The 10th annual Fabulous Food Show, presented by Giant Eagle Market District, returns to the I-X Center in Cleveland, Ohio, November 13-15, 2015. Guests can taste, try and buy their way through America’s largest presentation of fine food, fine art, breweries, wineries, restaurants and purveyors all under one roof. This premier culinary celebration is a massive event, featuring 10 different performance stages with more than 100 live demonstrations and hundreds of companies showcasing specialty foods and culinary gadgets. The floor plan is equivalent in size to seven football fields. The event attracted 27,219 visitors to Cleveland in 2014 from twenty-six states and parts of Canada.
A terrific roster of renowned celebrity talent will appear throughout the weekend for live demonstrations, experiential events and fan engagement. Stars include Cleveland’s own Iron Chef, Michael Symon, co-host of ABC’s “The Chew” and star of TLC’s hit series “Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro. Bravo’s Emmy winning “Top Chef” series judge Gail Simmons and co-star of Food Network’s hit series “Chopped” Aarón Sánchez, America’s most popular Latin Chef. “Rachel Ray Show” correspondent Jason Roberts returns for his 10thstraight year to emcee. Culinary comedian Mark DeCarlo, “Food Network Star” Season 8 finalist Martie Duncan and ABC’s “Shark Tank” winner Kim ‘Daisy’ Nelson are back this year.
Sculptor Natalie Sideserf, dubbed by Food Network ‘one of the most talented young cake artists in the country’, will make her first appearance, along with legendary singer/actor Frankie Avalon, who will launch a new product line of his famous family recipes and a companion cookbook. Independent music legends The Samples add a flavorful sound with a ‘Concert in the Kitchen’ along with Cleveland’s favorite local Newgrass act Honeybucket who will perform at the Michael Symon Block Party.
The World Food Champion, to be crowned Tuesday, November 10 in Kissimmee, Florida, will make his/her first national appearance accompanied by World Food Championships (WFC) CEO, Mike McCord. Each will be on hand to discuss the genesis and future of competitive “Food Sport,” as well as to certify an eager new crop of judges through the WFC E.A.T. methodology class.
New This Year
Street Scene & Stage
A gathering of the best food trucks in northeast Ohio with ongoing demonstrations all weekend. Attendees will also see Tri-C Hospitality Management students compete in a variety of mystery basket challenges. All stage performances are included with admission. Seating is first come, first served.
Concert in the Kitchen
With 20 albums and over 1 million records sold, The Samples continue to delight fans with music that transcends age and genres. Lead Singer/Guitarist Sean Kelly & The Samples will bring their unique sound on Saturday, November 14 from 6:30-8 p.m. live from the Giant Eagle Market District Theatre.
Happy Hour with Gail Simmons
Join Food + Wine Magazine Special Projects Director Gail Simmons from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 for specialty cocktail and food samples while enjoying sounds of The Samples. (Additional charges apply for alcohol sampling. Must be 21 or older to participate.)
Art of Food
Confection displays, cake sculpting by Natalie Sideserf, Ice Carving Demonstrations by Aaron Costic of Elegant Ice, Specialty cakes from Anna Weisendof the Grand Finale, and cheese and produce carving demonstrations from George Niemoeller and a team of culinary professionals.
Culinary Connection Showcase
An exhibitor product display connecting consumers with new and featured products in the show.
The Hot Spot Pavilion
Fiery food and salsa sampling along with voting for a people’s choice award
Gospel Brunch presented by House of Blues Cleveland
House of Blues Cleveland will bring a taste of their world famous Gospel Brunch to the Fabulous Food Show on Sunday, November 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy live music in the Giant Eagle Market District Theatre led by award winning keyboardist Lafayette Carthon included with show admission. Brunch will be served in the Fabulous Bistro. (Additional charges apply for food and alcohol.)
FABULOUS FOOD SHOW HOURS
Thursday, November 12, 2015: 3rd Annual Cleveland Culinary Awards Gala (6:30-9:30 p.m.)
Friday, November 13, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00p.m.
TICKETS: $19.99 – $75.00 Kids 12 & Under: FREE General Admission: $24.99 (Advance Online)Reserved Seating including General Admission: $44.99 (Advance Online) Signature Events/VIP Meet & Greet: $30.00 each (does not include GA – separate ticket required) Cleveland Culinary Awards Gala: $75.00 (Online)
Super Saver General Admission: $19.99 (Available at Giant Eagle and Giant Eagle Market District)
GA & Reserved Discount/Signature Events: $22.99-$42.99 (Available at select Ohio Discount Drug Mart store locations)