Thursday, August 1, 2013

Peninsula Local Food Fest

Local Food Fest- A Homegrown Gathering in Peninsula, Ohio
by Brit Charek

I've always been fond of Peninsula. My grandparents lived their growing up, so I'm lucky enough to have spent countless hours of my childhood biking the towpath, hiking to Brandywine falls, finding my way through Szalay's corn maze, and skiing and snowboarding at Boston Mills/Brandywine. I think it's a gem that some Akronites tragically overlook. Between their quaint downtown and all that the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has to offer, it's worth making a stop.

Add in locally grown food, making this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to check it out! The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Countryside Conservancy and The Peninsula Foundation  are devoting an entire day to the celebration of local food and farming in Cuyahoga Valley.

Shop local food and market vendors on the green at Bronson Church from 11am-4pm, and be sure to stroll the streets of Peninsula and all the fabulous artisan and merchant shops along the way.

Learn and explore the history and heritage of farming at Heritage Farm's History Day from 9am-5pm.
Tour five of the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Initiative Farms at 11am, 12pm and 1pm and discover where your food comes from.

At the end of the day, you'll have the opportunity to taste the best our local farms have to offer at our Home Grown Evening at the GAR Hall. Festivities begin at 4PM with a local wine and Craft beer tasting paired with cheeses from local creameries. CVNP Ranger Rebbecca Jones Macko will unfold the stories of farming in the valley centuries ago. And finally, chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen & Bar prepares a delectable local dish and discusses the importance of local food. A delicious evening too good to pass up. For tickets to the GAR event please call 330-657-2528 or visit

To learn more about all these events and the 2013 Local Food Fest please go to

1 comment:

  1. I almost went to this today! I love Peninsula so much.