Restaurant Roundup: Awards for Middle West, Sip & Stroll at Lucky’s and more
Columbus Summer Wine Festival
The Columbus Summer Wine Festival is back on the calendar this year, hosted by CD102.5 and event firm MGNOW. The event, a day-long celebration showcasing Ohio wines, will take place at The Columbus Commons on Saturday, August 25.
Along with wine, the festival will feature artisan exhibits and food trucks, and there will be live entertainment. Applications for wineries, vendors and sponsors are currently being accepted, but the plan is to have more than 15 wineries and 20 specialty artisans and vendors serving an expected 6,000 attendees.
“CD102.5 for the Kids is happy to be partnering with Mike [Gallicchio] and MGNow. Not only will the event assist in supporting a fantastic cause right here in central Ohio, but it will help support the Ohio wine industry by providing a new opportunity to feature the state’s grape industry,” stated Randy Malloy, chief executive officer of WWCD 102.5, in a press release.
Tickets for the event go on sale June 1. Admission is $25. Festival hours are 12 to 10 p.m.
Lucky’s shoppers can now add a little pep to their step. The market has just introduced beer and wine to their cafe, and patrons are permitted to sip and stroll while checking off their grocery list. Craft and local beers are $2, and wine is $3.
For more information, visit luckysmarket.com/columbus-ohio.
Cousins Maine Lobster
The Los Angeles-based food truck is making its way to Columbus next Friday, April 27. First featured on Shark Tank six years ago, Cousins Maine Lobster owners Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac have since grown their sole food truck into a national franchise with brick and mortar locations in 15 cities.
Cousins Main Lobster will set up their food truck Downtown, at 141 N. Fourth St., outside Pins Mechanical Co.
For more information, visit cousinsmainelobster.com.
Middle West Spirits
Columbus’ own distillery, Middle West Spirits, returned home from the 12th annual American Distilling Institute’s International Judging of Craft Spirits with several awards, including a Gold Medal and Best in Category for their OYO Double Cask Sherry-Finished Bourbon.
In total, Middle West took six medals for its OYO brand, “including a second gold medal for its OYO Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey, a silver medal for its flagship OYO Vodka, and three bronze medals for its OYO Wheat Whiskey, OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon, and OYO Stone Fruit Vodka.”
The ADI Judging of Craft Spirits is the largest contest devoted to craft spirits in the country, hosting 40 judges to evaluate U.S. and international entries from all classes and categories of spirits, cocktail bitters, ready-to-drink cocktails, and aperitif and fortified wines.
“The entire craft industry is fixated on the meteoric growth of the whiskey market,” said Brady Konya, co- owner and General Manager of Middle West, in a press release. “To take home top honors in the Bourbon category is humbling to say the least.”
For more information, visit middlewestspirits.com.