This year at the Columbus Arts Festival, a new Savor the Arts tent will offer cuisine you wouldn't expect to find at an outdoor festival: herb-crushed lamb lollipops, lobster and corn chowder with chive oil, and many other gourmet dishes. More than a dozen Dine Originals eateries, including Rigsby's Kitchen, DeepWood and The Refectory, are going to be serving their specialties at the corner of Long Street and Washington Avenue.

This year at the Columbus Arts Festival, a new Savor the Arts tent will offer cuisine you wouldn't expect to find at an outdoor festival: herb-crushed lamb lollipops, lobster and corn chowder with chive oil, and many other gourmet dishes. More than a dozen Dine Originals eateries, including Rigsby's Kitchen, DeepWood and The Refectory, are going to be serving their specialties at the corner of Long Street and Washington Avenue.

This isn't the first time the arts festival has offered food that's as artfully made as the work on display nearby. Back when the event was held by the riverfront, fine-dining restaurants sold similar food in an area called Gourmet Fare. But it's been at least five years since food that would excite foodies has been available at the fest.

"People definitely missed having those options," said Jami Goldstein, spokeswoman for the Greater Columbus Arts Council. "Lots of people come to a festival wanting festival food, but we have so many great restaurants."

Attendees can purchase $5 tickets and use them to purchase plates such as a New England Lobster Roll from DeepWood, a Cubano Sandwich with roast pork, pickled vegetables, queso fresco and jalapeno salsa from Tasi Cafe, or shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and country ham served in a tomato-scallion broth from G. Michael's Bistro.

"People are really going to enjoy having these gourmet options," Goldstein said.