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It’s Holiday Lights Fever around here!!! We’re just five days (and counting down) from Gahanna, Ohio’s 2014 Holiday Lights Parade & Celebration and everything is lining up to make it look like the BEST Holiday Lights festival EVER! The Sunday, November 23 date was picked to accommodate families and bring the community together in a new way, kicking off six-weeks of holiday fun in Gahanna.
For the first time in our history, the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) is COMBINING two beloved community events—the Holiday Lights Parade AND the Holiday Tree Lighting—into one big family friendly celebration! And the GCVB team has been busier than Santa’s elite elf squad, going over details for this Sunday’s busy schedule of activities.
The streets of Olde Gahanna & the Creekside District will be filled with family activities from 5-8 pm, so you’ll want to chart your adventure. Below are some of our “Must See & Do” recommendations. (Download a complete list of Sunday’s activities at www.GahannaHolidayLights.com)
Sun. November 23
We’ll share some last-minute parade tips on this blog later this week, so stop back. Meanwhile, check out www.VisitGahanna.com for details or call 614/418-9114 with questions. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/VisitGahanna) for special announcements!
See ya Sunday!
One of the most delicious spots in Gahanna just got a little sweeter. Koko Tea Salon & Bakery, named 614 Magazine’s ColumBEST bakery TWO years in a row, is now serving lunch. And we’re not talking just a simple sandwich or cup of soup, but delicious gourmet creations with names that will have your mouth watering before your mid-morning coffee break.
Owner Ava Misseldine taps her Hawaiian roots with an amazing “Luau BBQ Rotisserie Chicken” made with her Dad’s famous Luau BBQ sauce, plus cheddar cheese, red onion and red cabbage slaw. Then there’s the “Blue Moon” (made with aged roast beef, bleu cheese, caramelized onions, baby spinach, Roma tomato and rosemary mayo); the “Turkey Prime” (oven roasted turkey, sautéed mushrooms & onions, baby Swiss, Roma tomatoes & spinach) and the “Mediterranean Veggie” (homemade hummus, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, Roma tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives & feta).
Wanna talk salads? The Thai Chicken delivers Ginger Thai rotisserie chicken, mandarin oranges, slice almonds, goat cheese, pickled beets, baby spinach, sesame seeds and homemade Asian sesame dressing. Summer Market features strawberries, shaved sweet potato, asparagus, baby spinach, goat cheese, pecans and homemade raspberry Cabernet vinaigrette.
And I’m pretty sure it would be illegal to leave Koko without indulging in one of the to-die-for cupcakes (Red Velvet, Berry Lavender, Salted Caramel and many other amazing flavors), brownies, Macarons or truffles.
Koko is a Tea Salon too, so be sure to sample one of the amazing blends—hot or iced. Not a tea drinker? Try the house Kona coffee.
Now, THAT redefines lunch –right?!
~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager Gahanna OH Convention and Visitors Bureau To learn more about Gahanna’s many great restaurants, pubs, shopping and attractions, check out VisitGahanna.com
This summer may be on the cool side in the weather department, but the Creekside Live concerts in Gahanna are heating up. This season, the Gahanna Ohio Department of Parks & Recreation has welcomed The Reaganomics, the John Schwab Duo, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Soul Kitchn and more.
“With the beautiful setting at Creekside there is no better park venue in Central Ohio to enjoy live music,” said Zac Guthrie, Recreation Supervisor for Gahanna Parks & Recreation.
“Because of the support from last year’s sponsors [Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation (GPRF), Strathmore Development Co. and Yuengling], we were able to bring in local talents such as the Reaganomics and The Floorwalkers who were named 614 Magazine’s best cover band and local band.”
This summer has been bigger and better by featuring two live bands per date and additional community partners. The community has really come together to support the event as well. New this summer is an opening act beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the headliner, beginning at 8 p.m. The crowds this season have continued to grow as word spreads about the fun this concert series brings to the Creekside District in Olde Gahanna.
Be sure to get to Creekside early on August 8 as Cliff Cody, a former contestant on the popular new show, Rising Stars on ABC, takes the stage at 6 p.m. Cody is a rising country star from southwest Ohio. A Gahanna favorite, SWAGG, follows at 8 p.m.
The series wraps up on Friday, August 22 with the Jonalee White Band at 6 p.m. and the Spike Drivers at 8 p.m.
Concert-goers are encouraged to bring friends, family and co-workers to Creekside Park during this exciting event to enjoy all the area has to offer, including paddleboat rides on the Big Walnut Creek, boutique shops and a variety of restaurants at Creekside and Olde Gahanna. Parking is free in the Creekside garage.
The concert series is made possible through partnerships with the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation (GPRF), Strathmore Development Co., Yuengling. New partners this year include Gahanna Rotary, Funtrail Vehicle Accessories, Lew Griffin Insurance and Sound Perfection. Alcohol sales help cover the cost of event expenses, while net proceeds benefit the GPRF, a 501c3 organization providing camp scholarships, park improvements and public art to the Gahanna community.
