10 ways to eat your way through the month of June

Published: Sunday, June 04, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

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As summer shifts into full gear, it will get harder to keep up with all of the events happening in town.

June is a month of food celebrations in honor of some of my favorite things — it’s national candy month, dairy month, fresh fruit and vegetables month, national iced tea month, papaya month and so much more.
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Those milestones don’t begin to scratch the surface on what the month of June has in store when it comes to food.

Here is my list of 10 can’t miss dining events for the month of June to mark your calendars for.

The perfect dessert awaits at The Banana Split Festival in Wilmington. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Who invented the banana split? If you ask anyone in Wilmington, Ohio it was Ernest Hazard in 1907. The annual Banana Split Festival celebrates the birthplace of the banana split. Festival goers will enjoy plenty of food booths and craft and collectible booths promoting the 50s and 60s, a classic car cruise in, games for the entire family, and free entertainment. But the highlight for most will be the “build your own” banana split booth. No surprise there.

1326 Fife Ave., Wilmington


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There is a reason these chicken dinners sell out year after year at Poultry Days in Versailles. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)


Poultry Days, an annual community festival that began in 1952 to celebrate the Versailles history as a leading poultry producer, is held the second full weekend in June each year. Arrive early to enjoy one of the town’s 25,000 World Famous chicken dinners they will be preparing. After you eat, the festival will have plenty to stop and enjoy including the 36th annual Ultimate Frisbee Tournament, which is one of the top tournaments in the nation, plus the Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days Contests.

459 S. Center St., Versailles


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The Seventh Annual Rock ‘n’ Green Tomato Festival held in Miamisburg is everything that an outdoor festival should be — contests, tournaments, live music, vendors and plenty of food including fried green tomatoes. Held at Riverfront Park, it’s a perfect destination to bike to if you are looking to make an entire day of it.

Riverfront Park, Miamisburg


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To say that this is a favorite event would be a massive understatement. This all-day festival features entertainment, street performers, fine arts & crafts, clothing, jewelry, fair trade items and a wide variety of food ranging from Vietnamese shish-kabob to Mexican empanadas to Thai wraps to hot dogs.

Downtown Yellow Springs


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Ohio-based gourmet grilled-cheese restaurant chain Melt Bar & Grilled will open its first Dayton-area location at the Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek, Melt officials announced this morning.(McMullen Kelly/www.mydaytondailynews.com)


The Mall at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek will be home to the eighth MELT location. The beloved gourmet grilled-cheese spot that operates out of a chain based in Cleveland, will be a hot ticket serving up hot sandwiches. The MELT pierogis ($7) alone topped with sautéed onions, fresh napa vodka kraut, shredded cheddar and sour cream are a cause for celebration.

2727 Fairfield Commons, Beavercreek


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Jungle Jim’s Market named one of the best beer stores in America. Founder Jim Bonaminio is seen here serving drinks at the store in 2013. STAFF FILE PHOTO(Staff Writer)


This huge craft beer festival features more than 100 breweries and more than 400 beers. Tickets come with a modest meal including a BBQ beef sandwich, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad, and a bottle of water. But it’s not the food you came for. Purchase tickets online now as they will sell-out.

5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield


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Anne Kearney. Staff file photo by Jim Witmer


Be prepared to sip, swill, or slam some beer while Chris Hutson from the Yellow Springs Brewery and Caleb Perry from Bar Dumaine enlighten you on your adult beverages. Chef Anne Kearney will also be coming out to the tables in between making each of your courses to say hello and fill you in on the food you will be enjoying. Courses paired with special beers include Salad of watercress, raspberries, pistachio laden goat cheese medallion, sweet-n-sour fennel vinaigrette, a horseradish emulsion dressed Gulf shrimp with roasted golden beets, pickled red onion and herb salad; fresh fish en papillote, preserved lemon, EVOO yukon confit, and Jamestown pea shoots; beer braised beef short rib, red onion marmalade, Tuscan kale, pickled mustard seeds and orange kissed pavlova, blueberries, Madagascar vanilla-black pepper pastry cream. Tickets are $60. Please call and make reservations.

1061 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton


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In honor of Kettering’s sister city, Steyr, Austria, the Kettering Sister City Association presents a Spass Nacht — translation, fun night. Authentic food, beverages, polka music from the Charon Polka Band and other live entertainment will take place throughout Lincoln Park.The Chardon Polka Band will bring their own tunes into the mix along with polka-pop covers of artists like Justin Bieber and Lady Ga Ga, so get ready for some fun while you do your Oktoberfest pregaming.

