|We love that the city is still a meltingpot. Every summer, thattranslates into heaps of delicious,authentic ethnic food at ourscores of local festivals. Here's how to eatyour way around the world in eight wayswithout leaving Cleveland. |
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1. Riverfront Irish Festival
Sure, everybody's Irish on St. Patty's Day.But here's another opportunity to indulgein the spirit of Ireland.Celtic cuisine such as bangers and mash, cornedbeef and cabbag eand shepherd's pie will keep you sated asyou watch the dancers and listen to the bagpipes and other entertainment presented on three stages.
June 8-10, Fri 5 p.m. - midnight, Sat 1p.m. - midnight, Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Riverfront Square, Cuyahoga Falls; free admission;visit www.riverfrontirishfest.com for moreinformation.
2. 13th Annual Powwow & Festival
Members of more than 100 American Indiantribes will convene this Father's Dayweekend. You can feast on burgers, hotdogs, buffalo-meat tacos, fry bread, Siouxblueberry pudding, traditional teas andall-natural sassafras root beer. Jewelry, artand craft vendors will be on site, and entertainmentincludes educational demonstrations,storytelling, dance and song.
June 15-17, Fri 3 - 10 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; EdgewaterPark, Cleveland; adults $8, seniors $6, children$4; free parking; for more information,visit www.aiecc.net/powwow.htm.
3. St. Demetrios Greek Festival
Though you'll be tempted to fill up ongyros, shish kabobs, calamari, lamb,pastitso and moussaka, save room --the church ladies also bake Greek sweetsyou won't want to miss. But don't worry ifyou can't possibly pack in another morselof baklava. You can take some to go.Don't miss the gym full of vendors,an outdoor grill and the Taverna, featuringfolk dancers and flaming cheese.
June 21-24, Thu noon - 10 p.m., Fri &Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sun noon - 10 p.m.;St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church,22909 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River; freeadmission; visit www.saintdemetriosrr.orgfor more information.
4. Feast of the Assumption
Ravioli, or spaghetti, or cavatelli, or ravioli-- the choices seem unending, andit's impossible to choose wrong. Everyonewith a taste for fresh cuisine servedstreetside or Italian gifts and crafts will beat home. The Feast includes rides, entertainment,fireworks and a parade. Don'tforget the cannoli.
Aug. 15-18, Wed 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Thu& Fri 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sat noon - 11 p.m.Mayfield Road, (Little Italy neighborhood) Cleveland; free admission; for more information,contact Holy RosaryCatholic Church, (216)421-2995.
5. Egyptian Festival,St. Mark Coptic Church
A Pharaoh's bounty of shish kabob, macaronib chamel, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and an abundance of traditional Egyptian cookies await visitors at this Seven Hills festival. Jewelry, gifts and souvenirs are available, and activities including digital photos taken in traditional Egyptiang arb provide fun for the whole family.
Aug. 24-26, Fri 4 - 10 p.m., Sat noon- 10 p.m., Sun 1 - 6 p.m. St. Mark CopticChurch, 2100 East Pleasant Valley Road,Seven Hills; free admission; for more information visit www.stmarkcoccleveland.org/egyptianfestival.html.
6. Slavic Village Harvest Festival
The 30th Annual Slavic Village Harvest Festival oompahs its way through thecity's Warszawa Neighborhood. At this celebration of Eastern European traditions, kielbasa and pierogis will be inabundance, as will traditional musicians and dancers. Don't miss the pierogieating competition.
>> Aug. 25 & 26, Sat 1 - 10 p.m., Sun noon- 9 p.m. Fleet Avenue, Cleveland; free admission;visit www.slavicvillage.org for more information.
7. 2007 Labor Day Oktoberfest
This festival provides the perfect opportunityto gorge on bratwurst, frankfurters,German potato salad, sauerkraut,potato pancakes, spaetzle, knockwurst, Wiener schnitzel and of course, lots and lots and lots of beer. Music, dancing and shopping are available to aid digestion.
>> Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Fri 5 - 11 p.m., Sat & Sun noon - 11 p.m., Mon noon - 9 p.m. Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, Berea; admission $8, ages 12 and under free; free Parking; for more information, visit www.bereaoktoberfest.com.
8. St. John Cantius Polish Festival
Come for the pierogies, stay for the polka.Traditional Polish eats will be provided by Sokolowski's University Inn, including kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, baked chicken and roast pork loin with dumplings and cabbage. Don't miss the Golden Agers,who will be selling some of the best pierogies this side of Warsaw. There will also belive music and dancing -- participation inthe polka is optional but encouraged!
>> Aug. 31-Sep. 2, Fri 5 - 11 p.m., Sat 3 - 11p.m., 3, Sun 3 - 10 p.m. St. John Cantius Church, 906 College Ave., Cleveland; free admission; formore information, call (216) 781-9095.