WKND in CLE: April 27-29
Nachos, Chili, Music & Beer FTW
By Denise Koeth, Image by Janey Schafer
This weekend, food and music rule the event scene in Cleveland. And it's all covered: from beer and booze to nachos and chili, plus bluegrass and beyond. Make room in your weekend plans for at least one of the following happenings that take place in and around the CLE.
Friday, April 27 in Kent, OH
Make the trek to Kent for the inaugural American Roots Music Festival, and you’ll be able to say, “I saw them before they made it big.” Check out more than 20 up-and-coming artists in Americana, bluegrass and country music. The acts are spread throughout 22 venues in college town Kent, where there’s an eclectic mix of cool — even on a regular night. The music kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the wee hours of the morning. So there'll be plenty of time to listen, eat and drink your way around town.
Saturday, April 28 at the Huntington Convention Center
The best beer in The Land comes together in one place for this quirky, upbeat festival. With more than 150 beers from 60 craft breweries, it is THE place to partake on the lake. The event goes from 1-11 p.m. and tickets (which range from $45-85, as well as a $20 designated driver option) are available for two separate sessions. Aside from the suds, the fest also features live music, a photo booth and other beery activities. Costumes and team spirit are highly encouraged, so be sure to coordinate with your drinking buds.
Sunday, April 29 at Legacy Village
Carnivores, vegans and everyone in between can fill their bowls with hearty fare from local chefs and farmers who will compete to have their chili voted “Best of Fest” by festival-goers. The fourth annual North Union Farmer’s Market cook-off, held from 1-5 p.m. at the Lyndhurst shopping mecca, also features live bluegrass music, craft brews and cocktails by Watershed Distillery. The competition’s $5 entry fee supports the farmer’s market organization.
Sunday, April 29 at Red Space
As Clevelanders, we adore our beer, but we also have a soft spot for nachos and margaritas — after all, who doesn’t? Help uncover the best chip, cheese and toppings combos in Cleveland at this inaugural event. Then, of course, wash them down with margaritas created by six tequila vendors and their hand-picked local mixologists. Belly-up to the bars, then cast your ballot to help select winners in several categories. Nachorita Fest runs from noon to 4 p.m. Tasting tickets are $30 to try all 12 nacho samples and $20 to try all six margarita samples. Proceeds benefit W.A.G.S. 4 Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing service dogs to local kids with special needs.