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GIVEAWAY: The Great Big Home and Garden Show at Cleveland’s I-X Center

UPDATE: After removing pingbacks and 2 duplicate entries, congratulations to entry #2 – Carly for winning this giveaway. Please reply to my email confirming you can attend by noon 2/5.

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Win 2 tickets to Cleveland's Great Big Home and Garden Show, February 8 through 16

Win 2 tickets to Cleveland’s Great Big Home and Garden Show, Feb. 8-16

Today’s a big day in the Hicken households.  Scott’s parents and grandmother are coming to Cleveland! Not next year, not next month, not next week. Today, we gain new neighbors.

With a new house comes the fun of new home improvement and gardening projects. There’s even a tree house in the backyard that has Scott’s dad’s name all over it.

This week’s giveaway couldn’t be better themed because I have a pair of tickets to The Great Big Home and Garden Show for you!

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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 www.fabulousfoodshow.com/tickets.aspx. And you can enter to win a pair of general admission tickets in my Fabulous Food Show giveaway.

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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: http://wp.me/pPIgG-1AY”  (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 Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

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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.

Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to the Spring Fabulous Food Show

When Scott and I bought our house a few years ago, our first investment for the outside was a nice patio set.

We knew that if we wanted something to last awhile, we’d have to splurge a bit. And after looking back on summer nights spent grilling and enjoying our backyard, the set we got was definitely worth its pricetag.

Although we haven’t been able to dust off the patio furniture and grill yet, we’ve been counting the weeks til it’ll be time to dine outside.  And with the Spring Fabulous Food Show coming up next weekend, we shouldn’t find ourselves short on inspiration this season.

After the success of the Fall Fabulous Food Show, the I-X Center has now added a Springtime counterpart to celebrate all of the great outdoor grilling that comes with the return of warm weather.

Taking place April 28 and 29, the first annual Spring Fabulous Food Show will feature expert chef presentations, ideas for patios and other outdoor living spaces, and a showroom full of exhibitors.

Headlining the event is the grill master himself – Bobby Flay, who will be joined in the Backyard Patio Theatre with fellow celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, author of the Barbeque Bible Steven Raichlen, and Weber Grills’ cookbook author Jamie Purviance.

If you miss them on the mainstage, Raichlen and Purviance will be demonstrating grilling techniques in the Weber Grilling Pavilion, where you can also catch one of my favorite local chefs – Greenhouse Tavern’s Jonathon Sawyer – team up with Jason Roberts for a demonstration during Saturday’s show.

At the Outdoor Living Stage landscaping experts will be showcasing deck and patio design ideas, while at the Farmers Market Stage you can learn gardening, wellness and sustainability tips from local and regional chefs, horticulturists and other culinary experts.

Wine and beer lovers who attended the Fall Fabulous Food Show may be happy to see the Tasting Gardens are back. For $10, guests get six tasting tickets and a Schott Zwiesel crystal glass to peruse a selection of wine, beer and spirits.

More up my alley is the Ice Cream Shoppe – new to the Spring Fabulous Food Show – where you can sample ice cream from Graeter’s, Menchie’s, Pierre’s and many others. Tasting tickets are just $1 per sample.

And this year’s Market Place offers a healthy mix of home and garden exhibitors and culinary treats, along with a few stands for the family member that possibly loves the outdoors more than us — our dogs.

General Admission to the Spring Fabulous Food Show costs $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and, unlike the Fall Show, this includes a reserved seating ticket to one celebrity chef presentation of your choice. You can order your tickets online here and save a few dollars by using one of these discount codes.

But wait, there’s more – I’m also giving away a pair of Spring Fabulous Food Show tickets to one lucky winner!

There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway

**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment with the name of your favorite dish to grill or cook up in the summer. You’ll earn one entry for doing this.

2) Like “Fabulous Food Show” and “Clue Into Cleveland” on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

3) Follow @FabFoodShow and @ADHicken on Twitter and leave me a comment letting me know you did both.

4) Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “It’s grilling time! Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway for a chance to attend the Spring @FabFoodShow: http://wp.me/pPIgG-1bR”  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)

5) Subscribe to receive Clue Into Cleveland blog posts in your inbox or Google/blog 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, April 24 at 11:59PM to enter. On Wednesday, April 25, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

***Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets to give away to a reader. As always, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own. Images courtesy of the Fabulous Food Show.***

Great Big Home and Garden Show Giveaway

One of the goals on my 30×30 list is to start a major home improvement this year. Scott and I have settled into our house over the last two years, and it’s time to start a couple projects. Short-term? We’re hoping to re-tile one of our rooms this summer. Long-term? We have plans to add on a 3-season room to the back of the house.

Fortunately, The Great Big Home and Garden Expo is back – February 4 through 12!

The first time I went to this annual show was a few months after we moved into our house. As a new homeowner, I was a little over-zealous … stopping at every landscaping and home improvement booth. While there, I picked up a few things for the garden, including a locally handmade glass hummingbird feeder we still hang in our backyard.

This year, I’m heading back with more of a game plan – doing some research for the key projects we’re looking to accomplish.

The 2012 Great Big Home and Garden Expo will fill the IX Center from Feb. 4 through Feb. 12 (show dates and times). Features of this year’s show will include:

  • More than 650 exhibitors to help you with your gardening, home improvement, and decorating projects.
  • Celebrity guests, including Chip Wade of HGTV’s Curb Appeal; The Block and Designed to Sell and Christopher Straub from season 6 of Project Runway.
  • Tours of an eco-friendly Idea Home and two efficient log cabins.
  • The Home Builders Association Pavilion, featuring a 53-foot-long interactive mobile display and the Dream Home Theatre.
  • Celebrity Designer Rooms created by a Northeast Ohio interior designer and local tv and radio personalities.
  • The Gardening Stage presented by Petitti Garden Center with daily gardening seminars on landscape design, flora and furnishing outdoor rooms.

In addition to researching our upcoming home improvement projects, I’m also looking forward to having some fun by checking out the classic tv-themed gardens (Batman, Twilight Zone and The Flintstones are top on my to-see list) and the Easy, Elegant & Entertaining Eats demonstration from Fahrenheit Restaurant’s Chef Rocco Whalen on Feb. 11 and 12.

I hope to see you there too!  Tickets are $14 at the door for adults, but buy your tickets online before the show and save $3.

Plus, Clue into Cleveland readers can save even more: Use the code “CLUE” when you’re buying tickets online and they will cost only $10 – a total savings of $4. Purchase tickets here.

I also have 2 tickets to give away that are good for any one day of the Great Home and Garden Expo, Feb. 4 through Feb. 12!

 

There are 5 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me how you plan to spruce up your home or garden space this year.

2) Follow @ADHicken and @GreatBigShow on Twitter and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

3) Like “Clue Into Cleveland” and “The Great Home and Garden Expo” on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know you did both.

4) Add Clue Into Cleveland to your Google Reader or subscribe to receive Clue Into Cleveland posts and leave a comment letting me know you did.

5)  Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “Want to spruce up your home and garden? Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway to win @GreatBigShow tickets http://wp.me/pPIgG-10Q″.  (Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.)

 

You have until Tuesday, January 24 at 11:59PM to enter.  On January 25, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – good luck!

***Disclosure: I was provided 2 Great Big Home and Garden Show tickets for myself and 2 to give away to a reader.  As always, though, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own.***

Cleveland's Fabulous Food at the Fabulous Food Show

WearingMascara and I at the Fabulous Food Show

This weekend the Fabulous Food Show traveled to Cleveland. In addition to some food sampling, excellent people-watching opportunities and culinary stars like Bobby Flay and Restaurant Impossible’s Robert Irvine gracing the stage, Cleveland’s talent was also showcased.

Having attended the Food Show a couple years ago and because I’m on an alcohol-diet in November (so no beer or wine samplings), we set about exploring the local chefs that were there.

