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Savor the sights, sounds and flavors of fall

Feed your senses at Cleveland’s “RIPE!” fest at the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Sept. 21 and 22.

The fourth annual event brings together some of the city’s best bites, brews and tunes for a fall festival that the whole family can enjoy. There will be local chef demonstrations, beer and wine pairings, a bustling marketplace with unique handmade gifts and accessories, nonstop live music and a children’s pavilion with games, crafts and educational programs. There will be programs on rain barrel making, backyard bee gardening, canning and pickling, fall perennial arrangements and the “Botany of Cocktails” with horticulturist Cynthia Druckenbrod and Spice Kitchen and Bar. Food vendors include Jibaro World Eats, Kernels by Chrissie, Humble Pie Baking Co., Mitchell’s Ice Cream, Nosh Box Gourmet Food Truck, Pierogies of Cleveland and Tremont Tap House. A pancake flip-off on Sunday morning will feature some of the town’s top chefs battling with their most creative concoctions. The $15 charge for adults and $8 for children includes food and festival admission.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $6 in advance for Botanical Garden adult members and $4 for child members, and $11 for nonmember adults and $6 for nonmember children. Call 216-721-1600, ext. 100, or visit www.cbgarden.org.

The Cleveland Botanical Garden will stage its fourth annual Autumn’s Eve Dinner on Sept. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy a four-course, locally sourced dinner on Wade Oval under the light of the harvest moon. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the dinner prepared by chef Tony Smoody of Bon Appetit, chef Doug Katz of fire food and drink and Ben Bebenroth of Spice of Life Catering. Ferguson 35 will provide bluegrass background music.

Proceeds from the Autumn’s Eve Dinner support Green Corps, the botanical garden’s urban agriculture program for Cleveland teens. Through Green Corps, local high school students learn about gardening and farming, see the value of locally grown food firsthand and gain valuable life skills and business knowledge.
Tickets for the dinner at $180 a person for members and $225 for nonmembers. Phone 216-707-2805 for reservations.

Ooh-la-la! Make plans to visit the first Sunday Market in Hingetown, a Parisian-style street market at West 29th and Church streets, one block south of Detroit Avenue. Shop for art, antiques, flowers and fashion while dining on crepes and other brunch items and sipping coffee. Go to www.hingetownmarket.com for more details about the free event.

The Ohio City Farm and Ohio City Farm Stand are putting on a Harvest Festival on Sept. 28, from noon to 4 p.m., at W. 24th and Bridge streets. There will be free farm tours, a pie baking contest, children’s crafts, and live music by the Crooked River Blues Band and the Brittany Reilly Acoustic Band.

 

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