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614NOW Survival Guide: Taco Fest 2019

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The 2019 Taco Fest is set to kick off this weekend at Genoa Park and before you eat yourself 10 lbs. heavier from all those tortillas, the coordinators and presenters of the festival put together a quick digital pamphlet to working your way through the madness.

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Last year’s Taco Fest saw more than 30,000 visitors and the organizers heard those concerns, and is hoping to address them this year. With the hype being just as big this year, here’s how you can survive the sometimes long lines and large crowds.

The second annual Taco Fest is going down this Saturday, May 18 at Genoa Park. Below is a list of food vendors:

  • BARROLUCO ARGENTINE COMFORT FOOD 
  • BIG BAMBOO CARIBBEAN GRILL 
  • BITE ME 
  • CARIBE SUR 
  • CAZUELAS MEXICAN GRILL 
  • EL SABOR STREET FOOD 
  • EL SAZON LATIN STREET FOOD 
  • GLAZED CHURRO BAR 
  • GESS WHO TACOS 
  • HOLY TACO FOOD TRUCK
  • J-POPS 
  • MAYA BURRITO CO 
  • MI TRADICION TO GO 
  • SI SEÑOR TACO 
  • SI SEÑOR TACO II 
  • SWEET TOOTH 
  • TACOMANIA 
  • TAQUITOS TRUCK 
  • THE BURRITO BUS 
  • THE FUNKY TRUCKERIA 
  • THE WICKED LOBSTAH 
  • TORTILLA STREET FOOD

Visit columbustacofest.com for more information.

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Rye In July: The Ward 8

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We partnered with Brown-Forman, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey, and local bartender Ben Griest from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring a fun twist to your summer cocktails. Rye in July is your go-to weekly drink feature to make while stuck at home for ideas of cocktails. We are featuring The Ward 8 in today's video! This thirst-quenching, summer-ready fresh cocktail is what you need on a hot day like today!

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Barrels, get your whiskey barrels here!

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Middle West Spirits has just announced a new sale program to unload their growing surplus of whiskey barrels. Barrels will be available for pickup and sale from their warehouse, 470 E. Starr Ave., Sat., July 18,  8 a.m. to noon.

Middle West will sell 30-gallon and 53-gallon barrels for $50 and $75 respectively. You may also pick up barrel staves for $3. 

The barrels for sale were used for either bourbon, rye, or wheat whiskey, and the barrel type can be specified upon purchase. 

Whiskey barrels, and bourbon barrels, in particular, have a long history of reuse in spirit aging internationally. This is a wonderful opportunity for home distillers to snag a barrel for their own experimentation. 

And if your skills lie outside of the world of homebrewing, there are more than enough craft possibilities in one of these recycled barrels.. With projects ranging from bars, to chairs and tables, the DIY-er will have endless options for creativity. 

Barrels will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and can also be reserved by emailing the barrel size and whiskey type to [email protected]

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Westerville’s Wine Bistro has a new name—reopens Thursday with makeover

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Even though City Brands announced that the Wine Bistro in Worthington wouldn’t be returning, there were initial rumors that the Westerville location also wouldn’t be making a comeback.

Original reports were wrong, and City Brands announced the return of the Westerville Wine Bistro, 925 N. State St.,on July 9 after a light remodel. You can find the (614) report on the City Brands reopenings and closings here.

The remodeling isn’t the only thing that’s going to be new about the Wine Bistro in Westerville, though. Or as we should we say now, NAPA Kitchen + Bar. With locations  in Westerville, Dublin, and Montgomery, Ohio,  NAPA Kitchen + Bar is a sister concept to The Wine Bistro.

“We feel the NAPA Kitchen + Bar concept will really appeal to a wide range of guests in Westerville. We wanted to undertake this conversion for quite a while but never found the right time to close down for the renovations,” Tim Rollins, President of The Metropolitan Companies and owner of NAPA kitchen + bar, said in a press release on Thursday.

The restaurant will be open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.

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