I'm going to start off with a disclaimer: I'm a pescetarian (I eat seafood, but not other meat.) You'd think that would make the Jazz and Ribs Fest (July 22-24) low on my list of favorite summer festivals, but you'd be very wrong! There's so much energy in this event that it's hard to stay away - even if I'm grabbing a fresh squeezed cup of lemonade rather than a rack of ribs.
Set at North Bank Park and McPherson Commons in the Arena District, it's a great place to spend a summer day. This year, the festival is even more special, because it's the first big event to take place near the newly opened Scioto Mile park along the city's riverfront! It's a beautiful setting, made even better by the presence of cooling fountains and relaxing bench swings perfect for a break from the sunny July weather, just a short walk from the hustle of the festival. Even better, the festival is free!
Every year, the Jazz and Ribs Fest brings in more than 40 top national and local performers to fill downtown with music on three stages. This year, headliners include Dave Koz and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and Latin Jazz virtuoso Bobby Sanabria, and local favorites MoJoFlo and Derek DiCenzo are always great to catch.
People tell me the ribs are outstanding, and having the chance to taste samples and meals from 23 different vendors in one location is pretty amazing. You'll have to let me know - I'll stick to the fair fries! You can even get tips for improving your own barbeque from the Great American BBC Tour
If you're coming into town for this three-day festival, the Downtown Crowne Plaza is just a short walk away from the center of action. So come out and enjoy the music, the food and the new Scioto Mile! What are you looking forward to most?