Grooving & Grubbing Locally: The Cleveland Garlic Festival

Last Sunday, some friends and I stopped by Shaker Square to dig all things garlic and learn where reggae comes from (aka – dig CLE’s favorite reggae act: Carlos Jones and the Plus Band).  I heard great things about last year’s Garlic Festival and while I’m sure a lot of those positive reviews were partially fueled by seeing the collective musical genius that is Snark Puppy, I knew we were still in for a major treat with the various vendors and jammin’ reggae beats. And I was definitely correct in my assumptions.

We were only there for a couple of hours, but our visit was still jam-packed with unique samples, garlic lessons and tips, foodie splurges, and more from the very friendly and informative vendors. We caught a couple of classic Carlos songs on our way in and stuck around for a solid handful of wonderful reggae grooves and vibes while we digested our garlic feast.

Since the festival both features AND supports local food producers, in addition to including local musicians, I figured it would be very fitting to do a Grooving & Grubbing Locally post to highlight our experience. Check out the pics, dig the videos, and don’t miss out on next year’s Garlic Festival!

{Local Grub}

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Carlos Jones and The Plus Band play gigs all over Northeastern Ohio throughout the year.  If you like reggae and haven’t had the chance to check them out yet, DO IT.  Cleveland is very fortunate to have a solid local act like them.


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