Giveaway: Fabulous Food Show is Ready for the Holidays

Although Hurricane Sandy put a delay on a lot of the Halloween festivities, I think it’s safe to safe the holiday season is finally upon us. And with the arrival of HallowThanksMas, my brain turns to food.

That’s kind of a lie. My brain is usually turned to food, but more so over the next two months. As I prepare for Scott’s family coming into town for Thanksgiving and the usual myriad of holiday dinners, I’m looking everywhere I can for food and drink ideas.

Fortunately, the Fabulous Food Show is coming back to Cleveland for its 7th year with 3 days of chef demonstrations, tips and treats (Nov. 9-11)

I’ve enjoyed this show since first moving to Cleveland and last year loved exploring its local food highlights.

This year’s Fabulous Food Show couldn’t have come at a better time as Hometown Hero Michael Symon kicks things off with a demonstration in the Main Kitchen Theatre on Friday at 11 am.

In addition to Chef Symon’s appearances throughout the weekend, the show also sees returns from Celebrity Chefs Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell.

Michael Symon at last year’s Fabulous Food Show prepares a Braised Pork Shank with Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

New to the show this year are Sandwich King Jeff Mauro, French cuisine master Jacques Pepin, and longtime veterans of food television Sara Moulton and Mary Ann Esposito. I’m excited to see the show incorporate chefs like Pepin, Moulton and Esposito from long-running PBS cooking shows (especially Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito – I’m nuts for Italian food).

However, no matter what sort of food you enjoy there should be no shortage of things to do since a total of 8 stages throughout the I-X Center will feature 100+ live demonstrations throughout the festival. Other things I’m looking forward to:

  • Maria Isabella, author of In the Kitchen with Cleveland’s Favorite Chefs, challenges local chefs like Dante Boccuzzi, Nolan Konkowsk, Zack Bruell and Ben Bebenroth with their favorite recipes for last-minute entertaining
  • Tri-C’s Hospitality & Culinary Arts department presents the NEO Culinary Challenge
  • The Great Sugardale BAC-ON pits national finalists head-to-head with their most creative bacon-themed recipes
  • Michael Ruhlman and Laura Taxel – two of my favorite Cleveland authors present on bacon curing and the West Side Market, respectively
  • Taste of the Holidays and the Vitamix Spirit Lounge’s Holiday Batch Drink Contest feature the region’s food and drink experts sharing favorite seasonal flavors

Save time to browse more than 500 vendors at the Food Show Market Place and By Hand Fine Art & Craft Fair, sampling products, services, and unique artistic items for the holidays. And afterwards sample a selection of wine and beer in the Grand Tasting Pavilion.

At last year’s Fabulous Food Show, Robert Irvine, Joe Crea, Michael Symon, Michael Ruhlman and Steve Schimoler discuss Cleveland food inspiration

Tickets for the Fabulous Food Show start at $25 for one-day general admission if purchased online ($30.00 onsite during the show). Reserved floor seating and weekend passes are also available.

Information about all of the ticket options are available at And you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets in my Fabulous Food Show giveaway.


There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway!
Leave a separate comment on this post for each entry

1) For one entry in the giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite dish is for the holidays (and if you have a link to the recipe, feel free to share).

2) If you’re a fan of Clue Into Cleveland and the Fabulous Food Show on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog post letting me know (good for one entry). If you’re not yet a fan of either, you can become one here and here.

3) Follow @ADHicken and @FabFoodShow on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did both (good for one entry).

4) Twitter users can also get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “I want to win tickets to the Cleveland @FabFoodShow. Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway for your chance to win:”  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)

5) Subscribe to receive Clue Into Cleveland blog posts in your inbox or blog reader like Google Reader and leave a comment letting me know you did. This can also include signing up to receive email notifications in the top-right “You’ve Got Mail” section of this page.

You have until Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 11:59PM to enter. On Wednesday, Nov. 7, I will select a winner using and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!


Disclosures: I was provided 2 tickets to give away to the Fabulous Food Show and 2 for a guest and I to attend. My thoughts and the choice of events I share are my own.
Regarding the Facebook components of this giveaway: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of the Facebook pages listed and not to Facebook.

63 thoughts on “Giveaway: Fabulous Food Show is Ready for the Holidays

  1. Jessica

    Can I have a tie for favorite holiday food? I love pumpkin pie (I just use the recipe on the back of the can), stuffing (the secret ingredient in the family recipe is Bell’s seasoning), and cranberry sauce.

  2. Andy Tojek

    My favorite holiday food is actually a beverage…glögg. Warm mulled wine with whiskey and raisons and almond slivers. It warms your cockles and helps you deal with family.

  3. Dizzle729 (@Dizzle729)

    My favorite holiday dish are the orange cookies my aunt makes each Christmas. They taste great but thats not the best thing about them. The smell and taste remind me of the wonderful Christmas times of my youth and all those wonderful people who are no longer with us. Its like they come alive again, even if only for a brief moment.

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  5. Suzanne McM

    Our Favorite “dish” for the holidays, a plate of homemade holiday cookies shared wit friends and family. : )

  6. @cristinantics

    Favorite dish for the holidays is a sweet potato dish I make.
    4 cups mashed sweet potatoes (at least 4 potatoes – depends on size)
    2 eggs
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 tsp vanilla
    1 cup milk
    1/2 cup butter – melted

    1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/3 cup flour
    1/2 cup butter
    1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

    Combine sweet potatoes, sugar, eggs, vanilla, milk and melted butter. Whisk until smooth. Pour into 2 quart greased casserole.

    Topping: Combine topping items. Sprinkle over top.

    Bake at 350 for 45 minutes uncovered.

  7. Laura B.

    oops never put my favorite holiday dish…..We traditionally have dumplings on Thanksgiving as a side dish. They are so rich, we can only eat them once a year. Plus lots of work, but so good.

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