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Area summer festivals offer unique food and entertainment

Whether you consider yourself a foodie, a decent home cook or someone who just likes to eat, you will want to attend the annual Taste of Tremont on July 20 from noon to 8 p.m.

The neighborhood food festival takes place on Professor Avenue, which runs through the center of Tremont. The street is closed and open only to pedestrian traffic. There, the restaurants, pubs and local businesses take over the landscape with dozens of booths. The food booths sell sample-sized portions of menu items and old-fashioned favorites. Most menu items are priced from $3 to $10. Nearly all of the food booths accept cash only. Admission to the festival is free.

Offerings range from buttered Polish pierogi at Sokolowski’s University Inn to chili noodle dishes at Ty Fun Thai Bistro. Chef Heather Haviland of Lucky’s Cafe serves homemade bakery items. Other favorites are rosemary macaroni and cheese at Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita and sushi from Ginko. The Tremont Farmers Market Stage at the south end of Professor Avenue hosts a variety of bands. Edison’s Pub, Restaurant Dante and the Treehouse also offer live music on their patios. A festival beer and wine garden is at the north end of Professor Avenue between Literary Road and West 10th Street. The Tremont Farmers Market vendors will be offering locally grown fruits and vegetables. Art galleries and shops like the Banyan Tree and Evie Lou will be open for browsing and buying.

Visit www.tasteoftremont.com for more details.

We all love good music and a beer festival. What makes the 2014 Burning River Festival so much more is its commitment to drawing attention to the environmental issues affecting Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River.

The Burning River Foundation was created to provide grants and resources for the sustainable future of Cleveland’s waterways. As part of its efforts, the foundation holds the Burning River Festival each year to note the day the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, and the eco-consciousness that resulted.

This year’s Burning River Fest, on July 25 and 26 at Wendy Park on Whiskey Island, will be packed with indie bands, local beer and sustainable food. Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the presenter of the event, although all proceeds benefit the Burning River Foundation.

Food vendors at the festival all have a commitment to organic sourcing. Great Lakes Brewing Co. is brewing up a special batch of its legendary Christmas Ale for the event. Vendors are also selling items like home furnishings built from reclaimed wood, jewelry made from recycled items, natural soaps and home goods created from recycled T-shirts. The Burning River Festival offers three stages for music. The Station Stage sits at the Coast Guard station along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River. There is also an Acoustic Stage and the Meadows Stage, where you can kick off your shoes to dance in the grass.

For more information about the Burning River Festival and this year’s entertainment lineup, visit www.burningriverfoundation.org.

 

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