Written by: Steve Stover
Date: September 16, 2013

columbus-food-wine-affairThe Columbus Food and Wine Affair, now in its 11th year, has expanded to four different events, capped off by the Grand Tasting on Friday, September 20. The series of events support several local charities.

The Grand Tasting is one of the top food and wine events of the year. Set against the lovely backdrop of the Franklin Park Conservatory, the Grand Tasting features more than 400 wines and food from 50 of Central Ohio’s top restaurants, entertainment, and much more. The Grand Tasting takes place Friday, September 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $130 each.

Cena di Vino is an elegant five-course dinner featuring celebrity chef Deam James Max, who founded Parallel 41 in the Columbus Renaissance Hotel. Cena di Vino will be Thursday, September 19 from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Columbus downtown. Tickets are $100 each.

Discover Hospitality is the exclusive preview to the Grand Tasting, with early admission to the Grand Tasting, and special food and wine pairings from Chef Max, and Columbus restaurants such as Basi Italia, Parallel 41, Figlio Wood-Fired Pizza, and Vittoria Ristorante. The event will take place in the Columbus Community Gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory at 5 PM on September 20. Tickets are $195 each and include admission to the Grand Tasting.

The Cocktail Classic is new this year. It features a cocktail mixology competition and a tasting of premium cocktails as well as foods from top caterers, music, and artists, plus a souvenir tasting glass. The Cocktail Classic will take place Thursday, October 17 from 6 to 9 PM at the Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville Road. Tickets are $60.