Central Ohio Foodie Events: Fall 2015 Calendar

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

August

5 Wednesday Originals

Multiple locations

Participating Dine Originals restaurants offer special dining experiences the first Wednesday of each month, ranging from tastings to themed wine dinners. dineoriginalscolumbus.com

5 First Wednesday Wine Dinner

The Worthington Inn

On the first Wednesday of every month, The Worthington Inn offers a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Advance tickets are $65 per person. worthingtoninn.com

8 Moonlight Market

Gay Street, between High and Third

Starting at 6 p.m. every second Saturday of every month, dozens of local vendors line Gay Street for an evening of shopping under the stars. moonlightmarketcolumbus.com

11 Taste the Future

Columbus State Community College

This annual fundraiser features dozens of the region's finest culinary offerings, supporting student scholarships at Columbus State Community College. tasteofthefuture.com

14 Downtown Drive-In, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

North Market

Stop by the North Market plaza at sundown for a retro movie experience. Tickets are $18 for vehicles, $5 for pedestrians, with market merchants offering concessions. northmarket.com

14-16 Food Truck Festival

Columbus Commons

More than 50 local and regional food trucks will line the Commons for this annual extravaganza, Aug. 14 to 16, which also features live music and art and crafts vendors. columbuscommons.org

20 Caymus & Cookouts Wine Dinner

Spagio

Spagio's monthly wine dinners feature five courses with five wine pairings. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. spagio.com

21 Craft Brew at the Zoo

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

This sip-and-stroll-style event features more than 50 craft beers. A VIP option is also available with access to limited-releases from Columbus Brewing Co., Rockmill Brewery, New Belgium Brewing Co. and more. The event runs from 7 to 11 p.m., and tickets include all-day zoo access. columbuszoo.org

22 Tea 43206

German Village Guest House

Tea, wine, hors d'oeuvres and pastries will be served to all who arrive at this benefit gala in their best garden party attire. This year's event will feature live music, a silent auction and a best hat contest. germanvillage.com

22 Orin Swift Cellars, Dave Phinney and The Prisoner Wine Company

Wine Dinner

Spagio's monthly wine dinners feature five courses with five wine pairings. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. spagio.com

28 Field to Table

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

This annual event, presented by the conservatory's Women's Board, promises garden-inspired apps, cocktails and a candlelit dinner. Proceeds benefit the conservatory's community gardening efforts. fpconservatory.org

28 Fete En Blanc Columbus

The fifth annual "picnic with a purpose" will take place at a mystery venue revealed the day of the event. Simply buy tickets, pack a picnic and dress in your best whites. The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. feteenblanc.wordpress.com

28- Sept. 4 Crave Chef's Menu

During this weeklong celebration, Aug. 28 to Sept. 4, of the best that Central Ohio has to offer, restaurants will offer tasting menus, showcasing the chefs' culinary personalities. The promotion benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank. columbuscrave.com/chefsmenu

September

2 Wednesday Originals

Participating Dine Originals restaurants offer special dining experiences the first Wednesday of each month, ranging from tastings to themed wine dinners. dineoriginalscolumbus.com

2 First Wednesday Wine Dinner

The Worthington Inn

On the first Wednesday of every month, The Worthington Inn offers a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Advance tickets are $65 per person. worthingtoninn.com

7 Ohio Hog Roast

The Hills Market Worthington

For this Labor Day tradition, The Hills smokes a whole Ohio hog for pulled pork sandwiches accompanied by live bluegrass music. A vegetarian option, a roasted portobello sandwich, will also be available. Event runs from 11:30 to 3:30 p.m. No reservations required. thehillsmarket.com

10 Incredible Wines of Italy Wine Dinner

Spagio's monthly wine dinners feature five courses with five wine pairings. Dinner is at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. spagio.com

11-12 Ohio Craft Brew Festival

North Market

Enjoy beers from Ohio's growing microbrewery scene Sept. 11 to 12, including Barley's Brewing Co., Wolf's Ridge Brewing and Seventh Son Brewing Co. northmarket.com

12 Moonlight Market

Gay Street, between High and Third

Starting at 6 p.m. every second Saturday of every month, dozens of local vendors line Gay Street for an evening of shopping under the stars. moonlightmarketcolumbus.com

October

5 Taste of Italy

Italian Village

Authentic Italian dishes are served in the Italian Village neighborhood, along with wine, beer and spirits. The event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the event. This precedes the Italian Festival, held Oct. 9 to 11. columbusitalianfestival.com

7 Wednesday Originals

Participating Dine Originals restaurants offer special dining experiences the first Wednesday of each month, ranging from tastings to themed wine dinners. dineoriginalscolumbus.com

7 First Wednesday Wine Dinner

The Worthington Inn

On the first Wednesday of every month, The Worthington Inn offers a four-course dinner with wine pairings. Advance tickets are $65 per person. worthingtoninn.com

9-11 Columbus Italian Festival

Corner of East Lincoln and Hamlet streets

Sample the city's best Italian eats Oct. 9-11, while strolling through Italian Village. Tickets are $5 at the gate, and kids under 12 are free with paid adult admission. Entertainment includes Elio Scaccio, Tre Bella and the John Schwab Band. columbusitalianfestival.com

10 Moonlight Market

Gay Street, between High and Third

Starting at 6 p.m. every second Saturday of every month, dozens of local vendors line Gay Street for an evening of shopping under the stars. This is the final market of the year. moonlightmarketcolumbus.com

13 Tastes of the Midwest

Gallerie Bistro & Bar

For this Slow Food Columbus fundraiser, some of the city's most talented chefs craft original and nostalgic dishes that explore and challenge the definition of Midwestern cuisine. slowfoodcolumbus.org

25 Halloween Family Funday

North Market

This family-friendly market event features trick-or-treating and activities. northmarket.com

September 25-27 Columbus Oktoberfest

If you would have asked Carla Epler about Columbus Oktoberfest six years ago, the director of operations for Schmidt's would have described its future as uncertain, at best. The annual celebration of the city's German culture bounced from location to location before the German Village Society voted to cancel the event altogether in 2009. That's when Schmidt's came to the rescue and permanently moved the fest to the Ohio Expo Center and neighboring fairgrounds, where it will celebrate its 50th anniversary this September.

Spread across 100,000 square feet of covered pavilions, you'll find funnel cakes, Reubens, brats and more from over a dozen vendors such as Schmidt's, DK Diner and Juergens Bakery. New this year is a craft beer garden, Epler says, featuring Oktoberfest-style brews from the likes of Brooklyn Brewery and Thirsty Dog. The Giant Eagle Marketplace Pavilion will also feature more than 80 arts and crafts exhibitors

Those interested in the annual Brat Trot (held Friday, Sept. 25 at 6:15 p.m.) should sign up no later than the first week of September, Epler says. "The incentive is that you get a beer, a sausage and a T-shirt at the end," Epler says. Brat Trot tickets are $45 through Sept. 24 and $50 on race day, if still available.

Oktoberfest parking costs $10, but event admission is free, with food and beverage tickets sold in reams of 10 for $10 each. A portion of those ticket sales benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank; last year's donation provided 20,000 meals, Epler says. columbusoktoberfest.com -Anthony Dominic