Saturday, we started out with Michael Ruhlman’s presentation.  I’ve been on a Ruhlman kick lately. Although I’ve followed his writing for a while at Ruhlman.com, he’s recently been in the news promoting his newest book (check out his post on his appearance at the Martha Stewart Show).

Michael Ruhlman

Ruhlman’s Twenty covers the twenty ideas anyone needs to know to cook pretty much anything. And with his wife Donna’s beautiful photography to illustrate the 100 recipes (sometimes even step by step), it makes it easy to put the concepts into practice.  

His session at the Culinary Celebration stage demoed a few of the processes in his book, including: how to make bacon at home, how to cure salmon and how to make a simple grouper cerviche.

Based on tv appearances, I wasn’t surprised by how well-spoken, at ease, and low-key he was. Although I’ve heard about the importance of cooking at home, this is one of the few times where I sat there and thought “I could do this.” The thing that stuck with me the most is how the key ingredient to any recipe is commonsense – “thinking” is the first concept in Twenty.

If this had been our only highlight of the weekend, the Food Show would have been a success for us.  However, we had more to look forward to.

Brian Doyle from SOW Food

After Ruhlman’s presentation, Scott and I decided to avoid the crowds surrounding the Main Kitchen Theatre. We met up with some friends like WhyCLE and Wearing Mascara and explored the Taste of the Neighborhood and Sweet Street stages.

Presented by the Plain Dealer, the Taste of the Neighborhood Stage featured demos from local chefs.  Each chef presented a dish suitable for holiday entertaining that wasn’t your typical turkey and stuffing.

Chef Brian Doyle from SOW Food made Swiss Chard cakes and eggs. It was a recipe his family created so during the demo we discussed family traditions and the importance of keeping these dishes alive. 

Team HodgePodge: Chris Hodgson, Catie Hodgson and Jacquelyn Romanin

Later on, we caught Chris Hodgson from Dim and Den Sum and Hodge Podge. Hodgson’s dish definitely made me excited for Thanksgiving — well, the day after.

Hodgson showed the audience how to make Thanksgiving Left-over Turkey Enchiladas with a butternut squash enchilada sauce. I need to track down a recipe for this because it looked much more appetizing than your standard turkey sandwich.

Our first day fittingly ended with dessert from Anne Thornton at the Sweet Street Stage. Thornton is a Bay Village native and hosts Dessert First on Food Network. She demoed a tasty tasty smores brownie. After the presentation, Scott saw me salivating for sweets and being the wonderful husband he is went up and got me one. My favorite part was how the small marshmallows just popped in your mouth.

Dessert from Anne Thornton

On Sunday, we changed gears. Since things were a little less chaotic than Saturday, we focused on the Main Kitchen Theatre and explored the exhibitors.

Although there were a number of exhibitors from around the country like Hak’s BBQ Sauce and Red Cedar Coffee, I was happy to check out locals like Chef Kimberly McCune.

At her Hungry Bee stand, we picked up honey and sweets. Her Rehive AIe is coming out soon and from what I heard after her Emerging Chefs event, it is not to miss.  The Farmers Market section and Growhio booths were also big draws for me.

Michael Symon and his Braised Pork Shank with Shaved Brussel Sprouts Salad

Sunday’s Main Kitchen Theatre schedule was highlighted by Cleveland son Michael Symon. For his first presentation, we joined a packed hall to watch him prepare a Braised Pork Shank.

During the presentation, he shared his love of brussel sprouts (what he considers an underdog – the Cleveland Browns of the vegetable world), talked about how the tastes in Cleveland have changed from when he had to call his ‘Beef Cheek Pierogies’ ‘Pot Roast Pierogies’ to get people to order them, and had audience members periodically check the score of the Browns game.

He also talked about the need for complicated flavors and textures – so he topped the shank with a shaved brussel sprout salad and homemade vinaigrette . I may not cook, but I’m a huge fan of avoiding bottled dressings whenever possible so I’m going to have to make this at home.

Robert Irvine and Jonathon Sawyer

After that we stuck around for Robert Irvine’s demo. He decided to mix it up for his last session of the weekend, inviting one of my favorite chefs, Jonathan Sawyer of Greenhouse Tavern and NoodleCat, to an Iron Chef “Irvine Style” competition.

