Why? West Side Market Centennial!

One of Cleveland’s best known, best loved, and most respected institutions – The West Side Market – is turning 100 years old!

There are lots of events taking place to honor the Market and allow its customers and supporters to celebrate this historic birthday.

On Sunday, October 7 from 11am-8pm, the Street Fest and Parade will take place.

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The Market will be open on Sunday for the first time in a decade. You can shop for delicious produce, meats, spices, and sweets to take home. You can also eat and drink your way down West 25th Street, as local restaurants set up tents and beer gardens. There will be live music, the parade, and family-friendly activities at the Ohio City Farm.

Admission is free and space is plentiful, so be sure to check out this day of fun celebrating the West Side Market.

On Friday, November 2 – the Market’s actual birthday – the People’s Party is taking place at Crop Bistro & Bar. Combining a host of local chefs and restaurateurs from Steve Schimoler to Sam McNulty to Dante Boccuzzi, the People’s Party will pack Crop Bistro with food, music, drinks, and fun. Proceeds benefit The West Side Market. Ticket price was set at a very reasonable $25 and tickets are sold out!

Then, on Saturday, November 3, the Centennial Gala will be held at the West Side Market.

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The Centennial Gala is co-chaired by hometown chefs Michael Symon and Jonathon Sawyer combines both local and national celebrity chefs for a unique tasting dinner, prepared with ingredients purchased from The West Side Market. So, who is preparing this food?

April Bloomfield, New York City

Andrew Carmellini, New York City

Britt-Marie Culey, Cleveland

Karen DeMasco, New York City

Chris Hodgson, Cleveland

Paul Kahan, Chicago

Jeff Michaud, Philadelphia

Paul Minillo, Cleveland

Jonathon Sawyer, Cleveland

Michael Symon, Cleveland

Marc Vetri, Philadelphia

Eric Williams, Cleveland

Rocco Whalen, Cleveland

Andrew Zimmern, New York

Admission to the Gala includes food prepared by these amazing  and celebrated chefs, open bar, valet parking, and a commemorative 22-ounce bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Co.‘s yet-to-be-released beer, Butcher’s Brew. Proceeds benefit The West Side Market. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime Gala are $250. Presale tickets are sold out, but stay tuned for more tickets to be released in September.

From the Street Fest to the People’s Party to the Centennial Gala, there are lots of great ways in every price range to celebrate The West Side Market’s birthday. There is also fun “WSM 100” merchandise for sale (click here) to show your pride!

How do you plan to celebrate the West Side Market’s birthday? I’ll be at the Street Fest and the People’s Party. I hope to see a lot of you out and about celebrating one of the country’s best public markets and one of Cleveland’s true treasures.

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