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North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival 2013

north market food and wine festival

Photo by Mike Beaumont

For the twelfth year, the North Market has gathered a collection of Ohio’s finest wineries to celebrate fine local cuisine and wine at the North Market Food & Ohio Wine Festival Presented by PNC. The festival will take place the weekend of July 12-14. Sponsoring organizations include PNC, Ohio Grape Industries, Ohio Lamb Jam, Master Clean, Ohio Magazine, Columbus Crave Magazine and Yelp Columbus.

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 $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, 20 tasting tickets (that are redeemable all weekend) and a $5 food certificate 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 to get the crowd dancing will be Blues Hippy (a Willie Phoenix production).

The following wineries from around Ohio will offer select wines by the 2 oz. taste ($1.00 cents to $4.00 each), glass, bottle and case: Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus; Chalet Debonne Vineyard, Madison; Eldcrist Winery, Plain City; Ferrante Winery, Geneva; Firelands Winery, Sandusky; Henke Winery, Cincinnati; Laurello Vineyards, Geneva; Maize Valley Winery, Hartville; Markko Vineyard, Conneaut; Meier Wine Cellars, Cincinnati; Meranda-Nixon Winery, Ripley; Raven’s Glenn Winery, West Lafayette; Soine Vineyards, Powell; St. Joseph Vineyards, Thompson; Stoney Ridge Winery, Bryan; Troutman Vineyards, Wooster; The Winery at Versailles,Versailles; 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. On Saturday, Chefs from local restaurants and North Market merchants will conduct cooking demonstrations and samplings. On Sunday we are excited to share the return of the Ohio Lamb Jam. Delicious, American raised lamb prepared by some of the top chefs in Ohio will be the feature of the Ohio Lamb Jam competition on July 14th. Attendees can stop by for free lamb samples and recipes, while watching these skilled chefs in action. The event begins at 12:00 p.m., as celebrity judges will evaluate the lamb dishes. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to stop by this family friendly activity to sample and learn about lamb. Additional activities include the Saturday Farmers Market and a Sunday marketplace featuring local artisans and Ohio Proud vendors.

“We will serve no Ohio wine until it’s time,” said Rick Wolfe, Executive Director of the North Market. “And the time is July 12-14 at the North Market. We are happy to host twenty-one of Ohio’s outstanding wineries at the North Market for a weekend of sampling, engaging with Ohio winemakers and, hopefully taking some of their fabulous vintages home.”

Festival hours are Friday, July 12, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 12 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 14, 12 – 6 p.m. Preview Party admission is $25. During Wine Festival Weekend, as always, visiting the North Market is free (except for buying whatever fabulous foods you find you can’t live without). A $15 tasting fee on Saturday and Sunday includes a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and a $5 food certificate to spend with market merchants. Additional tasting tickets will be 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 or visit www.northmarket.com

North Market Food and Ohio Wine Festival Presented by PNC Bank
Schedule of Activities

Friday, July 12th – Admission $25 (includes souvenir glass, 20 tasting tickets, $5 North Market food 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 Blues Hippy

Saturday, July 13th– Tasting admission $15 (includes souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and $5 food certificate)
Festival Hours, 12–9 p.m.

• 8 a.m., North Market merchants and Farmers Market, open for business
• 9 a.m.-11 a.m., music by Ira Chaiffetz on the porch
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., face painting
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., music by Slate Ridge on the porch
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., music by Gipson and Fitz on the Spruce Street stage
• 12 p.m., Ohio wineries open for tasting
• 12 p.m., culinary demonstration culinary demonstration by Chef Chuck Johnson ofThe Cooking Caravan
• 1 p.m.-3 p.m., music by Miss Molly on the porch
• 1 p.m.-3 p.m., music by Island Breeze on the Spruce Street stage
• 1 p.m., culinary demonstration by Chef Janel Hedgepeth, Latitude 41
• 2 p.m., culinary demonstration by Chef Henry Butcher, Creole Kitchen
• 3-5 p.m., music by Angela Perley on the porch
• 3-5 p.m., music by Burnt Matches on the Spruce Street stage
• 3 p.m., culinary demonstration by TBD
• 4 p.m., culinary demonstration by Chef Magdiale Wolmark, Till dynamic fare
• 5-7 p.m., music by the Ken Weaver Trio on the Spruce Street stage
• 5-7 p.m., music by Dan Heidt on the porch
• 7-9 p.m., music on the porch TBD

Sunday, July 14th- Tasting admission $15 (includes souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets and $5 food certificate)
Festival Hours, 12 –6 p.m.

• 12 p.m., North Market merchants, Wineries, Ohio Proud and Artisan Market open for business
• 12-2 p.m., Mark Wood Cowboy Fun Show
• 12-2 p.m., music by Gipson and Fitz on the porch
• 12-2 p.m., music by Island Breeze on the Spruce Street Stage
• 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ohio Lamb Jam in the cooking demonstration tent
• 2 – 4 p.m., CD102.5 prize wheel, you spin, you win!
• 2-4 p.m., music by the Folkwood Players on the porch
• 2-4 p.m., music by Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk on the Spruce Street stage
• 4–6 p.m., music by Fran Litterski on the porch
• 4–6 p.m., music by Eileen Howard Jazz Trio on the Spruce Street Stage

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