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Garlic is in the spotlight at Cleveland's annual Garlic Festival

Bulbs of Garlic
Bulbs of Garlic

Garlic (an edible bulb made up of sections called cloves) has been used by humans for over 7000 years for culinary (as a flavoring and seasoning) and medicinal purposes. Rich in antioxidants, among some of garlic's medicinal benefits are lowering cholesterol, lowering of blood pressure and helping to regulate blood sugar levels. Now you can celebrate the many uses of this super food when you attend the 6th annual Cleveland Garlic Festival on Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7.

Cleveland Garlic Festival Presented by the North Union Farmers' Market and taking place on the historic Shaker Square, the Cleveland Garlic Festival pays tribute to all things garlic and its many diverse uses.

Visitors will be able to sample and enjoy a wide variety of garlic-themed foods prepared by local chefs (garlic ice cream, anyone?) and partake of cooking demonstrations and wine tasting.

And you don't want to miss the Top Chef Garlic Grill-Off involving competitors vying for prizes in categories like "Grass-Fed Beef" (judging on Saturday from noon- 12:45 p.m.), "Free Range Chicken" (judging Saturday from 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.) and "Pasture-Raised Heirloom Pork" (judging Sunday from 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.). There will be free samplings.

There will be lots of free entertainment (14 bands and other acts) including groups like ContraBand, Funkology, Evil Ways, Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band, Mo' Mojo and Cats on Holiday. The Festival will also feature a Miss Garlic Contest and multiple parades.

And there will be numerous activities for children at the Mighty Locavores Area for Kids incliding a pedal tractor pull, chalk art classes, a rock climbing wall, apple tastings, a "Taste of the Season" game, cooking classes, storytelling (from the Cleveland Public Library), an antique tractors display and performances by the Flower Clown, Glenn the Bubble Guy and Outback Ray. Kids and "baby boomers" will get a kick out of seeing the Rocket Ship car and a Thriller car from the old Euclid Beach Amusement Park.

New this year, representatives from Meyer Hatchery will also be on hand to give visitors information about raising chickens.

Hours for the Cleveland Garlic Festival are noon -9 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 and noon - 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 7. Admission is $9 for adults (13+), $5 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children (4-12). Children 3 and under are free.

For more information about the Cleveland Garlic Festival get online at

The Cleveland Garlic Festival will take place at Shaker Square (13212 Shaker Square) in Cleveland.

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