Fifty years of Cleveland Orchestra concerts at Blossom Music Center is such a big cause for celebration, the milestone will be feted with “A Symphony of Food and Fine Wine” benefit July 13, hosted by Blossom Friends of the Cleveland Orchestra.

The garden-to-table dinner will feature fare by chefs Rick Carson and David Holland of Nosh Eatery and Creative Catering in Hudson; Roger Thomas of Viceroy L’Ermitage in Beverly Hills, Calif.; Lauren Shaffer of Luna Bakery & Café in Cleveland; and Zach Hirt of Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar in Cleveland and Akron. Local and organic farms featured on the menu are Trapp Family Farms, Brunty Farms, Nosh Farm, Bluebird Meadows Farm, Aurora Springs Honey and Tea Hills Farm.

The multicourse feast will be paired with wines presented by Bodegas Fusion of Spain, Cast Wines from California’s Sonoma County, CLE Urban Winery of Cleveland and Treasure Hunter from California and Washington. Online bidding for a fine wine auction also will begin at 9 a.m. July 6 and close at 9:15 p.m. July 13. See https://blossomf2018.ggo.bid.

The benefit evening will include a special performance of Mozart’s Flute Quartet by members of the Cleveland Orchestra — Joshua Smith on flute, Amy Lee Rosenwein on violin, Tanya Ell Woolfrey on cello and Joanna Patterson Zakany on viola.

Cost for individual tickets is $250, $350 for patrons. Sponsorship levels are also available. Reservation deadline is July 6. See https://bit.ly/2yzicv3.

The event, which will be held at Blossom in the pavilion and on the stage, will begin at 6 p.m. July 13. Honorary event chairs are Peter van Dijk, the renowned Cleveland architect who designed the acoustically acclaimed Blossom Pavilion, and his wife, Bobbi.

If the big-ticket gala isn’t your thing, Blossom Festival-goers can enter their own gourmet picnics in a free contest July 15 at the Schumann “Spring Symphony” concert. Participants can set up their spreads on the lawn as early as 4:30 p.m. and judging will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Judges, who will include local celebrities and members of the Cleveland Orchestra, will evaluate the feasts based on presentation, taste and creativity. Yes, be prepared to share a plate with the judges!

Two winners — for best presentation and best food — will be announced during intermission through the orchestra’s social media accounts. Those who enter the contest will receive one free lawn ticket to the July 15 concert (limit of one per household). Check-in will be across from the information center. Each competitor will receive a numbered balloon for the lawn.

Picnic contest winners will receive a pair of tickets to a Cleveland Orchestra concert at Severance Hall for the 2018-2019 season. To register by 11:59 p.m. July 12, see http://bit.ly/blossompicnic2018.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com. Like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj or follow her on Twitter @KerryClawsonABJ.