Memorial Day Weekend means cookouts and cold beer and the official start of festival season! Woohoo! A few suggestions if you're looking for something tasty to do this weekend:
The folks at the Hills Market grill up 1,000 pounds of salmon every Memorial Day weekend in the parking lot, and then make it into great little salmon sandwiches served with coleslaw and cookies. There's also plenty of cold beer and a live steel drum band! 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Hills Market, 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington, thehillsmarket.com
ICE CREAM FESTIVAL
An old-timey celebration in Utica, home to Velvet Ice Cream Co., runs all weekend, filled with family-friendly fun, like a parade, pony rides, a Little Miss Ice Cream pageant and tons and tons of ice cream. Bonus! Swing by at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to watch me go head to head with 10TV's new anchor Kristyn Hartman and others in a Celebrity Ice Cream Eating Contest! Fun times.
Utica Sertoma, 915 Newark Rd., Utica, uticaoldfashionedicecreamfestival.com
One of the best of the summer festivals foodwise, Asian Fest offers a whole food court of international vendors. Can't miss noshes: Indonesian sate skewers, spicy Chinese homestyle noodles and ice-cold ZenCha tea.
Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., East Side, asianfestival.org