Taste of Worthington to feature traditional, new fares
From the best filet in town to the wurst from Worthington's newest restaurant, look forward to a dish to please every palate at this year's A Taste of Worthington.
Besides food from 22 area restaurants, entertainment and games for all ages will be featured at the annual festival, which runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 20.
The food-sampling festival, attended last year by 3,500 people, will be held in the parking area of OfficeScape Corporate Center, 350 W. Wilson Bridge Road.
Worthington Jewelers and WOW! (Internet, cable and phone provider) are presenting sponsors for the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce event.
More than 50 appetizers, entrees and desserts, ranging from gourmet fare to picnic and party favorites, will be served.
Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite dishes in the friendly "People's Choice" competition.
Admission to the event is $2 per person; children younger than 6 will be admitted for free. Food prices, ranging from $1 to $7, are set to be affordable so guests can sample and compare numerous dishes.
Soft drinks, bottled water, draft beer and wine also will be sold. A mobile ATM will be placed near the beverage stations for visitors' convenience.
Food vendors will include Bravo! Cucina Italiana, Bridgewater Banquet & Conference Center, Cameron's American Bistro, Champps Americana, Cheryl's, Claudiana, Crepes a la Carte, Dairy Queen, Friendship Village of Columbus, Gallo's Pit BBQ, Graeter's, Greek Express/Acropolis, J. Gilbert's, J. Liu Restaurant & Bar, The Laurels of Norworth and The Laurels of Worthington, Mojo TaGo, Mrs. Goodman's Baking Co., Old Bag of Nails Pub, Pastimes Pub & Grill, Rivage Atlantique, Willow Brook Christian Home and Wurst und Bier.
Culinary offerings are widely varied this year, according to Kathryn Paugh, director of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.
"Some restaurants like to carry on a tradition of showcasing some of their signature dishes at A Taste of Worthington, so you can expect to find J. Gilbert's filet mignon, Cameron's walleye or lettuce wraps from J. Liu," Paugh said. "Others enjoy trying out new dishes that may become staples on their menus, like the lobster rolls from Rivage Atlantique that sold out in a short time at last year's event."
Several new restaurants in the area will showcase their menus, including Claudiana's lasagna and meatballs, a selection of bratwursts and sausages from Wurst und Bier, brisket and pork sliders from Gallo's Pit BBQ and savory salmon wellington or chicken cordon bleu crepes from Crepes a la Carte.
Award-winning chefs from the kitchens at area assisted-living facilities will add to the menu.
Live music will be performed by Chasing Buckley, a local band.
The Columbus Crew will offer a family activity area with several interactive features. Other family fun includes a supervised children's play area, cornhole competitions for children and adults, conducted by Young Professionals of Worthington, a bounce house and a caricature artist.
In addition to the presenting sponsors, event partners and corporate sponsors include ThisWeek Community News, Anthony Lordo, D.D.S., Friendship Village of Columbus, Insight Bank, Keller Williams Capital Partners/LaBuda Advantage Real Estate Team, Let's Bounce, Magic Cruises, Mid-American Mortgage Solutions, Paradigm Properties of Ohio, PNC Worthington branch, Chasing Buckley, city of Worthington, Coach Quarters, Columbus Crew, Goddard School, Sam's Club, Telhio Credit Union, Tilton's Automotive Service and Worthington City Schools.
The event is held rain or shine. For more information about A Taste of Worthington, call 614-888-3040 or visit the calendar of events on the chamber's website: worthingtonchamber.org.