July, 2011 -- Cleveland’s RIPE — for entertainment, local food, and an experience way beyond the average food festival. Foodies, families, and outdoor festival goers alike will welcome Cleveland Botanical Garden’s second annual RIPE! Fest, presented by PNC — an exciting three-day harvest-season kickoff. Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest is held Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25 at Cleveland Botanical Garden. Event hours are from 11:00 am until sundown each day, and the Garden is located at 11030 East Boulevard in University Circle in Cleveland, Ohio. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Garden member and advance discounts, along with the latest festival details, are at clevelandlocavores.com. Advance tickets are also available at the Garden.
Squeezing the most out of the new harvest season, RIPE! Fest, now in its second year, celebrates local food and edible gardening, along with live, home-grown, foot-stomping, hand-clapping bluegrass and Americana music, unique shopping and an onsite farmers market. The event venue is a feast for the senses: the Garden’s 10 acres of beautiful outdoor gardens in fall glory.
Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest offers:
"Our guest reactions to last year’s inaugural event made it clear that Clevelanders were ready to 'eat up' this experience," says Natalie Ronayne, the Garden’s executive director. "When the local food and edible gardening movements come to the uniquely beautiful setting of Cleveland Botanical Garden, fall magic happens."
Cleveland’s RIPE! Fest kicks off with a special Autumn's Eve Dinner on Thursday, September 22 outdoors on Wade Oval. The dinner features exciting cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients by three of the local food scene’s most exciting chefs: Douglas Katz of fire food & drink, Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering Co., and Tony Smoody of Bon Appétit, the Garden’s sustainable catering partner.
Locavores and families alike can take a bite out of fresh, innovative fun while supporting Cleveland’s local food and garden scene, as well as Cleveland Botanical Garden’s Green Corps program, an agricultural work/study program for Cleveland teenagers.