Come taste the freshest food grown by Cleveland's youth!

We pair local chefs with youth gardens for a tasting competition and fresh food celebration.

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Thank you Green Paper Products for donating fully compostable plates, cups, napkins and utensils. We are having the Rust Belt Riders take all of our compost to a composting facility. Go GREEN! 

This will be a ZERO WASTE event.

Zero waste refers to the diversion of waste from the landfill through recycling, composting, reducing, reusing, and upcycling. A zero waste event, such as Freshtoberfest, strives to reduce waste generated and capture as much as possible for composting or recycling. An event is thought of as zero waste if it diverts 90% or more of its waste from the landfill. For more information contact Cathi Lehn ( with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

Calling all foodies!

Chefs are paired with youth gardens to compete for the best taste, presentation and educational impact.

Cast your VOTES to decide who has the freshest taste, presentation, and educational impact!

Our Mission

We motivate and empower youth to grow fresh food in their neighborhood or school garden and challenge them to become creative, healthy leaders.

Fresh Food Hip-hop?

Also, hear the freshly created hip-hop songs from the FRESHTOBERFEST 2015 Compilation CD recorded by Cleveland youth that educate and motivate us to eat and live FRESH!

How This Works

We found local chefs who are passionate about empowering youth to grow fresh and eat fresh. We paired them up with youth gardens to help students prepare the food grown in their own community or school garden. At a few of these gardens, Dee Jay Doc and the Fresh Camp helped students create songs about their gardening experience that would motivate others to eat FRESH, live FRESH and be FRESH!


Register for FREE or become a supporter here.



Friday, September 18th
5:30pm Doors Open
6:00pm Tasting
7:30pm Concert and Awards
8:30pm Conclude


Hosted at Tri-C's Hospitality Managment Center
180 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44114


Raffle/Silent Auction

Local chefs help youth gardens prepare their produce for a tasting competition. Fill your tummy with healthy goodness and cast your vote.