PREVIEW: Market Days are here

Market Days are here

This week’s festivals include two festivals rooted in local bounty. These festivals will be your inspiration to visit local fruit stands and farmer’s markets, and spend time growing your own herbs in flowerpots on your deck. In Avon Lake, Summer Market is named for leisurely summer shopping during the warm months. Food will be fresh and crisp at Veterans Memorial Park in Avon Lake at Route 83 and Lake Road on Fri 7/29 from 5-9PM and on Sat 7/30 from 9AM-4PM. Enjoy the lake views, spend time on the beach, listen to good music, eat yummy food, and visit with more than 40 vendors who will display garden and cottage goods, vintage design and painted furniture, local produce, beachy home accessories and garden décor, fabric arts, and jewelry. Check out the kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade. Folk music by Hey Mavis will be played on Fri 7/29, and Kelly Write will be singing on Sat 7/30. The food promises to be fantastic—Michael Symon’s B Spot, Rocky River mainstay Sweet Melissa, and Westlake’s Sweet Basil are providing the food (

Downtown Cleveland’s Voinovich Park will fill with tents and wine aficionados when they converge for the Cleveland Wine Festival ( this weekend. You can choose to taste from a selection of over 270 wine. Wine and food demonstrations provide extra depth to the experience. Local wine will be represented by Debonne, Ferrante, and Laurello. You’ll be able to try Trinchero’s Menage a Trois red or white, but better yet, check out the St. Michelle and Moet Hennessy wines. If you haven’t tasted Kendall Jackson’s mid-priced Chardonnay, you should. Those of you who have been to Sonoma and Napa will have found memories of Valley of the Moon and Francis Coppola—so stop by their booths and enjoy the memories. La Strata, La Dolce Vita, Mortons, Original Greek Gyro, Zinc, and Ponte Vecchio will provide some of Cleveland’s best food during the event. Lloyd Dobler Effect and the Michael Heaton Band will fill the night with music. Enjoy the wine on Fri 7/29 from 4-10PM and Sat 7/30 from 3-9PM.

Next week, get out to a nearby farmer market like the North Union markets at Shaker Square on Saturday morning, in Lakewood on Wednesday morning, at Crocker Park on Saturday morning, or at Cleveland State on Thursdays. If you’re downtown, you can check out the Public Square market on Fridays. Other spots to visit are Coit Road Market at Coit and Woodworth Roads in Cleveland on Wednesday or Saturday, the Coventry Road Market on Thursday evenings, or the Tremont Farmers Market on Saturday. Then take a drive to the fruit markets in the countryside east, west, or south of Cuyahoga county and see if you can find some herbs to plant and use at home in summer market days meals.


Claudia Taller’s book Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries was just released by Arcadia Publishing. Find out more about the book by going to and order it through Claudia by sending an e-mail to

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