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First Ever Garlic Festival Hits Midwest!

CLEVELAND, OH (July 13, 2010) – North Union Farmers Market is proud to present the first annual Cleveland Garlic Festival at historic Shaker Square. This grassroots food and music urban festival will run September 11 and 12, 2010, 1:00 to 10:00pm Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 8:00pm on Sunday. All proceeds will support North Union’s mission of championing local foods by connected certified producers with consumers through their network of seven markets.

Donita Anderson, North Union’s Executive Director comments, “This is a natural outgrowth of our seven markets and their close connection with all of the Cleveland areas’ top chefs who purchase product there.” She continues, “This event showcases the tremendous culinary talent here in Northeast Ohio. Many people are not aware that Ohio garlic has a singular special quality because of the soil. This means greater anti-viral health and most importantly, the best garlic in the world!”

Inspired by the 31 year-old Garlic Festival in Gilroy California, North Union Farmers Market plans to make this event ground zero “for all things garlic” in the Midwest Great Lakes region. Attendees will enjoy garlic themed food prepared by local celebrity chefs including everything from ice cream to oysters, an onsite Grill Fest, live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, a server rodeo, taste and grow tents for children and many more events and activities.

Cleveland culinary luminaries are bringing their best garlic recipes along with a Grill Fest Contest. Judges for the competition include The Plain Dealer’s Food Editor, Joe Crea, noted author Michael Ruhlman, award- winning chef Karen Small and culinary educator, Stephanie Paganini. There’s fun for the whole family with a Children’s Grow Tent sponsored by the Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Featured activities for kids age 3-12 will include a “grow your own allium” with a recycled pot to take home and a unique watermelon tasting.

Music will take center stage at the Festival with the funk and jazz NYC-based group, The Mike Clark Trio performing from 7-10 PM on Saturday night. Other musical entertainment during the two-day event includes The Del Rio Bandits (instrumental 60’s surf rock), Roberto Ocacio’s Latin Jazz Project, Mifune (afrobeat), Lounge Kitty (loads of great covers), Mo’ Mojo (zydeco), Carlos Jones and the P.L.U. S. band (reggae) and Garaj Mahal (world jazz).

Admission to the event is $10.00 for adults, $3.00 for children ages 3-12 and kids under three are free. Tickets are for sale at all North Union Farmers market locations or can be purchased by calling 216-751-7656. The event has already attracted lead sponsors which include The Cleveland Clinic, Euro Fine Wines, The Regional Transit Authority and The Coral Companies.

So mark your calendars and get out the breath mints—all things garlic arrives in Cleveland this fall.


About North Union Farmers Market:
North Union Farmers Market is a sixteen year- old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion the local foods of Northeast Ohio and promote their environmental, economic and health benefits by connecting certified producers with consumers through a network of seven markets throughout Northeast Ohio. The North Union’s markets were recently named one of the top ten markets in the United States by the American Farmland Trust.