Wine tastings and bottle sales could soon be a part of summer farmers markets in Reynoldsburg.

City Council on March 11 discussed a resolution that, if approved, would waive the city's prohibition on alcohol in its public parks during the farmers market hours, allowing an Ohio winemaker to be added to the lineup of vendors.

Market organizers want to apply for an F-10 permit from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, which would allow wine samples and sealed containers to be sold by vendors with an A-2 or S permit, Parks and Recreation Department Director Donna Bauman said.

The permit would allow 1-ounce wine samples to be "sold" for a small fee -- typically around $1 or less -- and would allow the sale of bottles for off-premise consumption.

"They would sell a sample and you would be able to taste. You would not be able to purchase a glass of wine and walk the grounds with it," Bauman said.

In response to questions from council, she said no specific vendor had been identified yet but market organizers want the permit because there has been some interest.

The vendor would be responsible for checking identification and would be limited to pouring no more than five samples per person, City Attorney Jed Hood said.

The city typically waives the alcohol prohibition for other events, such as the annual Tomato Festival. The F-10 permit is a new type of license, specifically for farmers markets to help promote Ohio wineries, Hood said.

Bauman said the market plans to add only one wine vendor this season, which opens on Thursday, June 6, in Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive. The summer farmers market is scheduled to run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 5.

The proposal is expected to be discussed again at the March 25 council meeting, before a final vote in April.

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