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Taste of Columbus coming Saturday, May 19

For food and wine lovers seeking an opportunity to experience the diversity of Columbus’ dining community, Taste of Columbus is a first-class destination. For the second year, Taste of Columbus will showcase the best of Columbus’ independently owned restaurants. Presented by members of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association, the event is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 on the upper level of The Commons. The delicious array of food served at the event will be complemented by the sounds of the Banister Bluegrass Band and Acoustic Fourum.

Taste of Columbus will feature culinary offerings from a variety of independently owned restaurants in Columbus and intends to showcase the diversity of Columbus’ food scene. Unlike many chain restaurants, the local independents focus on ingredients furnished by area farmers and purveyors. Salad greens, chicken, eggs, mushrooms, pork and beef, and a variety of cheeses are examples of ingredients produced in Indiana and utilized by local chefs. Craft beer and native wine will also be featured. Many of these restaurants offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and low sodium options on their menus. A splattering of ethnic choices can also be found in Columbus – such as Japanese, Mexican and Italian.

The chefs of these restaurants invite you to join them and enjoy the feeling of dining in big-city restaurants, but with an intimate, friendly small-town attitude. Tickets for the event are $20 and may be purchased at participating restaurants, Viewpoint Book Store or at the door the evening of the event. The event begins at 5:30 until 9:00; guests must be 21 years of age.

The Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association is comprised of individually owned and operated restaurants. The members exemplify the independent spirit and culinary heritage evident in Columbus. The Association supports the success of its members by advocating and promoting events that enhance the quality of life for both residents and visitors.