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Great American Rib Cook-off returns to Nautica

The 23rd annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-off returns to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26.

The four-day barbecue blowout is considered the official kickoff to the grilling season and has become Northeast Ohio’s most popular backyard barbecue party. Ten professional grilling teams from across the country will compete for the Chuck Collier Greatest Ribs in America, Butch Lupinetti Greatest Sauce in America and People’s Choice awards. Rookie barbecue chefs will battle in the Marc’s Amateur Grilling Competition on May 24.

A bone-crushing dance party on Friday night features entertainment by Disco Inferno and The Spazmatics. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be on the main stage on May 24. Taking Back Sunday is featured on May 25. Blackberry Smoke and a host of other country performers will be featured on Monday. Entertainment is free with a general admission ticket. A limited number of reserved seats are available for an additional charge.

Opening day of the rib cook-off is Dollar Day. Admission is free from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Discount admission coupons are available at all Northeast Ohio Marc’s locations. Rib lovers will save $2 on daily general admission as well as $5 off general admission to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. Children younger than 12 are admitted to the rib cook-off free of charge all day, every day. Regular adult admission is $8. Event hours are noon to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and noon to 8 p.m. Monday.

The Tremont Greek Festival, May 23-26, is the place to be if you want to experience authentic Greek cuisine.

The menu includes dishes like moussaka, fried smelts, calamari, stuffed grape leaves, pork souvlaki and gyros, as well as a wide variety of Greek pastries, and Greek beer and wine. Dinner platters include a vegetable and rice pilaf. Fish plaki is featured on Friday. Other meal choices include chicken oregano, Greek meatballs, shish kabobs and lamb shanks.

Throughout the weekend, three different bands will provide musical entertainment. Dance troupes from four area Greek churches will be featured. There will be tours of the historic Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation at 2187 W. 14th St., children’s games and shopping. Parking and admission to the festival are free. Visit www.tremontgreekfest.com for more details.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. (GLBC) is cooking up a collaboration beer on May 21 and serving it at the World Beer Festival in Cleveland on June 14.

The collaboration beer brewed especially for the World Beer Festival will be served at both the GLBC and the All About Beer Magazine booths. It will also be available as part of a kickoff to the festival, to take place a week prior to the event, and will be sold in some retail locations around Northeast Ohio.

“Great Lakes is committed to supporting events in our backyard and ensuring that Clevelanders know we offer much more than our popular core brands,” Luke Purcell, GLBC head brewer, said. “This collaboration project is a great way to showcase the talents of our brewers and create something fun for the World Beer Festival.”

The style of the beer will be released to the public prior to the festival. The World Beer Festival is held at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica. Admission tickets are $35 and include a tasting glass and 40 taste tickets to sample from more than 200 beers.

 

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