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1.) Mac N Cheese Throwdown Review – Cleveland – February 17, 2018

When I arrived at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland… …it wasn’t too difficult to find my way to the Mac N Cheese Throwdown. I just followed the signs through doorways… …and down corridors… …and I was there in no time – and before everyone else. I got here super early because I was one of four tasting judges (photo …

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Upcoming Festivals: February 2018

Welcome back, Festival Fans! We are now into February and, while the festival numbers are starting to build, I thought I would do one more monthly post before going back to weekly updates. Below, I’ve broken the festivals out by weekend to help you plan ahead.  I’ve also done this with the map. To see the map listings by weekend, …

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Upcoming Festivals: January 2018

Happy 2018, Festival Fans! I hope your New Year has started wonderfully! Here, I have already started running through the festival schedules and confirming dates, updating website links and finding new festivals.  By the end of the week, I should be done with the first check, validating about 30% of all festivals for this year. At the end of this …

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Upcoming Festival Weekend: December 14-31, 2017

This is the last post of the year, Festival Fans! That’s right!  Since there are only a few New Year’s Eve and holiday festivals beyond this weekend, I thought I would just combine all remaining events on one last post. Please go through the listings below and be very mindful of the dates, as some events actually extend all the …

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Upcoming Festival Weekend: December 7-10, 2017

Still some holiday markets, Festival Fans! It is officially cold, winter is coming and all those holidays are coming quick! So go out and take advantage of the various holiday markets and shows going on in Ohio this weekend.  Get gifts for your mom or your brother or your kids or the neighbor.  You have anywhere from a few days …

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45.) Dalton Holidays Festival Review – December 2, 2017

  AUTHOR’S NOTE: I first visited the Dalton Holidays Festival in 2010.  You can read that experience here: https://ohiofestivals.net/98-dalton-holidays-festival-december-4-2010/ ********************************************** After 7 years, I returned to Dalton High School… …to help celebrate the Dalton Holidays Festival. As visitors tried their luck at the raffle… …I made a stop at Mrs. Claus’ Pantry… …to check out the various chocolates and pies. …

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44.) Christmas in Zoar Review – December 2, 2017

I drove to Historic Zoar Village… …followed parking signs next to the church (or Meeting House)… …purchased my admission for a wristband… …and explored the Christmas in Zoar festival. At first, the map was overwhelming… …as there were various things to check out all over the village. But, thanks to a lot of signage… …I easily found attractions that included …

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Upcoming Festival Weekend: Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017

Christmas is coming, Festival Fans! With temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s, it’s hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner.  And yet Perry Como is singing about it on satellite radio, more and more homes are glowing with LED red and green lights, and Christmas festivals are popping up all over the state. Whether you are in …

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43.) The Cleveland Flea Holiday Market Review – Cleveland – November 19, 2017

AUTHOR’S NOTE: The Cleveland Flea Holiday Market runs over 4 weekends in November and December, each with a different theme.  This is review of only one of those weekends; therefore, there may be some variation over the other weekends. ********************************************** Here, in this rather inconspicuous building on Lorain Avenue… …DJ’s were spinning… …food vendors were prepping (The Manna Truck)… …and …