695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Dayton



The Miami Valley Restaurant Association is launching a new festival this year to join its lineup of other successful festivals including the Kickin Chicken Wing Festival (happening July 8) and Bacon Fest (happening Aug. 20). The title says it all — sliders, sides and suds will be ever present. More than a dozen restaurants are expected to participate including Amber Rose, Basil’s, The Dock, elé Cake Co. Bistro & Wine Bar, El Meson, Giovanni’s, Mr. Boro’s Tavern, Roost, Tank’s Bar & Grill, Wandering Griffin and 1776 Grill. Live music will provide the electric soundtrack for the day from the Lincoln Park stage.

695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Dayton


Mudlick Tap House is gearing up for a mid-April opening. MARK FISHER/STAFF(Staff Writer)


Mudlick Taphouse will take the successful from-scratch menu and impressive list of craft beer and cocktails they developed and perfected at their Germantown location and apply it on a much larger scale in the location they will open at the end of the month at 135 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton.

Mudlick founders Jennifer Dean and Forrest Williams recently wrote on social media: “We don’t think of Mudlick Tap House as ‘ours’…we think of it as ‘OURS’…from our extremely talented culinary team that works every day to deliver their creative, mindfully sourced dishes, our service team who seeks to create a unique experience for every guest that walks through our door, to all of our guests that consider the Tap House amongst one of their favorite places for high-end beer and cocktails with chef-inspired food. We are excited for the next chapter and even more excited to become part of the booming downtown scene!”

With vision like that this will be one to visit sooner rather than later.

135 E. Second St., Dayton


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Festival season officially kicks off this weekend with SWEET treats

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.
Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Get ready for it! Festival season is officially upon us.

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It all starts with Bellbrook’s Sugar Maple Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, April 27-29. 

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This year’s Sugar Maple Festival marks the 40th anniversary. Here are a few things to know before you go:

Take the free shuttle to the festival from Bellcreek Intermediate School, 3777 Upper Bellbrook Road. Parking will be virtually non-existent downtown. 

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.


Grub vendors and 75 craft peddlers will line Franklin Street. Everything from candles to fabric crafts to window art will be up for grabs.

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Warped Wing, Yellow Springs Brewery and Angry Orchard brews and booze will be for sale in the beer tent near the live music. Friday night’s kickoff event will include music from Full Frontal. On Saturday, Spungewurthy takes the stage.

As for the food, you can expect local food trucks and tent setups offering an array of flavors and foods.

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The annual pancake breakfast is set for 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Bellbrook United Methodist Church, 47 E. Franklin St. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children older than 2. Family admission is $15.


The Sugar Maple Festival Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The Mini Sweetheart Parade is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bellbrook Park. 


Kids, teens and adults will be able to submit entries for a recycled sculpture contest. All entries will be displayed during the festival weekend. First, second and third place winners will receive a cash prize; all others receive a participation ribbon. For guidelines and entry details, visit the event Facebook page. Commemorative tees will also be available at the information booth and beer garden for $15. 

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There will also be “Real Housewives of Bellbrook” themed steins, which grants a free beer. But only 25 will be available for sale Friday. These steins are available for presale and can be ordered through SMFPreOrders@gmail.com.

Another stein option will be available in limited quantities at the festival — also offering free beer with its purchase. No pre-sale options are available for the second stein.  

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Festival season is officially here! Scenes from the 39th annual Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival, which took place April 21-13, 2017.

Dogs will get their chance to strut their stuff at the festival’s annual dog show Friday at 6:30 p.m. This show is not about breed or agility. Awards will be given out for for important things, like cutest puppy, cutest dog, ugliest, smallest, largest, best costume and silly dog tricks 

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Want to go?

WHAT: Bellbrook Sugar Maple Festival

WHEN: April 27 to 29

WHERE: Downtown Bellbrook, Ohio (1 W. Franklin St.)

COST: Entrance to festival is free; pancake breakfast is $7 for adults, $4 for children older than 2, $15 for family admission.

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The region’s premiere arts event showcases the best Dayton has to offer

Published: Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

Andy Snow
(Andy Snow)

The Dayton Visual Arts Center is gearing up for its 24th Annual Art Auction at The David H. Ponitz Center at Sinclair Community College, and Dayton’s art community is feeling the excitement. 

