Yesterday, I went to the Fabulous Food show at the IX Center in Cleveland. And it was truly FABULOUS. All I could think was “Wow, this is a hell of a lot better than the really lame Home & Garden show they put on every year.â€
I went once to the Home and Garden show and was furious by the time I left. Not only was the ticket $20+ and parking was $8 (And since the IX center is in the middle of nowhere there is NOWHERE else to park), but there were hardly any demonstrations or presentations and booth after booth was filled with As Seen On TV ilk. I dare say that even Ron Popeil would have been ashamed. After that wallet emptying experience, I swore never to attend again.
I was a bit leery of the Fabulous Food show. After all, I still had to pay $20+ and I still had to pay $8 for parking. But Alton Brown was going to be there and I figured that even if the showfloor was a bust, seeing Alton Brown live was worth the money. It turned out that AB was just a bonus. Everything there was worth the money. Even the $8 parking. There were demonstrations galore. Wine tastings. Every booth was nice and had free samples.
Why is it that gardening gets treated like chopped liver and food gets treated like filet mignon (I mean beyond the obvious)? Gardening just does not seem to get any respect these days.