade.

August, 2011:

Vintage Ohio Wine Festival, an annual wine festival held at Lake Farmpark features the latest and greatest offerings by some of Ohio's best vineyards. Besides all the wonderful wine, visitors can enjoy the fabulous food offered by participating restaurants with menu items ranging from $3-$10. Also experience great music, entertainment, crafters, exhibitors and cooking demonstrations.

August, 2011:

Sample 250 craft beers from around the world as you enjoy the smooth blues music during Stan Hywet Hall and Garden's annual Blues & Brews. The event features cooking demonstrations, unique sampling opportunities, food, music and the chance to explore the grounds.

Sept. 2 – 5, 2011:

Celebrate the rich tapestry of Cleveland Plus cultures using the universal language of food at the annual Taste of Cleveland featuring food from some of the area's best restaurants.

Sept. 2 – 5, 2011:

The Cleveland Labor Day Oktoberfest held at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds attracts fun-lovers from every walk of life, generation and ethnic background, and offers an exciting menu of activities, entertainment, dancing and traditional German food and beverages.

September, 2011:

Presented by the Lake County Visitors Bureau, the Lake County PerchFest brings a weekend devoted to Lake Erie's favorite fish - the perch! Enjoy a mouthwatering fish fry, local live entertainment, "Just For Kids" entertainment featuring a youth fishing tank, a perch fishing tournament, karaoke and more.


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