Now in it’s ninth year, the Columbus Food and Wine affair is perhaps the most well-known wine event in Central Ohio – often when I discuss an upcoming wine festival (and there are several, in case Drink Up hasn’t enlightened you), people assume I’m referencing this one. Well, hey, I finally am!
This year, the Grand Tasting at Franklin Park Conservatory looks to welcome pourings from more than 200 wineries and vineyards and more than 45 area restaurants including Martini’s, Columbus Fish Market, Barcelona and Basi Italia. Wineries and restaurants are woven throughout the grounds of the conservatory, intermingled with retailers, artists and musicians.
While the Grand Tasting is the most known and attended, the Columbus Food & Wine Affair spans a series of events, with the Wine Competition, one of the largest in the midwest, taking place August 20th. All wines to be poured at the 2011 Grand Tasting were entered into the competition, and those awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medallions will be announced at the Grand Tasting. The Food & Wine Affair continues past the Grand Tasting, too – events “Food & RE-Wine’d” and “Food & UN-Wine” are slated to take place the week after.
Grand Tasting tickets are $125 and can be purchased online. There are also a limited number of Discover Hospitality + Grand tasting tickets available for $195, which include early site entrance, valet parking, a champagne reception and a reserved garden seating area.
A portion of the Grand Tasting proceeds will benefit the CORA Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, 10TV Family Fund, Columbus College of Art & Design and Mid-Ohio Food Bank. The event has raised over $350,000 for local charities in the past eight years.
The Grand Tasting takes place Friday, September 23 from 6-10:30 pm at Franklin Park Conservatory (1777 East Broad Street.) For more information, visit http://foodandwineaffair.com