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Local Food Week


Local Food Week 2015:
August 14th – August 22nd

Mark your calendars, as Licking County Local Food Week is just around the corner!  Taking place from August 14-22, several key events will serve as  touchstones as we celebrate the bounty of local food produced right here in Licking  County.  Here’s a preview of some of the upcoming special events:


FarmtoForkFriday, August 14: Farm to Fork Tasting and Silent Auction with the Licking Land Trust.  Please join us at the beautifully renovated Granville Inn on Friday, August 14th at 6:30pm for the Farm-to-Fork Tasting & Silent Auction to benefit the Licking Land Trust.  A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Licking County Local Food Council.   Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres sourced with ingredients from local farms and bid on silent auction items that celebrate Licking County.   Tickets to the Farm-to-Fork Tasting are $50 each and available for purchase through Paypal at


rataouilleSaturday, August 15: Picnic and a Flick (Ratatouille) with the Licking Parks District (Infirmary Mound Park Arena). Pack a local food picnic and head out to Infirmary Mound Park on Saturday, August 15 to touch trucks and tractors and watch Ratatouille under the stars! Fackler’s Country Gardens will have tractors & other equipment on display. Be sure to visit your local farmer’s market before the event to gather your picnic items. Touch a tractor runs from 5-7:30pm and the movie will begin at 8PM. Sponsored by Licking Memorial Health Systems, Licking County Local Food Council, Granville Recreation District and the Licking Park District.


foodtruckrodeo14Friday, August 21: Food Truck Festival at Dawes Arboretum.
Enjoy an evening at picturesque Dawes Arboretum and enjoy a wide variety of cuisines from local food trucks, local brewery tents plus live music. In its inaugural year, the event drew enthusiastic crowds and the 2015 event is poised to be even bigger and better.  There will be a $5 fee for parking at the event – please carpool! For details on the event, go to:

Participating food trucks include:

The Burrito Bus
Chelsea’s Real Food
Creative Catering with Kids Kafe
The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet
Kirwin’s Fork in the Road
Mixing Bowl Asian Grill
Mount Airy Beef
Poppy’s Roadside Diner
Smitty’s Real Pit BBQ
SteamRoller Bagels

With local beer & wine from:

Homestead Beer Company
Granville Brewing Company
Buckeye Lake Brewing
Sand Hollow Winery


Cyclicking RideJUST ADDED!  CycLicking is joining the Dawes Arboretum in celebrating the food truck festival on Friday August 21st. In its second year, this event boasts a variety of cuisine for purchase from local food trucks in a beautiful setting that only The Arboretum can provide. Musical entertainment, a special children’s area and a peek at how Arboretum staff and program participants are utilizing their green thumbs to grow produce for a local food bank, add to the atmosphere.

Special for CycLicking riders, the arboretum will staff a bike corral. If you ride your bike to the event you will be given free parking in the corral, thereby waiving the $5 parking fee. The first group will leave from Heath High School at 3:30 and travel down the Buckeye Scenic multi-use trail to Davis Rd. From there we will enter the Arboretum via  service drive from Davis Rd. where we will make our way to the corral and festival. With enough interest we will host a second group at 5:30 leaving from Heath High School traveling the same route. Please register for the 3:30 or 5:30 group when you sign up. This will let us gauge the number of people in each group.

To register for the CycLicking event go to:


WingWar  Saturday, August 22: WING WAR 2015 AT HOMESTEAD BEER CO. Six local restaurants face off at the Homestead   Beer Co. Brewery to determine who makes the best wings in Licking County. The competitors will face off with Classic, Original and Local recipes with prizes going to the People’s Champion as well as judged winners. In addition to 18 wings, ticket holders will receive 3 pints of beer and a commemorative pint glass. Tickets are limited and may not be available the day of the event.









The Going Green Store:  During Local Food Week, The Going Green Store will donate 10% of all local food purchases to the Licking County Local Food Council.

HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE LOCAL FOOD WEEK?  Are you a business owner, retailer or restaurant that would like to celebrate Local Food Week?  Please email with details about how you plan to feature local products from August 14-22 and we will include your information in the Licking County Local Food Week Calendar of Events (posted on Facebook,, and on printed materials).  We can also provide you with the 30 Mile Meal Logo and other art to help you publicize your participation.  DEADLINE TO BE INCLUDED IN ADVERTISING IS FRIDAY, JULY 24.

To stay up to date on all Local Food Week activities, keep an eye on this page and be sure to LIKE the Licking County Local Food Council and The Licking County 30 Mile Meal on Facebook!


RECAP: Local Food Week 2014


Local Food Week 2014 Wins Big at the Licking County Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Impact Awards”

The Licking County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau named Local Food Week as “Event of the Year” as part of its Impact Awards. The November 18 awards banquet, which took place at The Works in downtown Newark, honored local businesses, events and organizations that contribute to the county’s thriving tourism industry. The Licking County Local Food Council received the honor for its work in organizing Local Food Week, which took place August 15-22nd, 2014, and featured the wildly popular Food Truck Rodeo at Dawes Arboretum and highlighted locally-sourced  menu items offered by 13 restaurants across the county.

Accepting the Impact Award on behalf of the Licking County Local Food Council (from left to right):  Bryn Bird, Michelle Newman Brady, Erin Harvey, Susan Studer King, and Sarah Piper.

Three restaurants that participated in Local Food Week also received awards from the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau: Snapshots Lounge received the Impact Award for Food and Beverage Partner of the Year. River Road Coffee and Palumbo’s Italian Market received the Impact Award for Collaboration of the Year.

A big thanks to all of the volunteers, businesses,and partnering organizations–particularly Dawes Arboretum–that helped to make Local Food Week a success!

