OK, this isn't the kind of Christmas that brings a fat guy with a bunch of stuff - March brings the first of the year's Ohio Market Festival at Hills Market. Anyone who's ever experienced competitive sampling at Costco ain't seen nothing like this. And the awesome part is that Hills is now doing it three times a year to give more Ohio producers a chance to show off their yumminess!
We waited a little late in the day to head to Worthington - it was around 1:00 and the event ended at 2:00. See - that's better for our waistlines - there's no WAY to hit every sample station when there's a beer tasting involved. The nice thing was that the crowds had thinned out and I got a chance to say hi to Bethia Woolf. She's the founder of Columbus Food Adventures (rolling my pennies) and one of the best food bloggers in the area. I'm more of a stay-at-home-and-cook kind of gal, but I love reading her reviews and she's convincing enough to make me want to go to Happy Hour again.
On to the Ohio foods at Hills Market. Oh - wait. Let's start with Ohio brews - Rockmill Brewery. I love beer - more importantly, I love craft ales. From a farm near Lancaster come four beautiful Belgian-style ales. Organic grains, hops and malts combined with a natural spring deliver something special. We tasted all four of Rockmill's offerings - poured and described by brewer Matthew - and had a hard time picking a favorite to carry home. The man won and I have a bottle of Saisson awaiting the perfect moment.
|Saisson Organic Farmhouse Ale: Ohio-made from Rockmill Brewery|
|From Blue Jacket Dairy, near Bellefontaine|
|I thought about a drizzle on some Chipotle-inspired (the restaurant) burritos.|
|Not too sweet and no overpowering fake-smoke taste.|
Gold'N Krisp doesn't have their own web presence but - did you know there was a chip of the month club?
|YUMMY! Potato Chips!|