Neanderthals founded the local food movement because of the high-energy costs of transporting mammoth meat on the backs of actual mammoths. Nibble on the Tree of Knowledge with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a family pack of one-day tickets to the Cleveland Garlic Festival at the Shaker Square festival grounds (a $20 value). The family pack admits two adults (a $7 value each) and three children ages 3–12 (a $2 value each) on Saturday, September 10 or Sunday, September 11.
The second annual Cleveland Garlic Festival, sponsored by the North Union Farmers Market, celebrates local farms and food artisans with a full schedule of culinary events. On both days, a garlic cook-off pits eight Cleveland chefs against one another in a race to impress distinguished culinary judges such as Plain Dealer food critic, Joe Crea, Sergio's restaurant proprietor, Sergio Abramof, and a sentient wheel of limburger cheese. Live music from local jazz, roots, and bluegrass bands engulfs fest-goers as they nibble on fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and wine supplied by local vendors and one confused Martian.
North Union Farmers’ Market
The North Union Farmers Market began in 1995 as a small market—back then, more than 500 hungry customers shopped the stalls of only six local farmers. Today, the market coordinates eight certified-producer farmers’ markets around Cleveland, allowing farmers to sell their products—from fresh, seasonal produce to meat, syrup, eggs, and dairy—directly to residents. The planet-friendly concept reduces the energy used for transportation and maximizes the freshness of the food.