The eighth annual Taste of Grandview Heights is being held a few weeks earlier this year in an attempt to avoid another tackle from Mother Nature.
Along with sampling menu items from more than 20 area restaurants and food vendors, visitors to the Sept. 14 event also will be able to watch the OSU-California football game on a 26-foot screen.
"We've traditionally held the Taste of Grandview on the first Sunday of October, but we've had to deal too often with rain, sleet, snow and wind -- you name it," said Michelle Wilson, executive director of the Grandview Chamber of Commerce, the event's sponsor.
The day of the event also has been changed from Sunday to Saturday.
"With the beer garden we have now, we thought last year people would enjoy coming out to watch the NFL and enjoy some beer along with the food," Wilson said. "But we had a lot of people tell us afterwards they didn't want to drink on a Sunday, so we've moved it to a Saturday when there's an away OSU game and turning the Taste into a giant tailgate party."
The event will get underway at 4 p.m. at the southeast corner of Grandview Avenue and Goodale Boulevard.
Admission is free, but visitors will need to purchase food samples from the individual vendors and tickets and wristbands to purchase beverages from the beer garden, which is being presented by the Ohio Taproom.
"Everything else -- the children's activities, live music and the tailgate party -- are free," Wilson said.
At least 21 vendors will offer samples of their cuisine.
"We have so many restaurants in the Grandview area and an unbelievable amount of them are not chain restaurants," Wilson said. "Grandview is known for that and for having so many great restaurant options. Here's a chance to sample many of them in one place."
The children's activities area is sponsored by Petals and Leaves and will include balloon art, face-painting and a bounce house with a slide, she said.
Northstar Animal Care will sponsor a pet park for this year's Taste of Grandview.
"People have often asked us if the Taste of Grandview is pet-friendly, and with the pet park, people will be able to drop their dogs off in a fenced-in area where they can run around and have access to water and treats," Wilson said.