First Annual Licking County Local Food Week: 2014 Calendar of Events 

Licking County Local Food Week kicks off on Friday, August 15 highlighting the farms, markets, restaurants and businesses that help to put local food on our plates (and drinks in our glasses!) in Licking County.  This event is sponsored by the Licking County Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a project of the Licking County Local Food Council and its Licking County 30 Mile Meal branding project, Local Food Week brings greater access and awareness to locally grown foods and celebrates the vast variety of food grown in Licking County.

Friday, August 15th 


5:00 – 9:00 PM – Food Truck Rodeo at Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Rd., SE Newark, OH 43056

Kirwin’s Fork in the Road
SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches
Chelsea’s Real Food
Mt. Airy Beef
Toddlesquat Bakery
Homestead Beer Company
The Granville Brewing Company
Buckeye Lake Brewery

Kick off Local Food Week while enjoying a night out at one of Licking County’s gems:  Dawes Arboretum. Enjoy creative fare from food trucks featuring local ingredients and sample local craft beers from Homestead Beer Co., the Granville Brewing Co., and Buckeye Lake Brewery.  Make a night of it enjoying local live music, too.

3:00 – 6:00 PM – Newark Downtown Farmers Market on S. 3rd Street, Newark, OH

You will find fresh vegetables, fresh meat, herbs, spices, fresh bread and other baked goods, plusmany more items at this outdoor market Stop by and shop to support your local producers!

Saturday, August 16th 

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Granville Farmers Market, North Main Street, Granville, OH

Over 20+ years, the Granville Farmers Market has grown into one of Ohio’s finest with 60 local farmers, bakers and food producers.  Come stock up your fridge and join us in committing to eat local all week.

1:00 – 4:00 PM – CycLicking Local Food Ride

Join the CycLicking Tour Series as we offer up a variety of local flavor. The 9.6 mile trip will start at the Licking County Public Library on Main Street in Downtown Newark at 1 P.M. There we will visit the Newark Seed Library and learn about it’s workings. We will then continue on to the 6th Street Gardens, a public gardening space, and learn how these gardens contribute to the local sustainability culture. Then we will make one more stop in Newark before heading to the T.J. Evans Trail and making our way to Granville. Along the way a naturalist will lead a local foraging workshop. He will show you what plants are edible, and what you can do with them. In Granville a variety of restaurants are participating in Local Foods Week and have have agreed to open their doors  and provide us with samples of their local food dishes.

The ride will end in Granville around 4 P.M., but the fun doesn’t have to stop there. After the end of the ride in Granville we will be offering an additional 12 mile round-trip ride to Sunbeam Farms in Alexandria. If you chose not to ride that,  at 4 o’clock the Great Granville Picnic will be kicking off and you are more than welcome to check out what they have to offer. If not, you can head back to Newark, or head to a vehicle that you may have dropped off earlier.

As we celebrate Local Foods Week, we hope that you will join us as we arrive on the S.C.E.N.E. (Security, Community, Environment, Nutrition, and Economics) EVENT PAGE:

4:00 – 9:00 PM – The Great Granville Picnic—West Broadway, Granville

The Granville Recreational Department continues the tradition of The Great Granville Picnic, which began in 2005 as part of the Granville’s Bicentennial celebration. Gather your friends and family to join in this fun and festive community event—and  be sure to include local foods in your picnic feast!  Table judging will include a question about local foods.  Reserve your table:

7:30 PM – Joe and Mimi’s Pizzeria – Steak On The Grill

Join Chef Titus Arensburg, from the Granville Inn and Local on the Lake fame for a night of locally grilled Rib-eyes and Italian sides! Come on out to enjoy a casual evening on the porch. Best part…. BYOLB (Bring Your Own Local Booze)!! This event is RSVP only – reserve your spot by calling 740-587-0046.

Wednesday, August 20

6:00pm – “Foraging Foray: A local foraging experience”, Kraner Nature Center, Taft Reserve South, 10383 Fairview Road, Heath, OH 43056

Hosted by Janell Baran, owner/farmer of Blue Owl Garden Emporium herb farm and Blue Owl Hollow tree farm, join us for an educational hike around Taft Reserve South! They’ll cover the basics of foraging in Licking County – you can’t get much more local than that!


Restaurants throughout the county will be offering special 30 Mile Meal menu items during Local Food Week and beyond.  Be sure to look out for and order these special entrees, appetizers and salads made with locally-produced ingredients.   Whether it is a menu staple or a nightly special, you won’t get anything fresher or more delicious than these farm-to-fork meals sourced from within 30 miles of the county.

Dine to Donate

Look for special opportunities to visit your favorite restaurants and support the cause!  On select evenings, some of our Restaurant Partners will donate 20% of the proceeds from your bill to the Licking County Local Food Council.

Sunday, August 17th – 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Brews Cafe – in the NEW 3rd floor No 1 Linden Alley c 1911

Tuesday, August 19th – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Soup Loft

Wednesday, August 20th – time TBD
Moe’s Original Bar B Que

Thursday, August 21st
SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches – 5:30 – 8:00 pm
(@ Beverage Source – 1551 W. Church St., Newark, OH)

More details coming soon!

Shop to Donate

All week long, the Going Green Store will donate 10% of your total to the Licking County Local Food Council when you support three local vendors in one purchase.

30 Mile Meal Restaurant Partners

Food Trucks:
Chelsea’s Real Food
Mt. Airy Beef
Kirwins Fork in the Road


Whether you dine out at a participating restaurant or make a home-cooked meal with veggies straight from your garden, be sure to share your love of local food on social media by snapping and tagging your photos with #lickingyourplate.

Show your love of local food on social media #LICKINGYOURPLATE

Many thanks to talented local business Anne Reese Photography for the graphic design work for Licking County Local Food Week!

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