LIST: Area’s summer festivals offer bounty of food flavors, experiences

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

The festival season in Ohio is already going strong, but as the summer lights up the temperatures aren’t the only things that will grow more intense. The options for things to occupy us also seems to expand.

A good festival is a community connector and speaks to the civic pride we have in our cities. They are a ticket to a celebration and an invite to make the most of the day and rejuvenate ourselves with the energy that they are imbued with.

There’s no doubt that the outdoor event schedule in Ohio is strong. In Dayton we are particularly lucky to be in such close proximity to large cities with Columbus and Cincinnati, which are both relatively short drives away. Each year I look to see not only what’s happening in Dayton when it comes to outdoor festivals, where often the food can be immensely satisfying, but also out of town to see what rises to the occasion.

Here is a list of summer festivals and events through the end of August that will have a food component or focus. These are all events where the food will be curated and the content presented will be electrified with the festival magic that this time of year always brings with it.

Because there are so many here, only the dates, description and website URL are included. If it’s of interest, you navigate to the website for the description of the event, any vendor lists they might have and other details you would need.

June 29: Pickle Fest, Dayton

July 3: Red, White and Brats, Columbus

July 4-6: Taps, Tastes and Tunes Festival, West Chester

July 7-13: Montgomery County Fair, Dayton

July 12-13: Columbus Food Truck Festival

July 12-14: Cincinnati Celtic Festival, Cincinnati

July 13: Kickin’ Chicken Wing Fest, Kettering

Credit: Tom Gilliam

Credit: Tom Gilliam

July 13: Bluebery Festival at Berryhill Farm, Xenia

July 13: Dayton Mac and Cheese Fest

July 13: Cincy Blues Fest, Cincinnati

July 19-20: The Ohio Challenge, Middletown

July 19-21: Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest, Columbus

July 21-23: Cincy Soul: The Black Taste, Cincinnati

July 24: Pineapple Fest at Austin Landing, Miamisburg

July 24-Aug. 4: Ohio State Fair, Columbus

July 25-28 and Aug. 1-4: GoettaFest, Newport, Ky.

July 26-28: Dayton Celtic Festival, Dayton

July 26-28: Annie Oakley Festival, Greenville

July 26-28: Columbus Food and Wine Festival, Columbus

July 27: Dayton Burger Fest

July 27-28: Cincy Soul: The Black Taste Food Fest, Cincinnati

Aug. 3: Bacon Fest, Kettering

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Credit: Alexis Larsen

Aug. 3-4: Fulton Farms Sweetcorn Festival, Troy

Aug. 2-3: Lebanon Blues Festival, Lebanon

Aug. 2-4: Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin

Aug. 3: Down A River, Down A Beer, Piqua

Aug. 3: Small Farm & Food Fest, Dayton

July 26-28: Columbus African Festival, Columbus

Aug, 8-10: Tomato Festival, Columbus

Aug. 9-11: Germanfest Picnic, Dayton

Aug. 10: Art on the Lawn, Yellow Springs

Aug. 10: Dayton BBQ Fest

Aug. 10-11: Festival Latino, Columbus

Aug. 11: Art on the Commons, Kettering

Aug. 16-17 North Market Ohio Wine Festival, Columbus

Aug. 17: Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition, Springfield

Aug. 17: The Great American Beer Tasting, Dayton

Aug. 17: Columbus Food Truck Festival

Aug. 17-18: Fairborn Sweet Corn Festival, Fairborn

Aug. 17-18: Dayton African American Cultural Festival, Dayton

Aug. 23-24: Clifton Gorge Music & Arts Festival, Clifton

Aug. 23-25: Germania Society Oktoberfest, Cincinnati

Aug. 23-25: The Lebanese Festival, Dayton

Aug. 24: Taco & Nacho Fest, Dayton

Aug. 24: ArtFest on Main, Springboro

Aug. 24: HAMILPALOOZA, Hamilton

Aug. 24: ARTFest on Main, Springboro

Aug. 24-25: Columbus Fiery Foods Festival, Columbus

Aug. 24-25: Weekend of Fire, Fairfield

Aug. 3-Sept. 2: Columbus Greek Festival

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