Ohio Festivals Sept. 29- Oct. 1, 2017

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September 28, 2017 – Celebrity Chef Tour – Columbus, Ohio
Benefiting the James Beard Foundation, featuring Award-Winning Chefs
https://www.jamesbeard.org/celebrity-chef-tour

 

September 29-30, 2017 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine & cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
http://www.ohioswissfestival.com/

 

September 30, 2017 35th Annual Country Applefest – Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
http://www.countryapplefest.com/

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Ohio Festivals Sept. 19-24, 2017

September 20, 2017 at 5:20 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 19-23, 2017 Apple Week – Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio
Fall is the favorite season for many in the Midwest, and what better way to welcome in the season with a week dedicated to apples. Sauder Village will be highlighting this fall fruit throughout the week with special apple-themed recipes in our historic homes and hands-on activities. Visitors will also be able to visit our 130 year-old cider mill-it’s a guest favorite! On Friday and Saturday guests can join us for a day of apple butter making! Watch us schnitz and stir our way through a batch of delicious apple butter. Sneak a sample fresh from the kettle and make this harvesting tradition one of your family’s own!

https://saudervillage.org/classes-events

 

September 21-24, 2017 54th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
http://www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com/

 

September 22-23, 2017 Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic
Cincinnati, Ohio
A celebration of the Midwest through grand tastings, demos, wine seminars, competitions, after parties and more. A portion of proceeds will go to the Freestore Foodbank, the event’s non-profit partner.
https://www.cincinnatifoodandwineclassic.com/

 

September 23-24, 2017 38th Annual Germantown Pretzel Festival
Germantown, Ohio
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!
http://pretzelfestival.com/live/

 

September 23-24, 2017 54th Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
http://www.grapejamboree.com/

 

September 24, 2017 – Taste of Yesteryear – Peninsula, Ohio
At Hale Farm & Village 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. The Festival will showcase circa 1900 foods prepared over open wood flame, charcoal, or on potbellied stoves. Individual Chef’s, restaurants and organizations around Northeast Ohio will share their turn-of-the-century creations. Step back in time at as you roam the grounds of Hale Farm & Village, a 200-year-old family farm, now an outdoor living history museum, nestled in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Experience the tastes, smells and lifestyle of early residents of the Cuyahoga Valley. Proceeds from the event will fund the Rotary’s community service programs.
http://tasteofyesteryear.com/

Ohio Festivals – Sept. 15-17, 2017

September 13, 2017 at 5:21 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Some great Festivals this weekend in Ohio!

September 15-16, 2017 Jamestown Bean Festival – Jamestown, Ohio
All during the Festival the bean tent is open serving bean soup, Mexican beans, baked beans, burgers, chops, sausages and more. On Saturday morning the Fire Department has a really great pancake and sausage breakfast at the fire house. Auction with lots of items donated by local businesses -Some really good stuff for some really good prices for some really good causes! The money raised during the event goes back into the community and donations for many causes the Lions help with. (also: http://www.jtchamber.com/ )

http://www.ohio.org/events/jamestown-lions-club-bean-festival

September 15-17, 2017 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

September 15-17, 2017 19th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Albany, Ohio
A fun-filled and educational event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw. Delectable foods, quality entertainment, and unique arts & crafts. Special events include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. Presentations will cover pawpaw growing, cooking, and other related topics.

https://ohiopawpawfest.com/

September 16, 2017 Firehouse Clam & Steak Extravaganza
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
‘Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza’ Live music! Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake.

http://www.oldfirehousewinery.com/

September 16-17, 2017 Johnny Appleseed Festival – Lisbon, Ohio
Many local organizations provide old fashioned apple butter, apple ice cream, apple fritters & apple dumplings. There is an apple pie baking contest along with 35 food concessions, arts & crafts including yarn spinning, goat milk soap, chain saw wood crafts, dunk tank, games, dancing, music and theatre.

http://www.lisbonareachamber.com/

September 16-17, 2017 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more!

https://www.porkfestival.org/

Ohio Festivals August 25-27, 2017

August 23, 2017 at 4:59 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 24-27, 2017 Obetz Zucchinifest – Obetz, Ohio
The festival continues to celebrate the wonder that is the zucchini. Experience the first-class entertainment, great food and fun rides.

http://www.obetzzucchinifest.com/

 

