Why? Weekends!

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And just like that, the first weekend of September is in the books! Time is just flying by, isn’t it?! On Saturday, we went to my niece’s birthday party at the Kent State University Ice Arena.

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I’m not an ice skater, so luckily I could use “holding the baby” as an excuse not to get out on the ice. Jeffrey loved watching the skaters, though, and dancing with me to the great throwback ’90’s jams (Montel Jordan, what?!).

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It was fun afternoon with the family!

Sunday, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to spend the afternoon outside at the Cleveland Garlic Festival. From live music to tasty food to garlic to purchase to wine, beer, and spirits tastings, there was something for everyone to enjoy!

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Our first stop was La Campagna, where we split a sandwich with portobello, roasted red pepper, pesto, mozzarella, and garlic. Delicious!

We then headed over to the wine, beer, and spirits tent. I tried a few different beers from The Brew Kettle and really liked the Oktofest and the Kitka Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout. There was also a Black Rajah IPA infused with garlic! Matthew got his Cleveland Whiskey on and is already coming up with things he can mix the Christmas Bourbon with.

We also stopped by Thaxton’s Organic Garlic and sampled some of their many varieties of garlic.

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We purchased the Khabar and Korean Red varietals to use at home.

Still graving some more garlic to eat, I grabbed a sandwich from Sterle’s Country House: chicken schnitzel with spicy kraut from Cleveland Kraut. The chicken was perfectly crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. And I could eat a vat of the spicy kraut!

Needing a sweet palate cleanser, we had some Mitchell’s Ice Cream to finish our day. I sampled the Roasted Garlic ice cream, which was surprisingly sweet, but I couldn’t imagine eating an entire scoop, so I stuck with a longtime favorite: Wildberry Crumble. Matthew had the Caramelized Chocolate, which is fast becoming another favorite.

As we were heading out, we got to see the Garlic Festival parade go by.

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What a fun and unique festival and proceeds benefit the North Union Farmers Market! Definitely put this on your calendar for next year!

How was your weekend? Did you get out and enjoy Sunday’s beautiful weather?

***Disclosure: I was asked by North Union Farmers Market to help promote the Cleveland Garlic Festival. In exchange, I received 2 complimentary weekend passes, which covered admission but not food and drink. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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