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Calling all foodies Peninsula is the place to be Aug. 10 for the annual Peninsula Food Fest.
Peninsula is known for its rich history and beautiful scenery. The Cuyahoga Valley area has a strong agricultural history that has been revitalized by the Countryside Initiative farming program. The small family farm is once again dotting the landscape of this fertile valley.
In celebration of this "homegrown" revival, The Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with The Peninsula Foundation Inc. Countryside Conservancy and Conservancy for CVNP invite people to join in celebrating the local food movement, sustainable agriculture and just plain good food.
This will be the day for folks to come to hungry, as local food purveyors offer their products at the Around Town Marketplace along state Route 303 and throughout the Village of Peninsula.
Learn about food and farming in the Speaker Series at the Bronson Church. Rebecca Jones Makko of Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Darwin Kelsey of Countryside Conservancy will present the history and future of farming in the Valley. At 1:30 p.m., learn about how to preserve your own summer bounty.
Two local chefs will offer tastings of their fresh, local food creations for $1. SOW Food Chef Brian Doyle will be at the G.A.R. Hall. Extraordinary Spaces Catering Chef Larkin Rogers will be located at Trail Mix Peninsula.
Farm tours at five Countryside Initiative farms -- Goatfeathers Point Farm; Greenfield Berry Farm, Neitenbach Farm, The Spicy Lamb Farm and The Trapp Family Farm will be at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for $5 per adult per farm to provide an "up close" look at these sustainable, working farms in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
The G.A.R. Hall patio opens at 1:30 p.m. for Grillin' and Chillin' with SOW Foods and music by Cleveland's own Brent Kirby. Beer and Wine Tastings will feature Ohio Craft Brewers, including Fat Heads Brewing, Elevator Brewing, Jackie O's, Great Lakes and Hoppin' Frog. The Ohio Wineries featured are Debonne, Troutman, Wolf Creek, Maize Valley and Brandy Wine Bar. Flights for tasting and bottles for enjoying will be offered.
Free parking is available at Boston Township Hall lower level, Peninsula Library and Woodridge Intermediate School. For a $2 donation to the Quarry, parking is also available at Heritage Farms.
For more information, go to the website www.explorepeninsula.com.