August 25-26, 2017 Jungle Jim’s BBQ & Grilling Festival – Fairfield, Ohio
Great BBQ festival featuring a professional BBQ contest, FREE BBQ samples during our Peoples Choice contest on Saturday, plenty of the nations best BBQ vendors onsite.

http://www.junglejims.com/junglefests/

 

August 25-27, 2017 52nd Annual German-American Festival
Oregon, Ohio
Taking place at Oak Shade Grove. The Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival With Authentic German Food, Beer, and Entertainment. (also: gafsociety.org/Festival_Information.htm ) Attendance: 30,000

https://germanamericanfestival.net/

 

August 26-27, 2017 Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, Ohio
Funds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. We administer and expand our educational and charitable market programs, which continue to be very important complements to our market season (Food Stamp enhanced purchases/EBT-SNAP, Music at the Market, Chef at the Market, Mighty Locavores K-2 educational programming in Cleveland Municipal School District and much more). With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year.

http://clevelandgarlicfestival.org/

 

August 26-27, 2017 Uncork’d WineFest – Ashtabula, Ohio
Formerly known as Wine & Walleye Festival. Original Festival, New Name. Celebrating Ashtabula County’s favorite exports, the festival has live music, wine tastings, a fishing tournament, and food from local restaurants.

http://www.uncorkdwinefest.com/

Ohio Festivals – August 4th-6th, 2017

August 2, 2017 at 5:14 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 4-5, 2017 Annual Vintage Ohio Wine Festival
Kirtland, Ohio
Vintage Ohio is a two-day festival in Lake County, Ohio which will feature Ohio wineries, many food vendors, arts and music. Wine will be available to taste, by the glass and by the bottle. There is a designated driver program and all ages are welcome.

http://www.visitvintageohio.com/

 

August 5-6, 2017 Corn City Festival – Deshler, Ohio
Deshler Park Deshler. Rides, a Parade, Volleyball, Kiddie Tractor Pulls, 1K and 5K runs, Live Musical Entertainment, band on Saturday night, along with great food! Car show on Sunday. Check details at http://www.deshlerohiochamber.com (419) 722-1069 or (419) 278-3483

http://business.henrycountychamber.org/events/details/deshler-corn-city-festival-08-06-2017-4022

Ohio Festivals July 21-23, 2017

July 19, 2017 at 5:21 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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July 14-22, 2017 12th Ohio Brew Week Festival – Athens, Ohio
Ohio Brew Week celebrates Ohio’s diverse microbrews during the weeklong festival. You can enjoy more than 200 craft beers from 40 Ohio microbreweries. Events include craft brew cooking competition, Brew BBQ Cookoff, homebrew competition, and Boogie on the Bricks.

https://ohiobrewweek.com/

 

July 20-22, 2017 36th Annual Lodi Sweet Corn Festival – Lodi, Ohio
The festival includes a parade, carnival, fireworks, and 5K run.

http://lodiohiochamber.com/sweet-corn-festival

 

July 21-22, 2017 10th Annual Hudson Wine Festival – Hudson, Ohio
The event will showcase over 250 wines from local, national and international producers. Guests will enjoy musical entertainment, international foods, artist exhibits, discussions on wine trends and various raffles throughout the weekend.

http://www.hudsonwinefestival.com/

 

July 21-23, 2017 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, Ohio
The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated traditions in Columbus–thanks to hot ribs, cool jazz and great fans!

http://www.hotribscooljazz.org/

 

July 22, 2017 Ukranian Village Festival – Parma, Ohio
Hosted by St. Vladimir Cathedral, the event will offer Ukrainian Foods including Perogies, Stuffed Cabbage, and Borscht. There will be Ukrainian entertainment including dancers, music, displays and demonstrations of Ukrainian art and crafts.

http://www.stvladimirs.org/festival.html

Ohio Festivals June 22-25, 2017

June 21, 2017 at 5:06 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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June 22-24, 2017 London Strawberry Festival – London, Ohio
The community is to be decorated in a strawberry theme. Event includes a strawberry shortcake tent, parade, nightly entertainment, and a car show benefiting Cystic Fibrosis.

http://www.londonstrawberryfestival.com/

 

June 24, 2017 Waterfront Wine Festival – Avon Lake, Ohio
Enjoy a sunset over Lake Erie while sampling wines from 8 local wineries, food from Avon Lake’s finest restaurants and relaxing music. The festival takes place at Veterans Memorial Park, from 4pm-Sunset. This event is free to attend. Tickets can be purchased for wine samplings. Food can be purchased separately from the vendors directly.

