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Capital City Cuisine

See for yourself why Columbus’ culinary scene has foodies around the nation talking, with the Washington Post calling Columbus “A Certified Food Lovers’ Town.”

Day One

Morning | Go inside restored homes and private gardens in German Village, one of the city’s most charming districts. A step-on guide shares the neighborhood’s fascinating history.

Lunch | Enjoy a participatory dining experience at The Kitchen, and watch your inner chef emerge! Guests come together to make the Italian dinner from start to finish, including homemade pasta, a starter, and dessert.

Afternoon | Learn the basics of mead making at Brothers Drake Meadery, then head next door to Middle West Spirits for a taste of their signature vodkas and whiskeys. Or, discover the intricacies of vodka, gin, and bourbon making at Watershed Distillery.

Evening | Explore the vast collection of art galleries and boutiques in the Short North Arts District, known as the “Art & Soul” of Columbus. Then, a variety of dining options await during a memorable dinner on your own. Choose from upscale traditional tavern fare at The Pearl, Asian cuisine at Lemongrass Fusion Bistro and much more. Top off your evening with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams.

Day Two

Morning | After breakfast at your hotel, explore Ohio’s herb capital, Gahanna. At the Ohio Herb Center, learn easy ways to enhance everyday recipes and craft your own culinary creations of herb-infused vinegar, oils, syrups or teas.

Lunch | Grab lunch at a sustainable farm and licensed cannery. Visit Glass Rooster Cannery for a farm-to-fork buffet.

Afternoon | Stay for a tour of the working farm, or taste your way through an array of Cannery-made fresh bread and artisan jams while enjoying a demonstration. Everyone selects a jam or jelly to take home.

Evening | Indulge with handcrafted wine at Wyandotte Winery. Or, bask in the Columbus craft brew scene at Elevator Brewery or Land-Grant Brewing Company. Then, relax over a meal at one of the many group-friendly spots such as Barcelona.

Day Three

Morning | Explore Krema Nut Company, the oldest peanut butter manufacturer operating in the United States today. Then, indulge your sweet tooth during a tour of family-owned confectionery Anthony-Thomas Candy Company. Everyone receives a freshly made chocolate.

Lunch | Nibble your way around Columbus’ celebrated North Market. Enjoy lunch at the 145-plus-year-old public market with dozens of merchants. Or, get a taste of the city on one of Columbus Food Adventuresguided tours. Stops include independently owned businesses, with samples and behind-the-scenes access.



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Marie Kuess

Marie Kuess, ECI Sr. Program Manager