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Pimp Your Pad and THINK SPRING! Great Big Home and Garden Expo Giveaway

I've been a homeowner for over 10 years and it always seems like there is something new to do. These things are normally broken down into those you HAVE to do, and those you WANT to do. Obviously, the want-to-do items are the fun, fabulous things you will do some day when all the have-to-do things are done. But that day never seems to come! Every year I get the itch to do something fun without breaking the bank. And the place I always end up is the Home and Garden Expo. The 3rd annual Expo takes place Saturday, Feb. 4 – Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Cleveland IX Center and features more than 650 exhibitors showcasing the best tips and techniques in gardening, home improvement,cooking, and more. 

The Expo always has lots of inspiration for the home and garden and offers special savings to help make your dreams a reality. Not only does it have hot new products and every kind of home improvement gadget and service, it offers a great escape from the grey Cleveland weather. By February, who isn't fondly remembering their garden, BBQs, flower beds and yes, even mowing the grass. You get to smell actual real FLOWERS and start thinking of spring!

And it's not all yard work and chores. They have a bunch of Classic TV show-themed feature gardens that are a Must See for gardeners and couch potatoes alike. You can escape to a faux beach at "Flipper," party at "Cheers" and get your superhero fix at "Batman" and a whole lot more. They also have celebrity guestsdemonstrations, two log homes, an eco friendly demo home, and a "Project Runway" Fashion Show. There is really something for everyone!

There's even a special cooking stage set up for foodies like you and me and it's hosted by The Loretta Paganini School of Cooking. They will have themed demonstrations by some of Cleveland's favorite chefs. Check out this yummy line up:

· "AMP 150 Favorites” with Jeff Jarrett of AMP 150

· Italian Comfort Food” with Loretta Paganini of Sapore

· Best of Sergio's and Sarava” with Sergio Abramof of Sergio's and Sarava

·  Death by Chocolate” with Stefanie Paganini of the International Culinary Arts & Sciences Institute

·  Best of Umami” with Matthew Anderson of Umami

These are sure to be really fun and delicious! There's even an appearance by Rocco Whalen of Fahrenheit, Rocco's Taco's and Fat Chef. He will present “Easy, Elegant and Entertaining Eats” on the Main Stage Feb. 11 at noon and Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. 

Tickets for the show are normally $14 each but you can save $3 by purchasing them online and another $1 by entering promo code EDCLEVELAND. That's only $10 a ticket! Click HERE to order your tickets. But first, check out this giveaway.

I was really excited when the Great Big Home & Garden Expo contacted me because it's my very first blog giveaway and I get to offer you, my super fantastic readers, a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

This giveaway ends Friday 1/27 at 11:59pm EST. Here's how to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me which chef demo you would most like to see or what TV themed garden you are most excited about. (mandatory 1st entry)

2. Like Great Big Home & Garden Expo
 and Eat*Drink*Cleveland on Facebook. 

3. Follow @EatDrinkClev and @GreatBigShow on Twitter. 

4. Subscribe or add Eat*Drink*Cleveland to your Google reader.

5. Tweet "I want to pimp my pad and THINK SPRING! Enter the @GreatBigShow #giveaway @EatDrinkClev" 

The winner will be selected via and will be announced here on Saturday at noon.

Remember, you must leave a separate comment on this blog for each entry.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided two tickets for myself and two to give away to one of my blog readers. As always, my posts and the opinions expressed are 100% my own.


  1. Love Chef Jeff! He's a great guy! I wanna go! Please pick me LOL
    Kelly Baird

  2. My favorite part of the show is the sales floor. Can't help it. I watch all of the pitches-vegetable slicers, peelers, mops, pots, etc...

  3. Would love to see Rocco Whalen. I see he now has a Rocco's Tacos at Quicken Loans Arena, and the tacos look soooo good! Got my fingers crossed!! Linda Anderson

  4. Stefanie's Paganini looks like one not to miss!

  5. I would love to see Rocco!! Need to support the local chefs :)

  6. I want to see Jeff J of Amp 150! I've heard so many good things about him. My fingers are crossed! Elisabeth Clift

  7. I would love to see “Italian Comfort Food” with Loretta Paganini of Sapore. Took a couple of classes with her and really enjoyed them
    Joy Brunetti


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