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Cheers! 6 boozy festivals to attend this summer

614now Staff



Every good festival has a beer, wine, and cocktail tent. But then there are the fests that exist solely to celebrating booze, and these are the ones we’re here for. Scroll down for all of the Columbus summer events that aren’t afraid to put adult beverages at the center of their festivities.

Columbus Food & Wine Festival | Battelle Riverfront Park
Friday June 21- Saturday June 22, 2019

The 2nd Annual Columbus Food & Wine Festival is back this weekend for the hottest way to cool down on the riverfront. This free festival will feature wine tastings from wineries across the country, live performances, and the best food the Midwest has to offer.

Ohio Wings & Beer Festival | Ohio Expo Center
Saturday, Jun 22 from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

The two best things are finally being combined into one place: beer and wings. This sold-out event will allow guests to sample some great beers and awesome wings, meet the people behind your favorite places, and help decide who has the best wings and is brewing the best beer in 2019.

Gin Jam | Watershed Distillery
Saturday, June 22 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Watershed will be closing down the street in front of the distillery for a big block party featuring specialty cocktails and MadTree beers plus food from Watershed Kitchen & Bar, live music, and the inaugural Gin Jam .5K, a half kilometer test of speed and endurance. The whole event is family (and pup) friendly and free to attend!


Ohio Wine Fest | North Market
Friday, July 12- Saturday, July 13

Now in it’s 18th year, North Market has once again gathered a collection of the finest Ohio wineries for the North Market Ohio Wine Festival presented by Byers. $25 = admission both days! All Event Admission tickets include all activities as well as a souvenir glass, 10 tasting tickets, and a $5 North Market Food Voucher to spend with a North Market Merchant. Tickets are now on sale at!

Columbus Summer Beerfest | Express LIVE!
Saturday, August 24 from 1:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Beer is good. We must celebrate beer. Everyone’s favorite booze fest is back for another year at Express LIVE indoor + outdoor. Get ready for the huge selection of hundreds of Craft Beers from breweries that are down the street and around the country! Plenty of great local food trucks! Live Bands! And you’re drinking for a great cause: The Animal Rescue Partners and their incredible partners IHADRO.

Columbus Summer Wine Festival | Columbus Commons
Saturday August 24 from 2:00 PM- 10:00 PM

Raise your wine glass to the amazing Ohio wineries that keep us quenched and maybe even a little tipsy. Wine sampling tickets start at $20 and will include samplings and entertainment. More than a dozen Ohio wineries confirmed! The day-long celebration will also feature artisan exhibits, food trucks, specialty food items, and live musical entertainment.

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Five places to snag a donut today




Forgetting about Memorial Day isn’t as much a sign of how irrelevant the calendar has become as compared to this following anecdote from a cherished local business. 

When talking to the owner of Buckeye Donuts about its National Donut Day plans, it didn’t dawn on him until a few days ago that he needed to start preparing for the holiday. Now, Buckeye Donuts is more than prepared, assuming a 10 p.m. curfew, which will keep the 24/7 campus spot from operating out of its original pocket.

The following list consists of five places where you can get your donut fix on Friday.

Buckeye Donuts

A local and campus establishment for 51 years, Buckeye Donuts will again be pulling out all the stops; that is, as much as they can. Being a 24-7 establishment, Buckeye Donuts has layers of bakers on deck prepared to do big bakes every eight or so hours with all sorts of varieties and specialities to indulge in.

Duck Donuts

Duck Donuts wants to promote kindness throughout the community this Friday. Whatever way you order, you’ll be treated to a free cinnamon sugar donut, at participating locations.

Amy’s Donuts

No purchase necessary, Amy’s Donuts is offering a free bag of cake donut holes, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Doughnuts

Stop by any participating Dunkin’ and you’ll be given a free donut with any beverage purchase.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

All week Krispy Kreme has been spreading donut kindness. If you place an order with them today, you'll receive a free donut. The promo started on June 1.

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National Cognac Day: with a Royal Twist





Happy National Cognac Day! We partnered up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to present to you... the Royal Sazerac! Ben has shown us a thing or two about making speciality cocktails - today he's making the Royal Sazerac, fit for a King and/or Queen.

The Royal Sazerac is well-known in the cocktail world as America's first cocktail. Also known as New Orleans' official cocktail, Remy Cointreau stands out offering its aromatic richness - making the Royal Sazerac an outstanding premium cocktail.

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Condado Tacos open in select locations after closing its doors Tuesday




Condado Tacos is open once again after closing its doors to the public Tuesday following an employee walkout Monday night. Polaris and Clintonville locations remain closed until further notice.

Employees at the Polaris location walked out Monday after refusing to fulfill a catering order by the Ohio Highway Patrol, according to a press release from Condado Tacos Wednesday. The employees who walked out were given the opportunity to not work on the order, without repercussion, if they didn’t feel comfortable, according to a statement provided by Linda Powers, Condado Tacos director of marketing.

The order by the Highway Patrol was placed at the Condado Tacos Polaris location on the fifth-straight day of George Floyd protests in Columbus. Floyd’s death was ruled a homicide following an incident where a Minneapolis police officer placed deadly force on Floyd’s neck with his knee. The incident has sparked protests across the country, including Columbus.

After reaching out to Condado’s PR agency over email, the contact stated that their team has “parted ways” with the business. 

Wednesday’s statement by Condado says they “value different points of view,” but, “choosing not to serve a particular group, in this case law enforcement officers, in itself is discrimination and goes against our core values to welcome and serve everyone.”

Read the full statement here.

Read Tuesday evening’s two-part post on Condado’s Facebook page below:

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