The Cleveland Botanical Garden is one of the top attractions in the city and this weekend Clevelanders can enjoy not only 10 acres of outdoor gardens dressed in their autumn splendor but they can also enjoy the 4th annual RIPE! Food and Garden Festival featuring amazing cuisine, fun, music and gardening ideas on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22.
RIPE! Fest Set amidst 20 outdoor gardens, the RIPE! Fest will feature food presented by local chefs and farmers in addition to gardening workshops (with topics like Harvesting Herbs, Ask the Gardener, Beekeeping, Natural Plant Butters in Skin Care and Arranging Perennials) and culinary workshops (with topics that include Botany of Cocktails, Pickling and Making Your Own Ice Cream).
The RIPE! Fest will also feature cooking demonstrations, Chef Q & A's, chef and farm pairings and food, wine and beer tastings.
There will also be a wide variety of children's activities including a puppet show, harvest crafts, mural painting, veggie carving demonstrations, dancing and pedal- tractor rides. Healthy snacks will be presented by Green Corps.
The Marketplace will spotlight local merchants, artists and artisans and their handmade goods will be available for purchase. Live musical entertainment will be provided by Northeast Ohio bands.
And make sure you check out the on-site Farmer's Market where you can buy fresh, locally grown produce.
Don't miss the chance to attend the Pancake Flip-Off being held on Sunday, September 22 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Some of Cleveland's top chefs will be competing and creating some scrumptious pancake dishes which guests will be able to vote on. Admission is $15 for non-member adults and $8 for non-member children. Cleveland Botanical Garden members' admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children.
Hours for the RIPE! Fest are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. - sundown on Sunday. Admission is $13 for adult non-members and $7 for children non-members. Member prices for adults are $6 and $4 for children.
For more information about the RIPE! Fest call 216-721-1600 or get online at www.cbgarden.org.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Boulevard in Cleveland near University Circle.