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You have asked and we’ve listened. This year, the Taste of Lakewood has plenty to eat, and plenty of fun for the whole family! Aside from eating your way through food from 25 award winning Lakewood restaurants, you can shop, listen to music from Jeff Varga and JellyNJamz, teach your kids some gardening basics, remember the day at the University of Akron photo booth, get a temporary Taste of Lakewood tattoo, enter to win Dollars for Scholars raffle to help high school students get to college, and more. You might even get a glimpse of a local celebrity!

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How do I get to Madison Park for the Taste of Lakewood?

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Walk or Bike

Lakewood is one of Ohio’s most walkable cities, and it’s very bike friendly. Avoid the traffic and get around easily by walking or biking to the event. A bike parking area is on the east side of the pool house.

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RTA Red Line

Take the RTA Red Line (Exit at W. 117th Street, walk or roll 1/2 mile west on Madison Avenue to Madison Park). According to the RTA website the bus is ADA accessible and makes bike racks available to riders.

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Drive

While VIP tickets include close parking, there is limited parking for general admission. Some parking is available at the north end of the park, at Harrison Elementary School (2080 Quail Street, 2 blocks east), or on neighboring streets.

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VIP Drive + Park

The VIP experience includes a parking pass which allows you to park directly adjacent to the event, off of Halstead. The lot is small and very accessible.

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Quick list Q&A

How much does it cost to get in?

General admission is free, “pay as you go” at individual food vendors.

What is the VIP experience and how is it different?

VIP Experience at the Taste of Lakewood includes highly sought after amenities and provides a unique experience for event VIPs. The 2019 Taste of Lakewood VIP ticket ($50) includes:

  • VIP Parking (some say this alone is worth $50)
  • Seating in the Pier W VIP Tent from 1-4pm
  • Separate VIP Bar (beer & wine) and two drink tokens
  • Proximity to the First Federal Lakewood “Good Tunes” Stage
  • Two food items of your choice from participating restaurants, delivered to you at the VIP tent
  • Volunteer wait staff to retrieve your order
  • Special VIP-only dessert provided by Pier W
  • One free VIP-only Raffle ticket to win Pier W Complete Dinner for TEN (additional chances available for purchase at event)

VIP Tent sponsor Pier W has generously donated a ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ as a raffle prize only offered to Taste of Lakewood VIPs. The dinner includes a 4-5 course menu to be custom designed by Chef Regan Reik (based on chosen protein, seasonal ingredients & availability) with wine paired with each course. The ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ is valued at $2,000.

 

Buy tickets by clicking at the button on the bottom of this page.

What time does the event start and end?

The event starts at 1pm and ends at 7pm. The VIP experience begins at 1pm and ends at 4pm.

How much does the food cost?

Prices vary by restaurant, generally in the $3-$7 range. Beer & wine ($5 tokens), soda ($2), and water ($1) are available for purchase as well.

If you purchase a VIP ticket, it includes two food items of your choice from participating restaurants, delivered to you at the VIP tent. The VIP experience also includes a separate bar (beer & wine) and two drink tokens.

 

Is the event kid-friendly?

Yes! Learning about growing vegetables at the Kids Garden is just one example of the many activities planned that kids will love! The Kids Garden Tent is sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center and will be open from 1-4pm.

Is the event dog-friendly?

Yes, on a leash (per City of Lakewood park rules).

I’m obviously over 21. Do I have to present an ID to buy drink tokens?

Yes. The Taste of Lakewood liquor permit from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control requires that we ID anyone purchasing tokens for alcoholic beverages.

Can I use a credit card?

Beer, wine, soda and water sold by the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce is cash only. Some food vendors will accept credit cards, but it’s mostly a cash event.

Where are the nearest ATMs?

There are two ATMs at the event. One is on the north side of the event and the other is at the south end of the food vendor row near the stage.

I heard this event is for charity. Is that true?

The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program, funded in part with event sponsorship dollars and proceeds from The Taste of Lakewood, awards scholarships each year to four high school seniors from either Lakewood High School or St. Edward High School.

