Ohio State Fair Bingo

Everyone knows the real draw of the Ohio State Fair, open July 23 to Aug. 3, is the food, so why not make a game of it?

One Essential Sauce to Seek at Jazz & Rib Fest

As Minnesota-based barbecuers Jon and Kristy Bigalk tell it, the secret behind a great sauce is patience. Take their all-natural, gluten-free Sweet Kristy’s Sauce, for example, which took seven years and hundreds of hours of tasting to perfect. Their diligence more than paid off, as their creation earned first-place honors for best sauce at the Minneapolis Grill Fest and Columbus Jazz & Rib Fest in 2012.

What to Drink at the Ohio Wine Festival

This year’s Ohio Wine Festival at the North Market (July 12 to 14) will feature nearly two dozen Ohio wineries and their best wares—meaning there will be more than 100 bottles from which to choose. No worries: We consulted Matt Citriglia, the only master sommelier in Columbus, to recommend can’t-miss pours for every palate. northmarket.com

Where to Catch Central Ohio’s Best Fireworks Displays

Red, White & Boom

Three Questions with Legendary Singer-Songwriter Joe Ely

Catch Ely and his Tex-Mex country-rock stylings June 8 at The Grand Valley Dale Ballroom.