While Irvine took questions, Sawyer and a chef from Irvine’s team faced off with members of the audience acting as sous chefs. While it’s always a treat to see Sawyer prepare something, Irvine (whom I’ve not watched a lot of) was also really engaging and entertaining — very high-energy and running into the crowds (even the back section) to answer questions.  He seemed to really like meeting his fans.

After this, our Fabulous Food Show experience ended as it had begun – with Michael Ruhlman.  Ruhlman – along with Crop Bistro’s Steve Schimoler and the Plain Dealer’s Joe Crea – were brought together for the Michael Symon-hosted “Cleveland Culinary Scene.”

Michael Symon demoing how to make your own sausage at home

Like a pairing of good food and beverage, each guest’s expertise and experience complemented the other. After Symon demoed how to grind your own sausage at home, Schimoler cooked up a dish while the group discussed different local food trends.

From the East and West Coasts’ growing recognition of Cleveland’s food scene to tips for aspiring chefs and restauranteurs, it was an incredible opportunity to engage with some of Cleveland’s greatest food voices.

One of my favorite topics was discussed: the importance of buying locally farmed meat and produce. It’s something I’m trying to do more of with small steps here and there, but as was discussed during the demo, we can only break our habits and make a statement about wanting local food by where we choose to spend our money.  

If you’re like me and never know where to start, here are a few lists of area farmers markets and CSAs. And when you’re in your grocery store, ask questions of the butchers or store managers. If they’re not sure where the product came from or how it was taken care of, there are plenty of other places in Cleveland who do.

Roundtable discussion: Robert Irvine, Joe Crea, Michael Symon, Michael Ruhlman and Steve Schimoler

Out of all of the events, I wish this one had been better attended. While a smaller crowd in the Main Kitchen Theatre meant for a more intimate, personal experience for audience members, I think there were a lot of people at the Food Show who could have benefited from hearing this.

I know I did, because as much as I enjoy eating food, I’ve always disliked cooking.  I get nervous in the kitchen – wanting it to turn out perfectly. And from listening to Ruhlman talk about the simplicity of cooking and Symon and the other local chefs talk about the need to preserve family food traditions, they won me over to the other side.

In fact, after the show on Saturday, we picked up a few ingredients from the grocery store and tried to cure some salmon.  Creating the salt and sugar mix and zesting a grapefruit and lime took no time at all.  And after allowing the salmon to cure for 24 hours, we ended up with this:

Cured Salmon with grapefruit and lime zest

Scott called it candy salmon because of the slight citrus flavoring to it.  I topped a few bagel chips with the salmon, cream cheese and chives – it was an ideal snack and we were amazed at how easy it was to throw together.

Prior to this weekend, you’d only see me in a kitchen if I was dragged there by my husband.  Now, after the Cleveland talent at the Fabulous Food Show, this formerly self-professed “non-cook” is already eyeing up a mac and cheese with sourbise dish for Thanksgiving.

If you missed the Fabulous Food Show, you don’t have to wait until next year to check it out. This April 28 and 29, the I-X Center will open up its doors to the Spring Fabulous Food Show.

Featuring Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse and Steven Raichlen demonstrating their summer grilling techniques, the spring show will focus on Outdoor Entertaining for the summer months. Our plan is to construct a stone firepit this year, so I’m hoping to pick up a few recipes we can try out on it.

Fabulous Food Show 411:

Disclosure: I was offered two media passes in exchange for the giveaway I hosted a couple of weeks ago. As always, the events I choose to cover and my opinions of them are 100% my own.

 

 

Want to win 2 tickets to the Fabulous Food Show?

Update: Congrats to entry #20 – Courtney M. for being selected on random.org as the giveaway winner!

Nov. 11-13 at the I-X Center

Of course you do!

