Yesterday we had a chance to attend the Fabulous Food Show at Cleveland’s I-X Center. We got to attend the event with our friends Jackie and Adam (parents of adorable 3-year old twins), who had won the giveaway I hosted this week for tickets to the show. I love knowing our giveaway winners enjoy their prizes, and it is even better when I get to enjoy it with them! Grandparents kept the kiddos for the day, so we had a chance to enjoy a little double date while tasting some great food, beer, and wine!
**I received complimentary tickets for this event to help facilitate this review. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.**
The Fabulous Food Show is held at the I-X Center in Cleveland 11/14-11/16 (today is the last day, so get out there if you live in Cleveland and haven’t already). The show features cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, and 450 companies sampling and selling food, wine, beer and spirits.
Last year we attended the event with Patrick, but this year we decided to make it a date. While the event is kid-friendly, I have to say that is one event that is much more fun as an adults-only outing. This was Jackie and Adam’s first time at the show, so we were all excited for a fun day date together and ready to take-in all the Fabulous Food Show had to offer!
Wine, Beer, and Spirits Tastings
We have been to the Fabulous Food Show several times over the past several years, but this is the first year we took advantage of the beer and wine tasting packages. For $15, we each got a beer or wine tasting glass and 6 tickets for tastings. We had fun trying different wines, beers, and even spirits around the event. One of our favorites was a new shimmery liqueur called Viniq.
Sampling the wide variety of food at some of the 450 vendors throughout the event is one of the best parts of the Fabulous Food Show! You get to try food from some of Cleveland's best eatery's, plus others from across Ohio and around the country. Some of our favorites were Pope's Kitchen, Simple Gourmet Syrups, and Graeter's Ice Cream.
Hot Spot Pavilion
We spent a lot of time at the Hot Spot Pavilion, where we got to taste different salsas, BBQ sauces, and hot sauces. After tasting, we got to vote for our favorites!
Bacon Feast Sugardale held its first ever Bacon Feast at the Fabulous Food Show this year. The Sugardale booth featured a Bacon Bar, Bacon Photo Booth, and Bacon Museum! We didn't get a chance to check it out, but it was a busy place! There was a long line to get in!
Celebrity Chef Sightings
Much of the excitement around the Fabulous Food Show is attending the demonstrations by the celebrity chefs, plus seeing them around the event! This year's show featured Carla Hall, Ingrid Hoffman, Tyler Florence, Nadia G, Martie Duncan, and Cleveland's own Michael Symon! We didn't attend any of the demonstrations, but we were able to see Michael Symon's on the big screens around the event, and listen to the interview with him for "A Fork in the Road Show".
We love events that feature Cleveland Food Trucks, and I was excited for them to be at the Fabulous Food Show for the first time this year. However, this was the only disappointing aspect of the show for us this year. The food trucks only took "food truck tickets', that were available for $2 each. These were purchased from booths around the event, so you most likely needed to purchase them prior to actually visiting the food trucks. We were excited, and purchased $12 in food truck tickets. I assumed it would be for a tasting of food from different trucks, much like the beer and wine tasting and sampling from other booths. When we got to the food trucks, which we had saved for last, we were disappointed for two reasons. First, the majority of the food trucks were blocked off for the Block Party with Michael Symon. We couldn't access most of the trucks unless we purchased a ticket to the event. Second, the tickets were used to put towards full priced and full sized food. We ended up having to get a refund for our food truck tickets. I was disappointed. I am hoping there is a better process for this part of the show next year.
Lots of Fun!
Overall, we had a great time at the show! As always, I am excited to come back next year!
Adam and Jackie, our giveaway winners, hanging out on the "cowch".
The Fabulous Food Show continues today from 10 am - 6 pm. For more information about the show, including ticket information, visit their website.