The people of Greater Columbus have never stopped loving food and wine, but the Columbus Food and Wine Festival has been put on hiatus during the pandemic.
Fear not, foodies and wine connoisseurs: the popular festival is set to return near Goodale Park on Friday and Saturday.
“We’re excited to bring it back,” said co-founder Trish Wright. “We got a lot of good responses.”
The festival is free, although special events are chargeable. Wine packages are also available. Here are the details for this year’s event. For more information, special event tickets and a full program, visit www.columbusfoodwine.com
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When does the Columbus Food and Wine Festival start?
The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. on Friday and Saturday near Goodale Park, Goodale Avenue between Park Street and Dennison Avenue.
What to drink, what to eat
While not having a huge footprint, the festival will provide a solid sampling of offerings from area wineries and dining venues. “It will be 6-8 wineries, … as well as five different dining options,” Wright said. Local chefs will also give demonstrations.
What to listen to
While you sip or snack, guest artists will be on hand, including Dommy Styles at 8:30 p.m. Friday and the Jimmy McGee Band at 9 p.m.
Several special events will pair music with things to taste. On Friday, “Rock n’ Reds” will combine soaring chocolate and red wine with the music of rock band The Body Aches. On Saturday, “Soul & Sangria” will mix soul music with Southern Recipe Small Batch pork rinds and sangria cocktails. Also on Saturday, “Birthday Cake & Bubbly” will serve birthday cake and champagne flights while a DJ mixes music. Each of the special events costs $49.99.
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And the children?
In a special children’s event, “Storytime + Shortcakes,” at 11 a.m. Saturday, will feature story time as well as bakery shortcakes. Children will also learn to make their own shortbread.
Where to park
The easiest place to park is in the garage at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Wright said. “That would probably be the closest and most convenient,” she said. There are also surfaces and spaces available nearby. Participants can use the LAZ parking app for assistance, https://lazparking.com/app.
What to bring (or not)
Customers can bring lawn chairs, but coolers or large bags are not permitted, Wright said. You can buy alcoholic beverages but you cannot bring your own.
What if it rains?
The festival will continue rain or shine, Wright said.