Festival preview: Grandview Digfest

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From the June 14, 2012 edition

Last year was Grandview’s first Digfest, a festival that sounds like it could be a celebration of late-’60s hippie culture. Actually, the name stands for “Drinks in Grandview,” and that’s basically the whole premise for the event. The idea is to support Grandview businesses while encouraging Columbus residents to drink local booze.

This year the outdoor party is back for round two, and it has moved to a larger location on Yard Street. Most Columbus breweries, wineries and distilleries will be serving up their beverages, including Zauber Brewing Co., Four String Brewing, The Actual Brewing Co., Watershed Distillery and Middle West Spirits. Luna Kombucha will be there selling its fermented teas for those who want to sip something a bit more healthful.

A home-brewing competition has been added to this year’s lineup, and the festival received about 80 entries. Those interested in learning how to make their own beer can watch demonstrations by SODZ — Columbus’ club of home brewers — and pick up brewing supplies at the Gentile’s booth.

The fest’s focus is on the drinks, but a handful of Grandview restaurants — including Rocco’s Pizza Plus, Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill and Marshall’s — will serve food. Local bands and DJs are scheduled all day, and Colin Gawel & The Lonely Bones are the headliners.

Best of all, festival-goers don’t have to worry about designated drivers or curtailing their fun. Digfest has teamed up with Yellow Cab of Columbus to offer free rides to those who shouldn’t drive. —Heather Gross