http://avonlakewaterfront.com/index.html

 

June 24, 2017 Riverside Wine Festival – Findlay, Ohio
The Arts Partnership invites you to attend the fifth annual Riverside Wine Festival from 1pm to 6pm at scenic Riverside Park. This premier event will feature twelve Ohio wineries, local gourmet foods, fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, wine exhibitions, demonstrations and more!

http://artspartnership.com/outdoor/

 

June 24-25, 2017 Mulberry Creek Herbfair – Huron, Ohio
Enjoy herbal foods, plants and vendors at the herb farm’s annual fair. This year’s focus will be on ‘France: Food, Wine & Culture’

https://mulberrycreek.com/News_and_Events/

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 13, 2017 at 5:38 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Save the last sip of wine……..

 

 

Here’s a good way to save that last bit of wine at the end of the bottle. Freeze it in ice cube trays, then store the cubes in a freezer bag. Use them in wine coolers and any dish that calls for wine.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Drunken Kidneys

May 24, 2017 at 4:51 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Drunken Kidneys. You’ll be using Wild Idea Buffalo Kidney to prepare the dish along with White Wine to get it to that Drunken Stage! A perfect hors d’oeuvre for your next gathering! You can find this recipe and purchase the Wild Idea Buffalo Kidneys all on the Wild Idea Buffalo website. http://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

 

Drunken Kidneys

Meat guru, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall, inspired this recipe. In his rendition, he states that, “If you don’t like kidney, or you’re not quite sure, this recipe will convert you.” I fell in the “not quite sure category”, but I also believe it’s important to consume the whole animal, so thought I would give it a try. I was quickly converted. It is a delicious dish, and would make a terrific hors d’oeuvre for your next party.
Ingredients:
1 – Wild Idea Buffalo Kidney
1 – cup milk
2 – tablespoons olive oil
1 – teaspoon salt
1 – teaspoon black pepper
1 – cup mushrooms, chopped
2 – tablespoons cider vinegar
¼ – cup red current or plum jelly
1 – cup dry sherry
1 – cup white wine
2 – teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
¼ – teaspoon cayenne, *I added more
1 – tablespoon, Dijon mustard
1 – tablespoon cream or sour cream
fresh parsley & chives, chopped

 

Preparation:
1) Rinse kidney, pat dry, and cut into pieces. Place kidney in a bowl and cover with the milk. Soak for 2 to 24 hours. Drain the milk from the kidney and pat dry.

2) In a sauté pan over medium high heat, heat oil. Add the kidney and season with the salt and pepper. Sauté until browned, tossing or stirring occasionally.

3) Stir in the mushrooms and sauté for a couple more minutes.

4) Add the cider vinegar and then the jelly. Stir to incorporate.

5) Add the sherry, wine, Worcestershire, cayenne, and Dijon. Stir to incorporate. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 30minutes.

6) Remove lid and stir in cream. Season to taste, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve with toast points

http://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/54673217-drunken-kidneys

Diabetic Dish of the Week – Chicken in a Pot

May 9, 2017 at 5:36 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Gourmet Magazine | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Dish of the Week is Chicken in a Pot. The dish is 172 calories and 6 net carbs. It’s another delicious and diabetic friendly recipe from the Diabetic Gourmet Magazine website. Checkthe site out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://diabeticgourmet.com/

Chicken in a Pot
Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

2 medium carrots, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
2 celery ribs, cut in 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)
3 pounds chicken, whole or cut up, skin removed
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried coarse black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil or fresh basil to taste
1 teaspoon dried parsley or fresh flat-leaf parsley to taste
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 cup water, chicken broth, or white cooking wine
Directions

1 – Place vegetables in bottom of slow cooker. Place chicken on top of vegetables. Add seasonings and water.
2 – Cover. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours, or HIGH 3-1/2 hours (use 1 cup liquid if cooking on HIGH).
3 – This is a great foundation for soups – chicken vegetable, chicken noodle, chicken rice, chicken corn, and other favorites.
Nutritional Information (Per Serving)
Calories: 172
Protein: 22g
Sodium: 381 mg
Cholesterol: 65 mg
Fat: 5g
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Sugars: 4g
Carbohydrates: 8g
Exchanges: 1 Vegetable, 3 Lean Meat
http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/774.shtml

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