Neanderthals founded the local-food movement because of the high-energy costs of transporting mammoth meat on the backs of actual mammoths. Embrace their ancient wisdom with today's Groupon: for $6, you get an adult weekend pass to the Cleveland Garlic Festival (a $12 value). The weekend pass admits one adult to the festival on both Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11.
The second annual Cleveland Garlic Festival, presented by the North Union Farmers Market, celebrates local fare, food producers, and the love of garlic with a full schedule of culinary events. Garlic cook-offs on both days pit local chefs against one another in a battle to impress distinguished culinary judges such as _ Plain Dealer_'s food critic Joe Crea and The Greenhouse Tavern's proprietor and chef Jonathon Sawyer. Live music from local jazz, Americana, and bluegrass bands engulfs fest-goers as they nibble on garlic-themed fare, baked goods, and wine supplied by local vendors. The Mighty Locavores area distracts kids from bickering about which cartoon characters are members of the Illuminati thanks to a pedal tractor maze, rock-climbing wall, and cooking classes.
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.