Refined: Celebrating food and drink

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Refined is Saturday, February 23, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.Refined is Saturday, February 23, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

By Patricia Nugent

Festival celebrating spirits made only in Ohio, Refined is moving to an expanded venue and inviting more vendors to keep up with demand for local spirits.

“Last March we welcomed hundreds of people, which is pretty cool for a first-time festival,” says Clem Marshall, who is director of the Original Festival Collective, the organization that produces the event. “The feedback was fabulous. People wanted more, so we’ve doubled the number of vendors. The explosive growth of meads and ciders to the market will also be reflected in our vendor selection.”

Refined takes place on Saturday, February 23, at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, from 4 to 9 p.m., with a special VIP early entry at 3:30 p.m. for those who are simply too thirsty to wait.

Attendees can sample our state’s finest liquors, beers, wines, ciders and meads at interactive bars, which include one for Classics, a Pop Culture Bar, as well as a Cat Bar. And those who do not choose to imbibe spirits can hang at the non-alcoholic drink station.

Several Cleveland food trucks will also be on hand to spice up the local flavor.

The highlight of the night will be an auction for some amazing items, donated by the vendors.

“Our festival is a perfect mid-winter tonic for anyone who loves supporting all things local, and trying new and delicious foods and drink,” she says. “It’s a wild time hanging out with friends, listening to awesome music, while giving to a great cause.”

A portion of the proceeds will support Tails From the City, a non-profit, no-kill, all-volunteer cat shelter in Ohio city.

Tickets range from $17-$69, and multi-ticket packages are also available at RefinedCle.com. For more information, call The Original Festival Collective at 216-313-8562, or visit OFCollective.com or on twitter, @co_festival or Facebook. There’s still availability for sponsorship. The Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds is located at 19201 East Bagley Road in Middleburg Heights.

Categories: Westside Food & Dining