Patrons of the Dublin Arts Council's annual Garden Party will have no excuse or gripe if they leave the event hungry, because food and sweets will be available from 15 different central Ohio vendors.

Because food and drinks are provided, funds received from ticket sales go directly to DAC programming, said David Guion, the Arts Council's executive director.

"It's a huge contribution from these restaurants in the area," he said.

The Arts Council's biggest annual fundraiser will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. May 5 in the Conference Center at OCLC, 6600 Kilgour Place in Dublin.

Vendors offering food and spirits include 101 Beer Kitchen, BJ's Brew House, Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, the Coffee Mess, Hinkley's Steakhouse & Spirits, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, La Chatelaine French Bakery & Bistro, Local Roots, Mezzo, the Morgan House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, the Pint Room and PokeBap. Food from the conference center caterer will also be provided.

Guion said the event typically raises a little more than $30,000 each year, which allows the Arts Council to continue its educational programming, exhibitions and events.

The Arts Council provides discounted classes as well as field trips for students to see the majority of its exhibitions, he said.

"It goes to all of our programming," he said.

Proceeds will also help fund educational programming for the Bread! Festival slated for Oct. 21 in Historic Dublin, Guion said.

In addition to food, the Garden Party will feature two wine bars and beer provided by Great Lakes Brewing Co., Guion said, and musical entertainment.

About 300 people usually attend each year, Guion said.

"It's a decent-sized event," he said.

Artwork is a central part of the event's silent auction, Guion said, and Arts Council officials worked with the Columbus College of Art and Design to acquire artwork from young emerging artists.

Much of the art also comes from those who have exhibited at the gallery, Guion said.

The Arts Council focuses on gathering items from central Ohio and nearby locations in a variety of media including ceramics, glass, photography, wood and watercolor, he said.

"It's a big mix, and it's a big focus," Guion said.

The silent auction is also augmented by donations from local businesses and restaurants, said Bryan Faller, president of the Arts Council board of trustees.

This year, items will include jewelry, golf packages and gift baskets featuring restaurant, athletic memberships and hotel deals.

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