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North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival 2011

For the tenth year, the North Market has gathered a collection of Ohio’s finest wineries to celebrate fine local cuisine and vino at the North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival Presented by PNC. The festival will take place the weekend of July 8-10. Sponsoring organizations include PNC Bank, Ohio Grape Industries, Master CleanColumbus Alive, Columbus Crave, Ohio Magazine and YELP.

The Food & Ohio Wine Festival will kick-off on Friday night with a special preview party from 7-10 p.m. Tickets to the event are $20 and include a commemorative wine glass, 10 tasting tickets and $5 in Market bucks to spend with market merchants. Proceeds benefit the historic North Market. Columbus celebrities will serve as guest pourers for the wineries. Taking the stage Friday night will be Columbus natives Grace Adele and her Grand Band. The group will be visiting from Nashville where they are endeavoring to break into the music business.

The following wineries from around Ohio will offer select wines by the 2 oz. taste ($1.00 to $4.00 each), glass, bottle and case: Brothers’ Drake Meadery, Columbus; Chalet Debonne Vineyard, Madison; Ferrante Winery, Geneva; Firelands Winery, Sandusky; Henke Winery, Cincinnati; Laurello Vineyards, Geneva; Maize Valley Winery, Hartville; Markko Vineyard, Conneaut; Meranda-Nixon Winery, Ripley; Mon Ami Winery, Port Clinton; Raven’s Glenn Winery, West Lafayette; Soine Vineyards, Powell; St. Joseph Vineyards, Thompson; Stoney Ridge Winery, Bryan; Troutman Vineyards, Wooster; The Winery at Wolf Creek, Norton; Valley Vineyards, Morrow; Viking Vineyard, Kent and Wyandotte Winery, Columbus.

Throughout the weekend there will be live music on two stages and cooking demonstrations. Chefs from local restaurants and North Market merchants will conduct the demonstrations and samplings. Additional activities include the Saturday Farmers Market and a Sunday marketplace featuring local artisans and Ohio Proud vendors.

“The quest to shop locally and eat locally has now moved to drink locally,” said David Wible, Executive Director of the North Market. “The Ohio wine makers that will be in attendance at the festival are the leaders in the Ohio wine movement. You’ll find an amazing selection and depth of quality, and you’ll be supporting yet another locally-based movement. The weekend will provide the perfect opportunity to sample, learn and purchase great wines made right here in Ohio.”

Festival hours are Friday, July 8, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 9, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 12 – 6 p.m. Preview Party admission is $20. Saturday and Sunday admission is free. A $5 tasting fee on Saturday and Sunday includes a souvenir glass with tasting tickets available for purchase in any quantity for $.50 apiece. For additional information on the North Market Food and Ohio Wine Festival, please call 614-463-9664.
North Market Food and Ohio Wine Festival Presented by PNC Bank
Schedule of Activities

Friday, July 8th – Admission $20 (includes souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets, $5 North Market certificate)
Festival Hours, 7–10 p.m.
• 7-10 p.m. Ohio Wineries open for tasting, North Market remains open
• 7-10 p.m. Meet the winemakers, celebrity wine pourers, music by Grace Adele and her Grand Band

Saturday, July 9th – Tasting admission $5 (includes souvenir glass)
Festival Hours, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
• 8 a.m., North Market merchants and Farmers Market, open for business
• 9 a.m.-11 a.m., music by Slate Ridge on the porch
• 11 a.m., Ohio wineries open for tasting
• 10 a.m.-12 p.m., music by Island Breeze on the Spruce Street stage
• 11 a.m.-4 p.m., face painting
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., music by Loosely Strung on the porch
• 11 a.m., culinary demonstration by John Hard of CaJohns Flavor & Fire
• 12 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA
• 12-2 p.m., music by Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folks on the Spruce Street stage
• 1 p.m.-3 p.m., music by Miss Molly on the porch
• 1 p.m.-4p.m., Mark Wood Cowboy Fun Show
• 1 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA
• 2 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA
• 2-4 p.m., music by Gipson and Fitz on the Spruce Street stage
• 3 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA
• 3-5 p.m., music by Grace Adele on the porch
• 4 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA
• 4-7 p.m., music by Willie Phoenix on the Spruce Street stage
• 5-7 p.m., music by Joey Hebdo on the porch

Sunday, July 10th – Tasting admission $5 (includes souvenir glass)
Festival Hours, 12–6 p.m.
• 12 p.m., North Market merchants, Ohio Proud and Artisan Market open for business and wineries open for tasting • 12-2 p.m., music by Grace Adele on the Spruce Street Stage • 12-2 p.m., music by Miss Molly on the porch • 1 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA • 1 p.m.–3 p.m., JoyUnspeakable, the living statue as the god of wine • 12–5 p.m., face painting • 2 – 4 p.m., CD101 prize wheel, you spin, you win! • 2 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA • 2-4 p.m., music by Ira Chaiffetz on the porch • 2-4 p.m., music by Island Breeze on the Spruce Street stage • 3 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBA • 4–6 p.m., music by Eileen Howard Jazz Trio on the Spruce Street Stage • 4 p.m., culinary demonstration by  TBA • 4–6 p.m., music by the Shaw Brothers on the porch

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