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Taste of Cleveland


Taste of Cleveland
(courtesy of Belkin Media) Cleveland's Taste of Cleveland festival

Cleveland's Taste of Cleveland festival

(Courtesy of Live Nation) Cleveland's Taste of Cleveland festival

Cleveland's Taste of Cleveland festival

(Courtesy of Live Nation)

The "Taste of Cleveland" festival is a Northeast Ohio Labor Day tradition. Begun in 1995, the downtown event features food samples from a variety of area restaurants, diners, cafes, and bistros as well as Ohio wine and beer tastes. There's also live music, kid's activities, and lots of fun. The event is held at the Time-Warner Cable Amphitheater over Labor Day weekend.

*********The 2011, 2012 and 2013 events were canceled due to road construction around the Flats. No announcement has yet been made about the 2014 event. ************

The Food:

The Taste of Cleveland features food samples from around more than a dozen area restaurants, bistros, diners, and cafes. 2010 participants included Bombay Grill, Bruno's Ristorante, Chico's Deli, Claddagh Irish Pub, Das Schnitzel Haus, Drummond Chocolates, Fragapane Bakery, Just Like Mom's Restaurant, Mediterranean Cuisine, Original Greek Gyros, Otani Japanese Restaurant, Pappou Restaurant, Pierogi Palace, Simply Elegant Catering, and Sue's Restaurant.

The Music:

One of the highlights of the Taste of Cleveland is the several live concerts, all included in the one admission price. The 2010 entertainment schedule included Michael Stanley and the Resonators, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Train.

Other Activities:

The Taste of Cleveland always offers a wide variety of events, in addition to the food and drink, such as culinary demonstrations, kids activities, and multi-cultural dance, music, and other performances.

Hours and Admission:

Admission to the Taste of Cleveland (2010 pricing) is $8; children under 12 are admitted free. Admission is free before 3pm on Friday and Sunday, and $1 all day on Monday.

Taste of Cleveland will be open Friday from 11am to 11pm; Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11pm; and on Monday from noon to 8pm.

Discounts for Taste of Cleveland:

A $3 discount coupon is available by clicking here. You will also receive a $3 discount off of an adult admission (not combinable with the coupon) by showing your Giant Eagle Advantage Card.

Hotels Near the Taste of Cleveland:

Good hotel choices include the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel (check rates) and the Ritz Carlton Hotel (check rates), both within an easy walk of the venue. Less expensive choice can be found at short drive away in the Rockside Road corridor.


Parking is available at the Tower City Center lot and other area parking facilities.

(updated 8-5-11)

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