10 ways to eat your way through the month of June

June is a month of food celebrations in honor of some of my favorite things — it’s national iced tea month, papaya month, candy month, dairy month, fresh fruit and vegetables month and so much more. 

Those milestones don’t begin to scratch the surface on what the month of June has in store when it comes to food.  

Here is my list of 10 can’t miss food festivals in June:

The famous strawberry donuts fund-raiser at the Troy Strawberry Festival helps benefit Troy schools music programs. (Amelia Robinson/Staff)
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TROY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

405 S.W. Public Square, Troy

Located in beautiful historic downtown Troy and along the Great Miami River levee, this free family-friendly festival has more than 200 exhibitors, nonstop entertainment on two stages and plenty of activities for kids. Plus strawberries with more strawberries on top of more strawberries. This year’s theme is “A Berry WACO Weekend.”

www.troystrawberryfest.com

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Young’s Jersey Dairy now sells cheese curds from its food truck. AMELIA ROBINSON/STAFF
Photo: Staff Writer

YOUNG’S FARMSTEAD CHEESE 10TH ANNIVERSARY WEEK

MONDAY-JUNE 9

6880 Springfield-Xenia Road, Yellow Springs

This is the festival’s 10th year. Young’s Family Fun Wristbands are available for unlimited family fun all over the farm — unlimited miniature golf, batting cages, driving range, Cowvin’s Fast Slide, Moovers & Shakers and Cowvin’s Kiddie Corral. Price is $15 for ages 12 and over and $9 for ages 11 and under. Wristbands good only on day of purchase and can be purchased anywhere on the farm. Young’s deep fried cheddar cheese curds will be on sale at both restaurants for $3.99, in regular, buffalo or sweet chili style. Sample Young’s Farmstead Cheese, which is on sale all week. Purchase one piece of homemade cheese, a pint of fresh cheddar curds, or sampler package, and get one of equal or lesser value for only $3. Tour the cheese production facility on Saturday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

youngsdairy.com

The perfect dessert awaits at The Banana Split Festival in Wilmington. CONTRIBUTED
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BANANA SPLIT FESTIVAL

JUNE 7-8

1326 Fife Ave. Wilmington

Who invented the banana split? If you ask anyone in Wilmington it was Ernest Hazard in 1907. The annual Banana Split Festival celebrates the birthplace of the banana split. Festival goers will enjoy plenty of food booths and craft and collectible booths promoting the 50s and 60s, a classic car cruise in, games for the entire family and free entertainment. But the highlight for most will be the “build your own” banana split booth. No surprise there.

bananasplitfestival.com

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We found out there's more than one way to prepare green tomatoes at the sixth annual Rock 'n' Green Tomato Festival.
Photo: Jim Ingram

ROCK ‘N GREEN TOMATO FESTIVAL

JUNE 8

Riverfront Park, Miamisburg

The eighth Annual Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival held in Miamisburg is everything that an outdoor festival should be — contests, tournaments, live music, vendors and plenty of food including fried green tomatoes and green tomato pie. Held at Riverfront Park, it’s a perfect destination to bike to if you are looking to make an entire day of it.

www.rockngreentomato.com

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR

JUNE 8

Downtown Yellow Springs

To say that this is a favorite event would be a massive understatement. This all-day festival features entertainment, street performers, fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items and a wide variety of food ranging from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs.

www.yellowspringsohio.org/street-fair

There is a reason these chicken dinners sell out year after year at Poultry Days in Versailles. CONTRIBUTED
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VERSAILLES POULTRY DAYS

JUNE 14-16

459 S. Center St Versailles

Poultry Days, an annual community festival which began in 1952 to celebrate the Versailles history as a leading poultry producer, is held the second full weekend in June each year. Arrive early to enjoy one of our world-famous chicken dinners. Since 1952, this village of less than 3,000 people has sold 1,012,685 of these delicious dinners. Last year 28,520 dinners were sold, but arrive early as they can sell quickly. After you eat, the festival will have plenty to stop and enjoy including the annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which is one of the top tournaments in the nation and Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests.

www.versaillespoultrydays.com

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Jungle Jim’s Market named one of the best beer stores in America. Founder Jim Bonaminio is seen here serving drinks at the store in 2013. STAFF FILE PHOTO
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JUNGLE JIM’S INTERNATIONAL CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

JUNE 14-15

5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield

Mark your calendars Father’s Day weekend for one of the largest and longest-running beer festivals in Cincinnati: Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Fest. They’ll have over 100 breweries showcasing more than 400 beers, including a few unique brews you won’t be able to find at your typical beer festival. Included in the ticket price will be access to a variety of food and pub grub. But it’s not the food you came for, it’s the drink. Purchase tickets online now as they will sell-out.

www.junglejims.com/BeerFest

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Authentic Irish music, dance and food were featured at the Celtic Fest Ohio in Waynesville this past weekend, June 16-17, 2018. Patrons enjoyed historic and heritage-filled events from viking encampment reenactments to beloved musicians to Guinness (lots of Guinness) to food trucks.
Photo: Tom Gilliam

CELTIC FEST OHIO

JUNE 14-16

Renaissance Park, 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville

Eat. Drink. Rock. Enjoy a wide variety of food items from traditional Scottish, Irish and English to American fare. A bevy of food combined with the traditional Celtic tunes we all know and love to rowdy Celtic rock to pipes and drums, this is a tasty rocking festival with 100 arts and crafts shops featuring interesting items all made with a Celtic flare.

https://celticfestohio.com

Dancers get into the spirit at a past year's Spass Nacht Austrian Festival, sponsored by the Kettering Sister Cities Association. CONTRIBUTED

SPASS NACHT 2019 “AN AUSTRIAN FESTIVAL”

JUNE 21

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

In honor of Kettering’s sister city, Steyr, Austria, the Kettering Sister City Association presents a Spass Nacht — translation, fun night. Authentic food, beverages, polka music from the Charon Polka Band and other live entertainment will take place throughout Lincoln Park. The Chardon Polka Band will bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga, so get ready for some fun while you do your Oktoberfest pre-gaming.

http://fraze.com/spass-nacht-2019

TACO FIESTA 2019

JUNE 30

Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

What better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon than at Taco Fiesta in Lincoln Park? Tacos with a soundtrack thanks to the musical rhythms of jazz, meringue, calypso, bembe, cha cha, samba and bossa nova. Bring your family, meet your friends in Lincoln Park for the first ever Taco Fiesta.

http://fraze.com/taco-fiesta-2019/

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