"Local" is the theme for the North Market's annual food and Ohio wine festival. And why not? Ohio has some great wineries, and Columbus is fast becoming a foodie haven.

"Local" is the theme for the North Market's annual food and Ohio wine festival. And why not? Ohio has some great wineries, and Columbus is fast becoming a foodie haven.

Nearly 20 wines from the Buckeye state and mead made by Columbus' Brothers Drake Meadery will be available.

Add to that culinary demonstrations and delicious samples by chefs from local restaurants such as Barrio, Due Amici and the North Market's own CaJohns Flavor & Fire, and you've got foodie happiness.

The market's regular vendors will be open throughout the festival, in case you get a hankering for a slice of Clever Crow Pizza or some fried chicken (Kitchen Little) and waffles (Taste of Belgium). You probably will.

Everything kicks off Friday evening with a preview party, which offers the chance to meet winemakers and pick up pours from local celebrities. The $20 admission price includes 10 tasting tickets, a commemorative glass and a $5 North Market certificate.

On Saturday and Sunday, two-ounce samples will be available for $1-$4, depending on the wine. While you sip, peruse the outdoor marketplace filled with culinary events, wine vendors and live music from the Shaw Brothers, Willie Phoenix, Joey Hebdo and other talented locals.