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“There are a lot of artists that live in this community, but there are not a lot of opportunities for artists to show and exhibit and sell their work to the public,” said Eva Buttacavoli, executive director of DVAC. “So the auction becomes important to show off the rich talent we have in the community.”

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(Contributed DVAC)

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DVAC’s mission is to open the door for Dayton to have a closer relationship with art. The center helps sustain the arts community by providing a place to show, market and sell work. All the money raised goes to educational programs and events through the center. 

(Contributed DVAC)

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As Dayton’s premiere arts event draws nearer, the public continues to catch glimpses of the stellar works up for auction. Buttacavoli said attendees will not only get to sip and snack on “heavy hors d’oeuvres while taking in some of Dayton’s most dazzling accomplishments, but they’ll get to rub shoulders with the artists themselves and hear what inspires them.”

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Approximately 120 works, including paintings, photographs, prints, glass, jewelry and more will be for sale, so anyone can purchase a piece of fine, Dayton-made art. Featuring a variety of different mediums, styles and processes, there is certain to be a piece that speaks to you. 

silent auction for most works will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the live auction is set to take place from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The live auction will feature 14 pieces from some of Dayton’s most notable artists, including Annie Bowers, Virginia Burroughs, Ron Rollins and Terry Welker. 

(Contributed/ DVAC)

Brand new this year is Silent Auction Mobile Bidding, where anyone can bid on pieces with their smartphone -- from anywhere

“No more paper bid sheets, crowded auction areas or complicated check out ... If you can’t attend the event, you can log in remotely from anywhere and bid on the perfect piece of art for your home or office,” Buttacavoli said. 

“Mobile bidding will be available at no charge to event ticket holders beginning April 22. People not attending the event may bid on items beginning at 6:30 p.m. the evening of the Auction with a $10 donation,” according to a DVAC press release. 

For more information about the Mobile Bidding experience, as well as registration, visit daytonvisualarts.org.

(Contributed DVAC)

Signature to DVAC’s auction and differing from many arts events, it’s a casual attire event with an affordable ticket price. Tickets are $50 for DVAC members, $60 for nonmembers and $75 at the door. 


WHAT: Dayton Visual Arts Center 24th Annual Art Auction

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday, April 27

WHERE: Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center, 

444 W Third St., downtown Dayton

INFO & TICKETS: www.daytonvisualarts.org | 937-224-3822

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Dayton food truck giants to face off in Battle of the Breakfasts

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED
The Drunken Waffle will start serving brunch every Sunday starting in April. CONTRIBUTED(HANDOUT)

There will be no losers in this battle. Only full bellies.

Returning for Round 2 of the Battle of the Breakfasts, the Ghostlight Coffee Truck and Son of a Biscuit are hosting all 2018 battles at White Allen Chevrolet on North Main Street. Reigning champs of the first Breakfast Battle back in November, Son of a Biscuit, will be facing off against Greek Street Food Truck.

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“We had a great time at our first battle last November,” said Brad Manning, owner and operator of Son of a Biscuit. “The ladies at Drunken Waffle gave us a real run for our money, and we’re expecting more delicious competition from Greek Street this month.”

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Son of a Biscuit and The Drunken Waffle will square off in the first ever Battle of the Breakfasts. The event is presented by Ghostlight Coffee and Son of a Biscuit. Pictured: food from Son of a Biscuit.(Submitted)

The battle will be officiated by Ghostlight Coffee Truck, which also will be serving up coffee to go with breakfast. 

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The truck with the most sales will get “Best Breakfast” bragging rights and will go on to face a new competitor in May. 

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Greek Street Food Truck's Baklava(Alex Perry)


WHAT: Battle of the Breakfasts Round 2

WHEN: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Sunday, April 29

WHERE: White Allen Chevrolet, 429 N. Main St., Dayton

INFO: Facebook

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Janet Jackson extends tour to include a stop very close to home 

Published: Monday, April 23, 2018 @ 12:34 PM

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Janet Jackson is coming to Cincinnati this summer during her State of the World Tour.

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The newly announced U.S. dates will kick off July 11 in Austin, Texas, and visit cities across the country including Cincinnati at Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, July 15.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Tickets range in price from $26.45 to $996.50.

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Citi credit card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. until Thursday, April 26 at 10 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® program

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With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits yielding 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

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Want to go?

WHAT: Janet Jackson
WHERE: Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave, Cincinnati

WHEN: 8 p.m. July 15

TICKETS: 1.800.745.3000 | Ticketmaster

INFO: Website

*While supplies last. Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.

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