It's Fabulous Food Show Time
Come celebrate all things food and drink at the 11th annual Fabulous Food Show.
By Jen Jones Donatelli, Image by Cody York
Events that share the words "fabulous" and "food" just have to be awesome. Admit it, your interest is piqued. And, if your Twitter profile includes the word "foodie," this event is up your alley.
Now in its 11th year, the Fabulous Food Show is a massive culinary event (the nation's largest, in fact) presenting more than 450 exhibiting companies; restaurants and fine food; wine, spirits and beer tastings; live cooking demos; food trucks; and—our favorite part—meet-and-greets with celebrity chefs.
A celebration of all things culinary, the event takes place from Nov. 11-13 at the I-X Center. (Think 400,000 square feet of food, glorious food.) The foodies who flock from all over the United States and Canada won’t have to go too far upon arrival, since the I-X Center is close to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
The event will feature three different stages offering lively presentations by celebrity chefs and world-renowned culinary professionals—not to mention special events like “The Hot Spot” (think super-spicy foods and salsa sampling).
So who are these celeb chefs we keep talking about? For one, chef Michael Symon leads the lineup. Not only is this guy a hometown hero, but he's got national cred thanks to his role as an Iron Chef and co-host of ABC's “The Chew.” Symon will be hosting the annual Block Party on November 12, and his Mabel’s BBQ acts as the delish du jour at the Tailgate Bash on November 13. He'll also be available for meet-and-greets, so be sure to bring your copy of 5 in 5 For Every Season for an autograph (or buy one at the on-site store).
In addition, you'll get to see Symon’s “The Chew” co-host Daphne Oz and the newest Food Network Star Damaris Phillips. And since it’s not a party without dessert, don’t miss resident Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and avant-garde cake sculptor Natalie Sideserf.
To add some pizzazz to your Fabulous Food Show experience, take a stroll through the various pavilions. Enjoy feel-good fare in the Healthy Living Pavilion or have your cake and eat it too in the Interactive Baking Pavilion—both new for 2016. You can also buy a sampling passport to the International Beer & Wine Pavilion or get your cocktail on at the Spirits Pavilion. Eat, drink and be merry!
Planning to visit the Fabulous Food Show? Here are some tips to make the most of your visit:
- Buy your tickets now! You can also pick them up at all Giant Eagle and Giant Eagle Market District stores, as well as select
- Discount Drug Mart locations. Good news: children 12 and under are free.
- Allow yourself enough time to fully experience the show. Event organizers recommend planning to spend four to five hours there.
- Wear comfortable shoes; the event spans 400,000 square feet of indoor space.
- Be prepared to taste all sorts of foods, try cool culinary products and purchase them on site.
- Bring your gift-giving list, as this is a great place to start your holiday shopping.
- Plan to attend the By Hand Fine Art & Craft Fair (included with your admission), which is happening simultaneously.
- After you buy items, use the event's Shop & Drop area free of charge.
- Separate tickets to special events may be required. Learn more here.
- Interested in attending a demonstration by a celebrity chef? Get tickets now so that you can get the best seats in the house (first-come, first-served).
- For those who'd like an autograph from one of the celebrity chefs, check out the Autograph Pavilion schedule ahead of time and get there early.
- If you plan to enjoy some alcoholic beverages, remember to have a designated driver.