Between the Piston Power Show and this weekend’s LEGO KidsFest, the I-X Center has been hosting a lot of fun events lately. However, one of their most popular (and my favorite from years past) is right around the corner:

Fabulous Food Show

Now in its 6th year, the Fabulous Food Show (Nov. 11-13) is one of my earliest memories of Cleveland. Right after moving here, we attended our first Fabulous Food Show where Scott and I watched a taffy-making demo and met our favorite Food Network chef (tied with Michael Symon, of course!) — Alton Brown.  

While Alton won’t be there this year, there are plenty of Food Network culinary personalities to look forward to, including Michael Symon, Ace of Cakes and Sugar High’s Duff Goldman, Guy Fieri, Dinner Impossible’s Robert Irvine and Bobby Flay.

Scott, Alton Brown and me

The celebrity chefs will be hosting live cooking demos in the Main Kitchen Theatre, which boasts new theatre-style seating instead of the metal bleachers from years past. The Celebrity Autograph Pavilion will also be open if you have that cookbook you’d like signed by one of the chefs.

Although I’m a little bummed Duff is only going to be there on Friday when I’m at work (Scott and I are huge fans), there are plenty of other things to check out at the Fabulous Food Show including:

  • Culinary Celebration Theatre including demos by local talents Chef Kimberly McCune and Michael Ruhlman, as well as others
  • More Chef Demo Stages like The Plain Dealer Taste of the Neighborhood Stage and Farmers’ Market Stage
  • Sweet Street‘s decadent dessert demos and cake walk (another of my favorite show higlights)
  • The Grand Tasting Pavilion featuring wines, beer, Food2 mixologists Alie & Georgia and a Chocolate Bar with chocolate and wine pairings
  • More than 225 food vendors to browse for early holiday shopping (or yourself!)

Additionally, included in every Fabulous Food Show ticket is admission to the Cleveland By Hand show which will also be going on in the I-X Center that weekend.

The Cleveland By Hand Fine Art and Craft Festival features more than 225 quality artistans — from fine oil paintings to pottery, leather tanning, metalsmithing  and woodcarving.

General admission tickets to the Fabulous Food Show are $25. Reserved seating for the Main Kitchen Theatre (which I’d recommend after not getting them in the past), VIP Meet and Greet packages, and $10 wine and spirit tasting passports are also available at an additional cost. 

Tickets can be purchased here or you can enter my giveaway to win 2 General Admission tickets!

There are 6 Easy Ways to Enter the Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me what you’re most looking forward to at this year’s Fabulous Food Show.

2) Leave a comment sharing who’s your favorite celebrity chef (Food Network, local or otherwise).

3)  Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “Want to attend the #CLE @FabFoodShow? Check out @ADHicken’s giveaway to win 2 tickets: http://wp.me/pPIgG-Ti“.  Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.

4) Like “Fabulous Food Show” on Facebook.

5) Like “Clue Into Cleveland” on Facebook.

6) Follow @ADHicken on Twitter.

You have until Tuesday, November 8 at 11:59PM to enter.  On November 9, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – Good Luck!  

Update: Congrats to entry #20 – Courtney M. for being selected on random.org as the giveaway winner!

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Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets to the Fabulous Food Show. As always, though, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own.

LEGO KidsFest Giveaway Winner

It’s time to announce the winner of the LEGO KidsFest giveaway!

I love LEGOs and I’m glad to see how many of you do too! My favorite part about this giveaway was reading how these small blocks pieced together really fantastic memories for everyone who entered.

After placing all of the entries into an Excel document…

…and then using random.org to pick our winner:

I am happy to announce that entry 35– Sarah H has won two tickets to the  3pm-7:30pm session on Sunday, Nov. 6th! Please email me by Oct. 29 at clueintocleveland (at) gmail (dot) com to redeem your prize.

If you didn’t win, you can still purchase tickets to the weekend-long LEGO KidsFest that will be stopping at the I-X Center Nov. 4-6. Check out this blog post for all the reasons to attend the LEGO extravaganza and then buy tickets here. Children 2 and under are free; children 3-17 and seniors 65+ are $18; and adults are $20.

