Fairs/Festivals

Shaker Square's First Garlic Fest

When: Sat., Sept. 11 2010

It's disappointing to see how much of the garlic in local stores is imported from China. Garlic is ideally suited to growing in Northeast Ohio's climate — if you can remember to plant it in the fall like you're supposed to. That'll be harder to forget this year, as the North Union Farmers Market at Shaker Square hosts its first Garlic Festival, a fundraiser for the market and a celebration of all things relating to the pungent bulb. Running from 1 to 10 p.m. today (starting an hour after the regular weekly market closes at noon) and noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow, the festival features the crowning of a Garlic King and Queen and a Miss Garlic, cooking demonstrations, grill-offs with some of the area's top chefs, a tent where kids can see garlic growing and pot their own, wine tastings, and a beer tent. "We have phenomenal farmers bringing in garlic," says North Union's Donita Anderson. "You can really tell the difference between garlic from China and local garlic. The local garlic is so rich, it bites back." Admission is $8, or $15 for both days; kids are $3 each day. Go to clevelandgarlicfestival.org for more information. — Pantsios

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