Eat your way through more than a dozen restaurants at The Taste of The Greene on Aug. 10. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Peter Wine for
Photo: Peter Wine for

You won’t go hungry in August thanks to the INSANE amount of food events

When it comes to food outdoor festivals, fairs and events like these can enhance the flavor of whatever you choose as your meal thanks to the combination of music, vendors, people watching, beer and the majesty of being outdoors.

The affordable price points and diversity of some of the dishes (not all) can also offer the opportunity to try something new without a serious commitment of cash.

Here are some of the events you need to get on your calendars:

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Now through Aug. 5: Preble County Fair

If you haven’t been to a fair in a while, it might be time.

722 S. Franklin St., Eaton

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Now through Aug. 5: Greene County Fair

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, bring a non-perishable food item and get in for $3. Your contribution will help food pantries in Greene County. You eat, others eat. It’s a win-win.

Greene County Fairgrounds & Expo Center, 120 Fairground Road, Xenia

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Scenes from 416 Diner's opening night in downtown Dayton. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

Aug. 4: Art In the City

Celebrate Dayton’s rich collection of visual and performing arts during a special event that kicks off the second annual juried art show! Join local businesses, artists, and other organizations as we “paint, perform, and party” around downtown Dayton.

From 6-8 p.m. when you hit one of these participating patios, you’ll be able to take in a live art demo or a musical performance:

  • 416 Diner
  • Blind Bob’s
  • Corner Kitchen
  • The Dayton Beer Co. (downtown biergarten)
  • The Dublin Pub
  • Hannah’s
  • Lily’s Bistro
  • MJ’s on Jefferson
  • Mudlick Tap House
  • Salar
  • Toxic Brewing Co.
  • The Trolley Stop
  • Uno Pizzeria & Grill
  • Wheat Penny Oven & Bar
  • The Wine Gallery

Various locations downtown

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Aug. 4-6: Tax-free weekend

This is not so much a food event as a friendly reminder … Once again the State of Ohio is doing a tax-free weekend with no tax on clothing purchases of $75 or less, and school supplies that are $20 or less. I hope you can fit a nice lunch or dinner into your itinerary.

Aug. 5: Lebanon Blues Festival

Hosted by the Lebanon Optimist Club, this event mixes the Blues with some classic BBQ, a beer garden, car show as well as other events.

Downtown Lebanon

Aug. 5: Arts and Drafts

This fundraiser for We Care Arts will feature live music, on-site tattooing, food trucks and draft beer. Bonus: free admission.

We Care Arts back lot at 3035 Wilmington Pike, Kettering

The first Brunch! Food Truck Rally was held Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. The Drunken Waffle and Smokin’ Bee-Bee-Q will start hosting monthly Brunch! Food Truck Rallies at Yellow Cab on the first Sunday of every month from April through September. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam
Photo: Tom Gilliam

Aug. 6: Brunch food truck rally

This is exactly as it is billed — a Saturday morning food truck rally from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. I’ve been to several and have really enjoyed them. The trucks have all of your brunch favorites and The “Old” Yellow Cab building has Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and craft brews for sale. This month’s participating vendors include: The Drunken Waffle, El Meson, The Wicked ‘Wich of Dayton, Son Of a Biscuit, Smokin Barrels, LLC, and The Shakery Juice Bar.

The Yellow Cab Building, 700 E. Fourth St., Dayton

Aug. 8: DVAC’s 2nd Annual CSA Harvest Party

Featuring live R&B oldies from the Old Skool Duo and Brixx Ice Company pizzas, a ticket is just $10 and offers you a chance to check out this year’s “crop” of fresh art by Amy Powell, Danielle Rante, Francis Schanberger, and Andrea Starkey. Original, limited edition, signed and numbered portfolio available for $350 or $650 framed. Party goes from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Dayton Beer Company, 41 Madison St., Dayton

BD's Mongolian Grill employees Ross Wiechinck and Esther Underwood handout rice and chicken stir-fry during the Taste of the Greene on Thursday August 14 at The Greene. Diners paid $10, proceeds benefit Culture Works, to sample dishes from restaurants featured a The Greene. Staff Photo by Teesha McClam
Photo: Teesha McClam

