Today’s kind reminders:
1) You have until Monday at 12AM to enter the Cleveland Zoological Society’s Date Night at the ZOOvies giveaway.
2) Check me out on the Yogic Investing radio show today at 3:00PM! We’re chatting about Yoga Rocks the Park – you can win two passes to YRP anywhere it takes place in the nation!
HEY CLEVELANDERS! Tomorrow kicks off an important celebration in the Catholic Church – and one of Cleveland’s beloved foodie events: The Feast of the Assumption.
Each August for one crazy weekend, Mayfield Road shuts down and the Little Italy neighborhood lights up with plenty of events sponsored by Holy Rosary Church. This year (2013), the Feast runs from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 18.
Being Italian and a life long Clevelander, I’ve attended my share of Feasts over the years – this one to be included on that list. I don’t know everything, but here’s what I can share from my experiences so you know before you go…
While it is FREE to attend and I’m sure you can find vendors taking credit cards (hello, it is 2013), but just make it easy on yourself by bringing cash for food and beverages. Who wants to hunt down an ATM, anyways?
Make a case to park near Case.
One of the least enjoyable parts about any city festival is finding parking, especially in an area. Get some extra cardio in and park on one of the side streets on the college campus. You’ll feel better about those extra steps after you eat all that pasta.
Walk the street before you eat.
Every year, our crew start at the corner of Murray Hill and Mayfield. We glance up the hill. We glance down the hill. We then walk up the hill. We then walk down the hill. And THEN we make our decision for what we’re all going to split.
Don’t forget about Murray Hill Road.
I think with all the craziness along Mayfield, it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of neat businesses along Murray Hill Road. The old school house has plenty of funky art and fashion spots, and the Murray Hill Market has some great food finds – and some rockin’ roasted corn for sale.
Head to the park for some peace and quiet.
As you can see in the cover photo, the Feast can get BONKERS crazy. The streets fill up fast and it’s easy for some anxiety to build up. That when I head to Tony Brush Park to sit down, calm down and recenter. A few moments (& a few trips down the slide) is all it takes.
Remember this is more than just a foodie event.
The Feast might have a reputation for being a crazy food fest, but Holy Rosary Church does a beautiful job explaining the religious background behind this festival. No matter if you’re Catholic or not, take a moment to understand why this 115 year tradition continues by learning more at the church’s website. There are masses each day, with additional processions and celebrations throughout the weekend. Need even more info? Click on over to on the Little Italy Cleveland website.
Been to the Feast? What’s your must “know before you go” tip?