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FOOD plus FUN: 10 events you don’t want to miss this month

August is a month of many food celebrations.

It’s national catfish, panini, peach and sandwich month, but locally it’s so much more.

Here are some food events taking place that are worthy of consideration in between all of the catfish, panini, peach and sandwich celebrating you manage to fit in.

Aug. 8, 15, 29: Lunch Box Yoga

Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center, 1 W. 2nd St., Dayton

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Need a good stretch and delicious lunch to power you through the rest of the work day? Take care of both with Lunch Box Yoga. This new series invites you to bring your personal mat and join us in the Emerson Lounges overlooking the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center. Yoga instructor Ranjani Powers of Yoga XTC will guide a 45-minute journey of rejuvenation followed by quality nourishment from Citilites restaurant. When you are finished with your yoga session, your boxed lunch will be ready and waiting. Select your box lunch when reserving your space. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. All lunches come with a side of fruit and a bottled water. Cost is a reasonable $15. Get tickets online, at the box office, or by phone at 937-228-3630 or 888-228-3630.

>>Stretch your body, mind and tastebuds at new lunchbox yoga series inside the Schuster Center

Eat your way through more than a dozen restaurants at The Taste of The Greene on Aug. 10. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

Aug. 9: 12th Annual Taste of the Greene

The Greene Town Center, 452 Buckeye Lane, Beavercreek

http://dineoutdayton.com/project/taste-of-the-greene

Restaurants at the Greene will be looking to impress at this event which continues to grow in popularity. Advance tickets to the event, which runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m. are $15 online and at EO Burger at The Greene. Admission is $20 the day of the event.

>>Get your taste buds ready for Taste of the Greene this week

Aug. 11: Festival of the Vine

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

http://fraze.com

Fine wine and cool jazz will be featured at the free Fraze festival. Grab a snack, grab some vino and enjoy the weekend.

Aug. 11: Great American Beer Tasting

Fifth Third Field, 220 North Patterson Blvd., Dayton

http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20130417&content_id=45061248&fext=.jsp&sid=t459&vkey

For many beer is food and if you fall into that boat, this event is for you. The Great American Beer Tasting, featuring over 100 beers, costs $30 for an advance ticket and includes 20 4 oz. samples, a custom pint glass, and a raffle ticket for Budweiser and Dragons merchandise.

Guests of the Mudlick Tap House floats paddle on a guided kayaking tour on the Mad River and experience the urban landscape from Eastwood MetroPark to Riverscape River Run. ALEXIS LARSEN/CONTRIBUTED

Aug. 13 and 27: Mudlick Tap House Floats

135 E. 2nd St., Dayton

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Mudlick Tap House, Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery and Sweetwater Brewing have teamed up to do a very special event for beer loving, outdoor adventurers with an appetite. Guests of the Mudlick Tap House floats paddle on a guided kayaking tour on the Mad River and experience the urban landscape from Eastwood MetroPark to Riverscape River Run. Floats happen the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Mudlick opens the restaurant up after the fun has been had on the river for a limited menu that typically consists of a couple of sandwiches, an entree and a sharable. Kayak rentals are limited and must be booked in advance. Kayak rental and transportation are $35, which includes rental, lifejacket, paddle and shuttle service to launch point. Transportation and livery services are $15. For those bringing their own kayaks, drop off your equipment at the launch point at Eastwood MetroPark as early as 4 p.m. Twin Creek Kayak and Canoe Livery will be there as a security measure to watch over equipment. You are welcome to park near the takeout point and head over to the Tap House for a pre-float pint before boarding the shuttle at 5:30 p.m. to head back up to launch at 6 p.m.

>>This restaurant's special kayak adventure is perfect for local food and beer lovers

Aug. 14: Very Veggie Feast

Lily’s Bistro, 329 E 5th St., Dayton

http://lilysbistro.com

This six-course all vegan celebration of Ohio summer produce is a great way to celebrate not only healthy, delicious dining, but Lily’s Bistro’s 5th anniversary. Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased in advance online and at the restaurant with pricing fixed at $49 per person, which includes tax and tip. An optional wine pairing can be added for $15.

>>Lily’s Bistro celebrates 5 years with an epic six-course veggie dinner

Aug. 17: Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally

Yellow Cab Tavern, 700 E. 4th St., Dayton

www.yellowcabtavern.com

Dayton’s monthly outdoor food party featuring some of the regions best food trucks, free live music and local craft beers is back for the month of August. Try it out before the summer’s over and these great outdoor parties go on hiatus.

elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar will serve Spicy Shrimp and Grit with Fried Green Tomatoes, Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce at Bacon Fest. (Photo: Submitted)

Aug. 18: Bacon Fest

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

http://fraze.com

Everything is better with bacon and this event aims to prove it. The event commemorating pork’s best side is back with more food and dishes that will make you want to kick off the front door. Baconlicous delights at last years Bacon Fest included bacon funnel cakes, bacon tacos, candied bacon and bacon wrapped chicken wings. Restaurants confirmed so far include: Amber Rose Restaurant and Catering, Archer’s Tavern, Basil’s On Market, The Dock Food & Spirits, Enon, elé Cake Co., Bistro& Wine Bar, El Meson, Marion’s Piazza, 1776 Grill and Sweet-Umms Chocolatier.

AleFest, considered by many as the annual go-to event for Dayton-area craft beer lovers, celebrated its 19th year on Saturday, Aug. 26.The event took place at the Dayton Convention Center and featured a selection of more than 400 craft beers as well as wine. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM (Tom Gilliam/Tom Gilliam)

Aug. 25: AleFest Dayton

Dayton Convention Center, 22 E. 5th St., Dayton

http://alefest.com

With more than 250 craft beers, restaurants selling food and some of the region’s most appreciative beer drinkers, AleFest Dayton is a hot ticket. General admission is $40 in advance and $45 at the door. A limited number of VIP admission tickets will be sold allowing early access to the event. VIPs also receive exclusive access to a number of rare beers and specialty casks. VIP tickets are $60 in advance, $65 at the door.

Aug. 30: The Taste

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

http://fraze.com/the-taste

Presented by the Kettering-Moraine-Oakwood Chamber of Commerce, the 32nd Annual The Taste festival will feature food samples from more than 30 restaurants. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event.

Dayton Eats looks at the regional food stories and restaurant news that make mouths water. Share info about your menu updates, special dinners and events, new chefs, interesting new dishes and culinary adventures. Do you know of new exciting format changes, specials, happy hours, restaurant updates or any other tasty news you think is worth a closer look at? E-mail Alexis Larsen at alexis.e.larsen@hotmail.com with the information and we will work to include it in future coverage.

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