Cleveland Eats

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Cleveland Eats will be held on Mall B in downtown Cleveland.



Paid Parking will be available in the following adjacent parking lots (rates may vary depending on day and time):

Huntington Park Garage
1141 West 3rd Street
Open 24 hours

Willard Garage
601 Lakeside Ave East
Can exit 24 hours

12th Street Garage
Corner of East 12th Street & Hamilton Ave
Open 24 hours

One Cleveland Center
Corner of East 9th Street & St Clair Ave
Open 24 hours

Rockwell Garage
777 Rockwell Ave
Open 24 hours

Mass Transit

Ride RTA.
Walking directions from RTA to Mall B.


  1. When is Cleveland Eats?
    • Friday, September 15, 2017: 4-9 P.M. Cleveland Eats Street Party
    • Saturday, September 16, 2017: 12 noon-10 P.M. Cleveland Eats Culinary Festival
  2. What is the difference between Friday and Saturday’s events?
    • Friday: A Happy Hour Block Party in Downtown Cleveland on Mall B celebrating Cleveland’s food trucks, live local bands, and craft beer. 
    • Saturday: Located Downtown on Mall B, the festival will feature small plates prepared by the city’s top chefs and restaurants, cooking demonstrations, live music, craft beer, Cleveland vendors with lots to see and do, family friendly events, and concluding with a magnificent fireworks display over downtown Cleveland!
  3. How much is Friday’s Happy Hour?Saturday’s Festival?
    • Friday’s Happy Hour is FREE admission to the public. 
    • Saturday’s culinary festival is $5.00 for admission
  4. Can tickets be purchased at the gate for Saturday’s culinary festival?
    • Tickets can be purchased at the gate the day of. However, it is encouraged to purchase tickets prior to avoid waiting in a long line. Buy Tickets.
  5. Where is the festival?
    • The Happy Hour and Festival will take place on Mall B.
  6. Where can I park? Is there handicap parking? 
  7. Is the entire event ADA accessible?
    • Yes!
  8. What can I bring into the festival? Am I allowed to bring my dog?
    • Animals will not be allowed unless they are a service animal. A list of prohibited items will be available on the website as we get closer to the event.
  9. What is the Chefs' Council? Will I be able to meet these chefs?
    • The Chefs' Council is an exclusive group of the city's top chefs sharing their creative vision as the guiding culinary force in the planning and execution of Cleveland Eats.  Each are involved in different aspects of the festival from pre-planning, judges for the Friday High School Competition, Thursday's Small Bites, Big Dreams Benefit, Saturday's Culinary Village, Saturday's Culinary Demonstrations, etc.  All of the chefs will not be at any one day as they all have volunteered their time in different ways.  We can not guarantee if you will be able to meet any specific chef.
  10. Can I use my credit card inside the festival on Saturday?
    • No. ATM’s will be provided. Sorry, cash will be the only form of payment inside the festival.
  11. What if it rains?
    • The festival continues, rain or shine!
  12. What is the Culinary Village (Saturday)?
    • The Culinary Village will be part of Saturday’s festival consists of 30+ popular restaurants and chefs. Each restaurant/chef will be serving one signature small plate priced at $5.00. Sorry, cash only.
  13. What is the Marketplace (Saturday)?
  14. What beverages will be served?
    • The festival will feature the best craft breweries from Northeast Ohio, plus wine and nonalcoholic beverages.
  15. What bands will be playing?
    • Acts will include local bands such as The Modern Electric, Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band and The Sunrise Jones with headliner, Red Wanting Blue out of Columbus. See full line-up.
  16. Are there activities for children?
    • Of course! There will be a kid’s area packed with fun!
  17. Who will be performing the cooking demonstrations?
    • Members of the Culinary Council will be performing various cooking demonstrations throughout Saturday’s festival.
  18. How do I become a volunteer?
  19. What are the culinary competitions?
    • Local Northeast Ohio High School Career Tech Culinary Programs will compete in a tailgate throw down on Friday afternoon check the website for exact times. This event is open to the public, and will be taking place on Mall B.
  20. When do the gates open on Saturday? When does the first band play? 
    • Gates will open at 12 noon on Saturday. The first band will perform at 12:30 P.M.
  21. Is re-entry allowed? 
    • Re-entry will be allowed; however, you will need to make sure to get your hand stamped prior to exiting.
  22. What does admission for the Culinary Festival on Saturday get you?
    • For $5.00, you will receive admission into the festival, access to the Culinary Village, access to the marketplace, access to the kid’s area, live cooking demonstrations by members of the Culinary Council, live music throughout the day, and a front row seat to an amazing fireworks display. (Friday’s Street Party is Free Admission)
  23. Can I get a refund for my ticket? 
    • Sorry, but there are no refunds for tickets.
  24. How much will food cost?
    • Each restaurant's dish will be priced at $5.00
  25. How much will alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages cost?
    • Nonalcoholic beverages will cost $3.00. Alcoholic beverages will range in price from $5.00-$7.00. 

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Glass, thermal or metal containers
Laser pointers
Mace/pepper spray
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Supports for signs/placards
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No outside food and beverage 

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