Went to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens on Saturday for Ripe! Fest. This year was the second year of the budding annual event.
Having arrived later in the day, we didn’t have much time to linger or enjoy everything offered. And looking at the schedule, the event was made for lingering.
Demonstrations throughout the weekend ranged from beekeeping, pickling, beer and wine tastings, and cooking techniques.
Tents stood across the green, filled with local vendors offering food and organic products. Candles, honey, maple syrup, tea, all that and more. The sellers were eager to talk about their work and the pride they had in what they made. They also provided samples, which I was eager to try.
The most unusual? Organic beet and balsamic vinegar gelato from The Sweet Spot. I had to try something that sounded so bizarre. It tasted like frozen beets. But it worked somehow. The beets gave enough sugar to make the gelato sweet, but balanced with the earth-tones and slight tang from the vinegar.