LEGO KidsFest 411:

Photo from www.legokidsfest.com/photo_gallery.html

Enter to Win Tickets to Cleveland's LEGO KidsFest

Enter to win 2 tickets to LEGO KidsFest where you can enjoy giant LEGO models like this

UPDATE: Congratulations to Sarah H. for being selected by Random.org as the winner of two ticets.

 

Update: Even if you are unable to attend LEGO KidsFest, enter the giveaway anyway. If you win, your tickets will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

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First things first: A huge happy birthday to the most patient, kindest person I know — my husband Scott. He deserves a lot of thanks for putting up with me and my shenanigans.

In honor of Scott’s birthday, I’m giving away two tickets to an event I know that he is really excited about: Cleveland’s LEGO KidsFest!

The LEGO KidsFest brings together all of the creative hands-on enjoyment of LEGO building in one family-friendly weekend. On November 4, 5 and 6, the I-X Center will host a slew of activities for people of all ages.

And, I have 2 tickets to give away for the 3pm-7:30pm session on Sunday, Nov. 6th!

 

 

There are 6 Easy Ways to Enter The Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Leave a comment telling me what activity you are most looking forward to at LEGO KidsFest (a list can be found in this blog post).

2) Leave a comment sharing a favorite LEGO memory (your or your child’s).

3)  Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “Want to attend #CLE #LEGOKidsFest? Check out @ADHicken’s giveaway to win 2 tickets: http://wp.me/pPIgG-RQ”.  Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.

4) Like “LEGO KidsFest” on Facebook.

5) Like “Clue Into Cleveland” on Facebook.

6) Follow @ADHicken on Twitter.

You have until Monday, October 24 at 11:59PM to enter.  On October 25, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce the winner’s name on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – Good Luck   Congratulations to Sarah H!

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Disclosure: I was provided 2 tickets to LEGO KidsFest. As always, though, my thoughts and the choice of events I share are 100% my own. Photos from  www.legokidsfest.com/photo_gallery.html and www.facebook.com/legokidsfest 

Cleveland's LEGO KidsFest – Nov. 4-6

Nov. 4 through 6, the LEGO KidsFest comes to Cleveland to fill the I-X Center with demos and hands-on fun for all ages.

When it comes to checking out different places and events in Cleveland, there have been a few times where I dragged Scott along to something that wasn’t his ideal choice of spending a day. To his credit, he always goes along with me and makes the most of it.

For all the times he has put up with hitting the town when he’d rather stay home, there’s one event coming up in November he’s clamoring to attend: LEGO KidsFest.

During LEGO KidsFest, children of all ages can exercise their creativity in the different build zones.

Besides being an amazing, supportive husband, one of Scott’s most endearing qualities is that he’s a creative kid at heart. Part of that is his love of LEGOs.  He may not purchase huge LEGO sets anymore, but when we’re in Target we’ll usually make a stop by the toy aisle to check out the new LEGO products and games.

The LEGO KidsFest brings together all of the creative hands-on enjoyment of LEGO building in one family-friendly weekend. On November 4, 5 and 6, the I-X Center will host a slew of activities for children of all ages (even Scott) and builders of all skills and interests:

  • LEGO Model Museum of miniature and life-size models built entirely of LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Master Builder Academy for children to learn the fundamentals of design, engineering and art through LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Activity Area featuring audience-participation events like Master Builders appearances, games, trivia, videos and contests
  • Creation Nation where participants can build their own LEGO creation to add to a huge map of the United States
  • Big Brick Pile, DUPLO Build Area and LEGO Construction Zone for children to build whatever their imagination can create
  • Monochromatic Group Builds for anyone who wants to construct or add to a creation that organically evolves as everyone adds bricks of the same color
  • Race Ramps for building, rebuilding and racing LEGO cars
  • Mystery Mural Build where LEGO KidsFest attendees can help assemble a giant piece of LEGO artwork to be revealed throughout the weekend
  • LEGO Brickscapes — giant dioramas featuring mash-ups of dozens of LEGO and DUPLO sets
  • LEGO Games featuring LEGO’s newest innovation –  a collection of games that players can build, play and change

Master Builders will be on hand throughout the weekend to show what they create in the LEGO Workshop and help children learn about art and engineering.

