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Best Food-Themed Festival Jazz & Rib Fest The food and music capture the most eyeballs (and taste buds and eardrums), but there are also vendors, children’s entertainment and the annual Color Run to enjoy.

Best Drink-Themed Festival Grove City Town Center Wine and Arts Festival This year marked the seventh anniversary for the Wine and Arts Festival in Grove City Town Center, and featured more than 20 wineries, including Grove City’s own Plum Run Winery and attached Grove City Brewing Company.

Best Suburban Fourth of July Celebration Dublin The big Independence Day celebration that in years past has featured the likes of Pat Benatar, Smokey Robinson and Huey Lewis & the News will be headlined this year by Peter Frampton.

Best Ethnic Festival Food

Best Charitable Gala Zoofari Adults get the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium all to themselves, and more than 100 restaurants are on hand to offer samples and drinks, meaning this event would be a draw even if it weren’t a major fundraiser for the zoo.

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Photos courtesy of Randall L. Schieber (Jazz & Rib Fest) and Grahm S. Jones (Zoofari)

Schmidt’s Bahama Mama, Oktoberfest It’s a good thing the cream puffs weren’t also nominated. Readers would have had a real Solomon’s choice trying to pick a winner.

CityScene Magazine July 2017  
CityScene Magazine July 2017