The Cleveland Garlic Festival is a two-day garlic-infused food marathon that brings some of the finest grill masters in Northeastern Ohio together for the common food-lovers enjoyment. Wondering how to navigate between the garlic fries, garlic ice cream and the free range chicken and garlic cook-off? We have some inside advice to help you take in all the flavor.
(Read: Cleveland Garlic Festival Guide)
1. Watch your breath!
We all know what garlic does to your breath. So bring the mints, gum, mouthwash — whatever it might be. Just make it strong!
2. Give Cleveland a chance
If you’re an out-of-towner, you’ve heard plenty of negative talk about Cleveland. Give it a chance! In between garlicky meals you could sneak a trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or the Cleveland Museum of Art or even take a jet ski out on Lake Erie.
3. Pace yourself
There’s a lot of food to be tasted. Don’t fill your stomach too quickly.
4. Try the ice cream
Where else will you get to try garlic ice cream?
5. Read up on the cause
Proceeds go towards Northern Union Farmers Market, a 501c3 with the mission of bringing farm fresh food to communities throughout Northeastern Ohio. So eat up and know that you’re bringing more good to stuff to the area.
6. See if you can score some recipes
The folks manning the grills know what they’re doing. They might keep their recipes secret but then again you might get lucky.
7. Bring the kids
With a kids zone that features chalk art classes, storytelling, a rock climbing wall and much more, the kids will have plenty to do while you sneak some extra garlic fries.