head to the circle

wow-2010-finalJust a friendly reminder that if you’re not participating in Wade Oval Wednesdays, you’re missing out. It’s one of my favorite Cleveland summertime activities, and I look forward to when our daughter is just a bit  older and she’ll be able to appreciate some of the happenings taking place mid-week, too (like when they showed The Goonies for movie night – a classic!).

Speaking of the true Cleveland gem that is University Circle, be sure to take advantage of the Gourmets in the Garden series put on by the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Cooking demos by our local chefs in a beautiful setting – it’s a great way to spend $10.

And while it’s still a ways off, the RIPE! Food and Garden Festival will take place September 24 – 26 at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. This event celebrates both the edible gardening revolution and Northeast Ohio’s growing commitment to supporting and eating local food.

The 3-day festival begins with a special Harvest Moon Preview Dinner on September 23 on Wade Oval Ripe with Dates featuring cuisine by chefs Doug Katz of Fire and Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering Co. Participants  then choose among 3 tracks of programs: culinary, gardening, and childrens. Each track includes comparative tastings, demonstrations and appearances by gardening and local food experts. An onsite farmers market and garden marketplace will offer visitors an opportunity to take home garden-related products as well as local treats, including produce, cheeses, honeys, apples, etc. Local restaurants will be on hand selling harvest-inspired, ready-to-eat dishes. Children will also be able to sample local offerings and gain an appreciation for the benefits of healthy eating at special programs designed in the Hershey Children’s Garden.

One Comment

  1. Posted July 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

    I love WOW and try to make it a couple of Wednesday’s each summer. People are always complaining there’s nothing to do…hmph! Thanks for covering all aspects of things to do around the city ;)