Uptown Columbus launches Foodie Festival, announces event schedule

sokamoto@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 2, 2013 

Besides the usual fall concert series, various runs, motorcycle festival and Arts on the River, new this fall in downtown Columbus is Uptown's Foodie Festival.

This event will include food from local restaurants and other vendors as well as Atlanta-area food trucks in the Woodruff Riverfront Park (where 10th Street ends) on Oct. 19. It will be from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets in advance are $5 and will be sold at the Springer Opera House, 103 10th St. through Oct. 18. Starting Oct. 19 and at the door, tickets are $10. Food and drinks can be purchased separately. Children 12 and younger get in free.

"We've been talking about this for about six months," said event director Stephanie Woodham. "We've had a good response from the restaurants and local vendors."

Woodham calls the Foodie Festival "a celebration of food and local food in particular. We're hoping to grow it into a local food festival."

Local performers Peggy Jenkins & the Bizness will perform, along with two other acts to be announced, Woodham said.

There will also be a Dunk-a-Dude booth, where volunteers are willing to get wet to raise funds for the Valley Interfaith Promise.

Foodie Festival is a family event, with a Kids' Zone featuring inflatables and cotton candy.

The Fourth annual Beer and Wine Festival, on the other hand, is strictly for those ages 21 and older, Woodham said.

This event is Sept. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Rankin Courtyard between Broadway and First Avenue with the entrance at the Tap, 1024 Broadway.

There will be more than 100 craft beers and wine that can be sampled.

Tickets are $30 in advance until Sept. 27. From Sept. 28 and at the gate, tickets are $35. As with the Foodie Festival, tickets are available at the Springer Opera House.

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