Local Food Week


First Annual Licking County Local Food Week

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

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

We’ll be joining forces with the Licking Parks District and CycLicking to do a tour of various Local Food Week destinations by bicycle!  We’ll start at the Newark Branch of the Licking County Public Library to see the Seed library, and end in Granville at 4 p.m. where participants can choose to stay for the Granville Picnic, follow us on the return ride back to our starting point, or avid bikers can continue on another 6 miles to Sunbeam Family Farm for a tour of one of the farms restaurants are sourcing their local food from for Restaurant Week.  There will be multiple stops along the 10 mile route featuring tours, snacks, even breaks to point out wild edibles and what to do with them.

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: www.granvillerec.org

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)!!

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.

30 Mile Meal Restaurant Partners

Alfie’s Wholesome Foods

Brew’s Café

Buxton Inn

Denison Dining

Homestead Beer Co.

Licking Memorial Hospital café

Joe and Mimi’s Pizzeria

Mason’s Diner

Moe’s Original Bar B Que

Pulumbo’s Italian Market

River Road Coffeehouse

Seraphinea’s Coffee & Tea Works

Snapshots Lounge


The Soup Loft

Food Trucks:
Chelsea’s Real Food
SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches
Taco Sherpa
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


Would  your restaurant like to participate in the First Annual Licking County Local Food Week?  Register your establishment by filling out the form here: http://tinyurl.com/mfgdpqt  A food council representative will be in touch with you soon!