By Kimberly StolzPublished April 1, 2012
Mark your calendars! The food fanatics at the Columbus Truck & Cart Fest have announced a date change-up: The Columbus Food Truck & Cart Fest has been rescheduled from May 25th to Friday, July 13th. The Columbus Commons event will be an all-day affair featuring over 50 trucks and better logistics.
The sun has reared its baldhead earlier than usual this year and the mobile food vendors couldn’t be happier. If you’re having a hard time digesting everyone’s Twitter feeds and Facebook updates, the OhioFoodTruckFinder.com has come to the rescue. A one-stop-shop for all the mobile munchie messages, the site not only features Cbus favorites, but Cleveland and Cincy as well for that spur-of-the-moment road trip. The website is so up-to-date, you can read feeds from trucks whose rubber has barely hit the road. Get updates on new area burger rollers Hungry Monkey and Street Thyme so you can be there when the beef hits the street.
Speaking of burgers, Columbus is spiking on the ground meat front yet again. After the one-two patty punch of Five Guys and Graffiti slid into town, the Flip Side has thrown its bun into the ring. Hailing from Hudson, this Ohio-bred burger bounty opened at Easton last month to rave reviews from burger-heads that flocked to the joint. Already basking in the national spotlight for its appearance on Food Network’s Unique Eats, Flip Side certainly feeds at the trough of grass-feed beef, but also mixes it up a bit with items like the Louisiana “Laughing Bird” Shrimp burger and a veggie burger nestled between chickpea patties instead of a bun.
Reaching back to the foodways of past generations, food fans of today are doing everything from canning to making their own cheese – all within the confines of their homes. Some are merely dipping a toe into the pond of urban-homesteading via container gardening, while others have dived into the retro-waters complete with chicken coop, square-foot gardening and ink-jet-printed jam labels. Add another notch to your kitchen DIY belt by taking the sausage making class at Bluescreek Farm Meats in the North Market. Starting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25th, the mad butchers of the NoMa will break down half-a-hog and school participants in the finer ways of pork shoulder butt boning. After grinding, picking up seasoning tips, students will “link” their sausages and take home a bundle. To register, visit www.bluescreekfarmmeats.com.
Since Middle West Spirits opened in the not-so-distant past, awards and accolades have rained down on the local micro-distillery like confetti at a convention. Just last month the OYO crew was featured in Popular Mechanics magazine. Huh? Right. Popular Mechanics has not suddenly switched to covering the cocktail culture, no, it featured Middle West in an article highlighting it as one of five of the “World’s Most High-Tech Distilleries” for its usage of the Germn Kothe pot-combination still. Translation: That really cool copper contraption that sits front and center at the Courtland Avenue distillery? Well, now it has the Popular Mechanics stamp of awesome.