6 p.m. – Cliff Cody (Acoustic Covers)
8 p.m. – SWAGG (Party Variety)
6 p.m. – Jonalee White Band (Country)
8 p.m. – The Spike Drivers (Americana Rock)
~Post by Beth McCollam, Public Information Officer for the City of Gahanna Department of Parks & Recreation
What has 45 points of interest, culinary inspiration, health and wellness indulgences, breathtaking gardens AND provides a celebration for the senses? Gahanna’s Herbal Trail! Launched in 2012, the Herbal Trail celebrates Gahanna’s designation as the “Herb Capital of Ohio” (named so in 1972, thanks to the perseverance of one little lady: Bunnie Geroux).
Every week, the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau receives calls from visitors who want to “walk the Herbal Trail.” Now, technically this could be possible (although you’d be really tired, because there are many miles between all 45 attractions), but it’s best to customize an itinerary for yourself (or your group). Consider your time frame (i.e. one hour, an afternoon, all day?) and which stops appeal most to you. The fun combinations are limitless. Need some examples?
These are just a few examples of Herbal Trail itineraries. Additionally, the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau has a variety of experiences created specifically for groups. Need some cool ideas for VIP team-building activities for your corporate/meeting group? How about entertaining your bridal party, family reunion group or scout troop with a tour they wouldn’t be able to do on their own? Yep, we got that.
In 2013, the Visitors Bureau launched an ambitious marketing effort to attract Group Tours to Gahanna, based on … guess what? The Herbal Trail! And the result has paid off. In just a few short months, we’ve booked 10 tours to Ohio’s Herb Capital, coming from as far away as Missouri. Just last week, we hosted a group of 57 people who took part in our “Herbal Trailblazers” experience, visited the Ohio Herb Education Center, dined at our restaurants and visited a local farm. In addition to leaving with lots of Gahanna souvenirs, gifts and treats—the group went home with some wonderful memories of Gahanna, Ohio and the unique experiences they had here.
To learn more about the Herbal Trail partners, experiences and itinerary ideas, explore VisitGahanna.com or call the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800/424-2662.
Word is out: Gahanna is becoming known as more than just the Herb Capital of Ohio. It’s quickly gaining recognition as a great destination for craft beer lovers.
101 Beer Kitchen. The latest brew house to adopt Gahanna as its new home is 101 Beer Kitchen. Owners Thad and Jessica Kittrell launched their first 101BK location on the northwest side of Columbus about two years ago. That success soon had them seeking an ideal spot on the east side of town. That’s when they discovered the 5,000 sq. ft. storefront at 397 Stone Ridge Lane—which will open later this year.
“We chose Gahanna, and this location in particular, because in a sea of chains we wanted to bring some fresh local flair and an option for the young professional, family or empty nester who simply enjoys eating and learning about great food and beer to pair,” Jessica said. “Every 101BK staff member is passionate about our products and the education thereof and we are looking forward to bringing something different to the east side.”
In addition to the many great craft beers that patrons will find on tap at 101BK, all of the food is made from scratch. The menu changes quarterly, incorporating great seasonal flavors. A few signature items stay on the menu year-round (due to customer demand). Favorites include house-made pretzels (baked fresh, topped with sea salt and caraway and served with a beer cheese spread) and 101BK’s amazing tater tots—fresh potatoes, deep fried and topped with cheddar, pork croutons, Sriracha cream and scallions. “Sinful and delicious little nuggets of happiness,” according to Jessica.
Pigskin Brewing Company Central Ohio craft brew buffs are anxiously awaiting the September opening of new startup beer brewery, Pigskin Brewing Company at 81 Mill St. in Gahanna’s Creekside Entertainment District.
The sports/football themed brewery will feature a Taproom with many of Columbus’s best local beers, and will showcase several house recipes. According to the owners, “It will be the ideal spot to come watch the game, celebrate after a day of dominating work, or just to kick back and enjoy the high quality beer you deserve.” Fans will be able to wear their PBC devotion by purchasing authentic Pigskin gear.
Local Cantina, Signatures & More Currently, Gahanna offers several other nice spots to unwind with friends over a great beer and good food, including …
Creekside Local Cantina, (101 Mill St. at Creekside Plaza) offering a wide variety of craft beers, finely crafted tequila and hand crafted tacos (fish, chicken, beef, carnitas, BLT, shrimp, veggie & “truck style”). Check out Taco Tuesday (all tacos $2, all day) or a Happy Hour 4-7pm Monday-Friday.
Signatures Mill Stone Tavern, ( 94 Mill St.), a long-time local favorite, has recently become an even better place—thanks to new owners Tim Latorre and Corey Pearce. On nearly any given day, Signatures has at least 30 beers on tap—not to mention a variety of specialty shots and cocktails. (“Signatini,” anyone?) Add into the mix a nice menu featuring great pizza, wings, burgers and more; plus live music and a popular patio–and you have all the ingredients for a fun night out with friends. Check the Signatures website for event info including 80s Ladies Night Thursdays and other fun happenings.
So what does all this mean for Gahanna? We asked Cheryl Harrison, editor of Drink Up Columbus, for her take on it.
“It’s exciting to see Gahanna coming into its own as a craft beer destination,” she said. “With Dublin’s acclaimed 101BK and a brand new brewery joining established beer bars and events like the Gahanna BrewFest, Central Ohioans who love craft beer are sure to flock to Gahanna.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications Manager Gahanna OH Convention and Visitors Bureau
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