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

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.
EVENT PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/events/272603249593217/

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/669230776495327/

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)!! 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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