Nature Center at Shaker Lakes hosts 8th annual Pestival on April 12

Pestival, the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes' most unique event, will be held on Friday, April 12 from 6–9 p.m. at the Nature Center, 2600 South Park Blvd. This annual cocktail-style reception features delicacies made by local chefs from the invasive, but edible, garlic mustard pulled from the Nature Center grounds.

The event combines successful land management with creative cuisine, and will feature food prepared by chefs from local restaurants, including Coquette Patisserie, fire food and drink, The Greenhouse Tavern, J. Pistone Market and Gathering Place, Mackenzie Creamery, Radius Restaurant, SASA and Umami.

Pestival begins with a limited-availability, VIP hour from 6–7 p.m. General admission is from 7–9 p.m.

“We are thrilled to have many wonderful chefs return this year, as well as the opportunity to welcome a few new chefs to this fun evening at the Nature Center,” said Denise Dixon, Pestival chairwoman and longtime Nature Center volunteer. “Pestival is one of our most popular events."

Once introduced, garlic mustard out-competes native plants by aggressively monopolizing light, moisture, nutrients, soil and space. Pestival helps educate the community about the threat this invasive species poses to native plants and animals.

VIP reservations are $85; general admission is $60. Reservations are required and should be made early for this always-sold-out event by calling the Nature Center at 216-321-5935 or visiting

Lisa Fredrickson

Lisa Frederickson is the media and event manager for the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

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