Aug. 10: Taste of the Greene

This annual tasting event returns. The 11th annual Taste of the Greene will take place from 5:30-8:30 p.m. featuring samples from participating restaurants. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Bar Louie
  • BD Mongolian’s
  • Choe’s Asian Cuisine
  • Deg’s Flame Grilled Chicken- NEW TO THE GREENE AND A DAYTON ORIGINAL
  • EO Burgers
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
  • Kilwin’s
  • McCormick and Schmick’s
  • Panera Bread
  • Pasha Grill
  • The Pub
  • Omaha Steaks
  • The Oilerie
  • More TBA

>> Eat your way through The Greene at this event

The 33rd Annual Germanfest Picnic in Dayton, held at Carillon Park, Aug. 12 - 14, proved to be a fun (and tasty) way to spend your weekend in the Gem City.  (TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED)

Aug. 11-13: The 34th Annual Dayton Liederkranz-Turner Germanfest Picnic

Now in its 34th year, the Germanfest Picnic is a 3-day celebration of the Miami Valley’s rich German heritage. Enjoy great food, beverages, and the same great Gemütlichkeit (friendliness) that have made it a popular regional festival.

Riverscape MetroPark, 237 E. Monument Ave., Dayton

Aug. 12: Festival of the Vine

With a billing of “Fine Wine & Cool Jazz,” how can you go wrong?

Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Aug. 13: 29th Annual Art on the Commons

This one-day juried display and sale of fine arts and fine crafts from over one hundred artists from Ohio and surrounding states is presented by Rosewood Arts Centre and the Kettering Arts Council.

Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

There are several varieties of funnel cakes at the Great Darke County Fair, including this Boston Cream version. JIM INGRAM/STAFF
Photo: Contributing Writer

Aug. 18-26: The Great Darke County Fair

This is a Midwest fair at it’s finest. It’s huge, hot, loud and delicious. I urge you to check the calendar and take in a dog show or a mule and donkey show, some horse racing, sheep sheering, wood carvers, or one of the other myriad activities they will be showcasing over the course of the week. There’s always something to grab your attention and the food is one greasy guilty pleasure after another.

800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

Sweet corn is the star of the show at Fairborn’s Sweet Corn Festival, scheduled this year for Aug. 19-20. CONTRIBUTED

Aug. 19-20: Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival

Still going strong 36 years later. This festival puts the spotlight on a favorite summer stable in Ohio: corn. Bring some toothpicks with you — you’ll thank me later.

Community Park, 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn

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Bacon Fest is just one of the many food events by the Miami Valley Restaurant Association coming up in 2017. Sweet-Umms served a Sweet Potato “BACON” Dream Cake at Bacon Fest 2016. (Bacon Fest)
Photo: Contributing Writer

Aug. 20: Bacon Fest

Because I am a firm believer that everything is better with bacon.

Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

Aug. 21: Solar Eclipse

For the first time in one hundred years, the U.S. will be the prime location world-wide to watch the eclipse occur. This feast for the eyes is natures festival. Mark your calendar now and plan accordingly. The eclipse will start at 1:02 p.m. and will reach 89 percent totality by 2:30, and will be completely over by 4 p.m. … just in time for happy hour.

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Will Thomas grilling Kafta for the Dayton Lebanese Festival. (Submitted by the Dayton Lebanese Festival)

Aug. 25-27: Greater Dayton Lebanese Festival

Kibbee, Falafel, Kafta, Beef and Chicken Shawarma (“Lebanese gyro”), Tabouli and Salata salads (Middle Eastern Salads), stuffed grape leaves, hummus dip, homemade Middle Eastern mountain bread with zhatar seasoning; and fresh Lebanese pastries including baklawa, ghraybeh, nammuoora. And those are just a few of the delicious reasons this festival, presented by St. Ignatius Of Antioch Maronite Catholic Church is worth considering.

5915 Springboro Pike, Miami Twp.

Aug. 31: The Taste

Samplings from more than 30 restaurants? If you get the $25 advance ticket price it’s a great deal and offers a lot of dishes to sample. Get there early ahead of the 6 p.m. start time so you can maximize your experience.

Fraze Pavilion, 95 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

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