As things continue to open up, food-centric events are being slowly added to the calendar.
Three upcoming food events are worthy of consideration as you plan your activities through the end of the month.
THE BIG CHILL ICE CREAM FEST
If frozen treats are your thing there’s a new event benefitting Dayton Children’s Hospital that will be right up your alley. For $25 you receive a self-guided tour ticket booklet for 10 local ice cream shops to enjoy some sweet treats. The promotion began on June 18 and goes through June 27.
Confirmed participants include:
- 3 Dips
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Dixie Dairy Dreem
- Graeter’s- Oakwood
- K & W
- Jubie’s Creamery
- Ritter’s - Beavercreek
- The Root Beer Stande
- The Sweet Retreat
Coupons for the sweet treats can be redeemed at each of the stops you make. Tickets are available for purchase at bit.ly/DaytonBigChill.
Can’t beat desserts outdoors for a good cause.
YELLOW CAB FOOD TRUCK RALLIES
Head to Yellow Cab Tavern (700 E. 4th St. Dayton) on the second and fourth Sunday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. for street food courtesy of local food trucks, as well as chilled craft beer and cocktails from the bar.
The first rally is set to take place on June 27. Entry is free.
Food trucks this time around are set to include The Pizza Bandit, Yummy Gyro, East Coast Eats, The Rolling Oasis and more to be announced. DJ Ike will be at the food truck rallies playing an eclectic mix of tunes from the ’80s, ’90s and beyond.
Weekly events at Yellow Cab include karaoke on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m., trivia on Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m., showcase Thursdays beginning at 7:30 p.m. and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 8 p.m. The first and third Sundays of the month will feature poetry slams starting at 7:30 p.m.
Visit yellowcabfoodtrucks.com to learn more.
WRIGHT DUNBAR DAY
The second annual Wright Dunbar Day is planned for June 27 from 2 to 9 p.m. in the Wright Dunbar neighborhood between West Second and West Third streets at North Williams Street.
The day is the celebration both of poet Paul Laurence Dunbar’s birthday, which takes place on the same day as the event, as well as the Wright Dunbar neighborhood.
The family friendly outdoor festival is the creation of Tae Winston, event planner, neighborhood organizer, Dayton cheerleader and owner and founder of the Entrepreneurs Marketplace and the Entrepreneurs Shoppe in Dayton.
Winston is a small business champion and incredible force for good in Dayton and someone I will be highlighting in a larger story soon, but for now let’s just say she’s continuing to bring her vision for big things in Dayton to life with this event, which will feature 100 vendors, 25 food trucks, live bands and more.
It’s a nice event to celebrate history, learn about a very cool neighborhood you may not be familiar with and try a lot of great food.
The thing I like about all three of these events is the opportunity to try something new.
If you are in an ice cream rut, this is the opportunity to expand your horizons.
Same with food. Food trucks are a wonderful opportunity to try something new at a very affordable price point.
The beauty of a food truck rally is there’s something for everyone.
The offerings are diverse and flavorful and it’s a terrific way to sample the cooking that’s happening in these rolling restaurants on wheels. The only drawback is that depending on the time of day the crowds can be substantial, so be prepared for some lines.
I’m so excited to see more of these types of events popping up after a long absence and I know I’m not alone.
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