See this year’s recipients recognized on the Taste of Lakewood stage at 4:00pm!

What entertainment is on the Taste of Lakewood stage?

1:00-4:00pm Jeff Varga live music
4:00pm 2019 Scholarship Recipients recognized
4:15pm VIP Raffle Drawing: Pier W Dinner for Ten
4:30-6:30pm JellyNJamz live music
6:30pm 2019 Dollars for Scholars Raffle Winners Drawn

What is the Dollars for Scholars Raffle?

Purchase a raffle ticket at the Dollars for Scholars tent to win a child sized picnic table built by our friends at Lakewood Hardware or a planter with gift cards from the following Lakewood businesses:

  • Beat Cycles x2
  • Aladdin’s
  • Deagan’s
  • Humble
  • Addicted Coffee & Ice Cream
  • The Movement Factory
  • Dewey’s Pizza
  • Angelo’s
  • GVArt
  • Beer Engine
  • El Carnicero
  • Distill Table
  • Salt
  • Artists Uncorked
  • The Clifton Club x3
  • Lakewood Hardware
  • Gatherings Kitchen

Proceeds support the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund

 

How do I get a temporary Taste of Lakewood tattoo?

Temporary Taste of Lakewood tattoos are given out as our way of saying thank you for buying a Dollars for Scholars raffle ticket which supports the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Scholarship fund (while supplies last).

If the weather does not cooperate, does the Taste of Lakewood have a rain date?

No. The Taste of Lakewood will be on Sunday, June 9 from 1:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

How can I remember my fabulous day at the Taste of Lakewood?

The Roo & You photo booth, sponsored by University of Akron Lakewood, is a fun way to capture the moment. The photo booth is located by the north end of the restaurants.

We’re proud to support the Taste of Lakewood by sponsoring the Kid’s Garden tent. Providing teachable moments on nutrition to hundreds of children supports our mission and aligns with Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to improving the social determinants of health.

james hekman

Medical Director, Lakewood Family Health Center

Treat yourself and help a student

A portion of VIP Ticket proceeds contribute to the future of young minds

VIP Experience at the Taste of Lakewood includes highly sought after amenities and provides a unique experience for event VIPs. The 2019 Taste of Lakewood VIP ticket ($50) includes:

  • VIP Parking (some say this alone is worth $50)
  • Seating in the Pier W VIP Tent from 1-4pm
  • Separate VIP Bar (beer & wine) and two drink tokens
  • Proximity to the First Federal Lakewood “Good Tunes” Stage
  • Two food items of your choice from participating restaurants, delivered to you at the VIP tent
  • Volunteer wait staff to retrieve your order
  • Special VIP-only dessert provided by Pier W
  • One free VIP-only Raffle ticket to win Pier W Complete Dinner for TEN (additional chances available for purchase at event)

VIP Tent sponsor Pier W has generously donated a ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ as a raffle prize only offered to Taste of Lakewood VIPs. The dinner includes a 4-5 course menu to be custom designed by Chef Regan Reik (based on chosen protein, seasonal ingredients & availability) with wine paired with each course. The ‘Complete Dinner for TEN at Pier W’ is valued at $2,000.

VIP attendees review the menu during the Taste of Lakewood. As part of the VIP experience, seated customers order from their table and their waiter retrieves the order, then runs the food back to the table. Proceeds from VIP ticket sales support the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce scholarship program. 

Event Details

EVENT CO-PRESENTERS
Lakewood Chamber of Commerce
Cleveland Magazine

EVENT CO-PROMOTER
Convey360

TASTE OF LAKEWOOD 2019
Sunday, June 9
1:00pm — 7:00pm
Madison Park, Lakewood, Ohio
General Admission is FREE

VIP EXPERIENCE
Includes reserved parking, seating, personal waiter, food and drink tokens, special dessert, and one raffle ticket to win dinner for 10

2019 GOLD SPONSORS
Dollar Bank, Merchant Market
First Federal Lakewood, Stage

2019 SILVER SPONSORS
Cuyahoga Community College
Heidelberg Distributing Company
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
University of Akron Lakewood
WestLife Community Newspaper

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