Five Essential Food & Drink Experiences For First-Time Visitors To Columbus – Forbes

Five Essential Food & Drink Experiences For First-Time Visitors To Columbus – Forbes

Columbus is the second-largest city in the Midwest based on population, trailing only behind … [+] Chicago.


Ohio may not be the nation’s most esteemed state when it comes to the world of food and drink, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any culinary gems found across the Buckeye State. With roughly 900,000 people living within Columbus city limits, Ohio’s sprawling capital has developed a surprisingly complex dining scene that represents a massive array of cultures and nations—and that’s before getting into the incredible breweries and distilleries to be discovered along the way. If you’re planning a trip to Columbus some time in 2022, don’t miss out on these incredible food and drink-focused experiences.

Sample World-Class Spirits Just North of Downtown

Middle West was officially founded in 2008.

Middle West Spirits

Top-quality craft distilleries have been popping up all throughout North America over the past few years, and Ohio is no exception. Case in point—Middle West Spirits, a polished venue that prides itself on crafting products that reflect the rich history and culture of the Buckeye State. Over the past few years, Middle West has mastered the craft of barrel-aged spirits, offering a diverse portfolio of bourbons and whiskies made from Ohio-grown wheat, with the Dark Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey and Bourbon Cream being two particularly flavorful selections. Not a huge fan of dark spirits? No worries—the OYO Stone Fruit Vodka and Vim & Petal Dry Gin are two unaged options that perform perfectly in a cocktail or served on their own.

Gain Some New Kitchen Skills with an Expert-Led Cooking Class

The Seasoned Farmhouse is known for its Love Spice Blend, a house-made mixture of twelve different … [+] spices.

The Seasoned Farmhouse

Drinking and dining is a great way to spend your time in Columbus, but if you’re looking to brush up on your culinary skills, look no further than The Seasoned Farmhouse. Founded by French Culinary Institute alum Chef Tricia Wheeler, this esteemed operation offers a wealth of cooking classes highlighting cuisines and cooking styles from across the globe—and to sweeten the deal, many of the ingredients used are sourced right there from the lush on-property garden. Whether you choose to enroll in a course dedicated to Balkan cuisine, spring for a class on the art of pho making, or dive headfirst into the world of crafting decadent comfort food, you’re sure to come away with a new knowledge set to bring back home to your friends and family.

Immerse Yourself in the Columbus Craft Beer Scene

The Columbus Ale Trail is home to over 50 different breweries.

Land-Grant Brewing

If you’re hoping to familiarize yourself with Columbus and maybe meet a few locals along the way, a cross-city brewery crawl …….


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