LEGO KidsFest also includes a Marketplace where you can pick up exclusive items to add to (or start) a LEGO collection. It’s a great opportunity for some early holiday shopping.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, November 4 from 4 pm – 8:30 pm. There are two sessions on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6. On both days Session I runs 9 am – 1:30 pm and Session II runs 3 pm – 7:30 pm.

Tickets for LEGO KidsFest can be purchased here. And if you’d like to keep up-to-date with announcements about the Cleveland LEGO KidsFest or any of the tour’s other stops, a newsletter sign-up is also available.

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Photos from www.legokidsfest.com/photo_gallery.html

GIVEAWAY: Piston Power Car Show

         

Growing up, I was surrounded by cars. My dad restored antique cars as a hobby, so at any given time the garage would be filled with vehicles in various states of repair.

What always impressed me was how he could take a wrecked frame, and by scouring Hemmings Motor News or traveling 9 hours to a car show, transform it with parts and paint into a beautiful – and miraculously running – car.

While he would take on the occasional restoration for other people, he had a few he kept, including his Chevy Coupe and a Depot Hack truck with wood paneled frame. Even to this day, he’ll take the Depot Hack — accented with the crate of antique milk bottles he used to deliver with his dad — out for a parade.

Then there was my mom, whose 1968 Stingray I’d ride around in as a kid, instilled in me a love for roaring engines and the lines of a classic convertible.

When I learned the I-X Center was playing host in two weeks to Ohio’s largest indoor display of custom cars, bikes and planes, it woke up the classic car fan that still marvels at how cool her parents are.

     

The I-X Piston Power Show rolls into Cleveland for 3 days from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. The more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space will be filled with 1000+ vehicles. And thanks to the I-X Center’s huge hangar doors, the lineup will include eight piston-powered airplanes (making it the only facility in the country able to coordinate and move in large military aircraft).

One of these planes will be the fully restored B-17 from the movie Memphis Belle. Guests will be able to walk through the flying fortress’s cargo hold and sit in the gunner’s chair. For those who want to feel what it’s like to actually pilot a warbird, they can climb aboard an M4 Flight Simulator Ride and test their skills on a P-51 or Jet Inceptor.

In addition to a showroom of cars, planes, bikes, and boats, the event will feature the Piston Playzone with matchbox car races, the All American Soap Box Derby’s Indoor Rally, and “celebrity cars” like the Transformers’ Bumble Bee, Barney Fife’s police car and K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. (Ok, I’ll say it — even though it’s meant for children, the Playzone sounds fun for adults as well.)

Tickets for the Piston Power Show are available for only $15 ($12 for children 7-12 and free for ages 6 & under).  You can purchase them here and onsite, or you can enter to win a pair of tickets through the below giveaway!

           

There are 5 Ways to Enter The Giveaway
**You must leave a separate comment on this post for each entry**

1) Mandatory first entry: “Celebrity cars,” like vehicles from Transformers, Starskey & Hutch, and Knight Rider, are going to be at the Piston Power Show. Leave a comment on this post telling me what’s your favorite car made famous by tv or film (mine is the Batmobile).

2) Twitter users can get an extra entry each day for tweeting: “The I-X Center is getting Piston Powered. Enter @ADHicken’s giveaway to win 2 tickets: http://wp.me/pPIgG-Ol”.  Each day you do this, you must leave a new comment.

3) Follow @ADHicken on Twitter.

4) Like Clue Into Cleveland on Facebook.

5) Like Piston Power Show on Facebook.

You have until this Thursday night, September 22 at 11:59PM ET to enter.  On Friday, I will select a winner using Random.org and will announce who won the 2 General Admission tickets on my blog.  Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry – Good Luck!

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Disclosure: I was offered two general admission tickets to the Piston Power Show in exchange for this post. The choice of events I share and my opinions on them are 100% my own. Photos from pistonpowershow.com.