Read our Review of the Fine Food Show here .
A few years ago I was an attendee at the Cincinnati Flower Show Opening Gala, which is a high-falutin’ event that opens the annual Flower Show. I learned a couple of things: never wear satin heels to the Flower Show, and the flower displays are gorgeous. I also learned I would rather attend the Flower Show with the masses instead of the gala attendees. I rather enjoy the throngs and getting lost in the crowd, browsing all the vendors and landscapes.
The vendors usually run the gamut from neat things you can put in your garden to the prettiest hats you can think of. I don’t remember ever paying attention to the food. Last year, Cincinnati’s own celebrity chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel, opened a small French cafe called Cafe des Fleurs during the run of the show. It was an overwhelming success and opened the door for an event-within-an-event: the Cincinnati Fine Food Show.
Judy Dunning, Vice President of Development for the Cincinnati Horticultural Society, believes the Fine Food Show will become an annual event. According to Dunning, "Although there are shows specifically for wine that are larger, we think the synergies of our event make it very special. You can be inspired and entertained by fabulous gardens and floral displays, savor the cuisine from Jean-Robert in a Parisian cafe, delight in an afternoon tea, and enjoy the Fine Food Show."
The Cincinnati Fine Food Show will run April 21 and 22 (this weekend only folks!) during the Flower Show. It will feature small and local vendors of wine and gourmet food. Vendors include Kinkead Ridge, Henke Winery, and Chrisman Hill Winery, as well as Cheese from Britain, Essencha Teas, and the Dilly Deli. (A complete list of vendors is after the jump.) Vendors will be offering samples all day on Saturday and from 1 pm – 7 pm on Sunday.
(Read more after the jump!)
Ron and Nancy Bentley of Kinkead Ridge Winery will both be at the show on
Saturday. They’re both really excited about the Fine Food Show. It’s
worth stopping by their booth. Kinkead Ridge will be pouring a Cabernet
Sauvignon 2004 that just won a Gold medal at the Finger Lakes wine
competition. Harmony Hill Vineyards, from Bethel, OH, will also be
there. Ask them about the construction of their wine cave!
Jean-Robert’s Cafe des Fleurs will be offering a light breakfast
starting at 9 am. From 11 am – 5 pm, the cafe will serve a luncheon
menu that includes Asparagus Soup with Mushroom and Potato Flan, Crab
Cake with Pho Paris Cole Slaw, Lobster Salad with Asparagus and Baby
Carrot and Petit Filet of Beef with Forestiere Sauce. If you see
yourself dropping by the event to partake in Cafe des Fleurs, it’s best
to make reservations at 513.207.8776.
Jean-Robert and the Fine Food Show vendors aren’t your only options
for eats if you choose to attend. While I could probably make a meal
from all the fantastic samples at the vendor booths, there are also
several other casual dining options, including the Garden Club Cafe,
the Cheshire Tea Room, the Moonlite Bistro, and a German "Deutscher"
Keep in mind that the Fine Food Show is only a two-day event, and
not the length of the entire Flower Show. This is a great opportunity
to sample some Ohio and Kentucky wineries in one place.
Costs (includes admission to Fine Food Show and Flower Show): 1-day ticket/$15, 2-day ticket/$25
The Cincinnati Flower and Fine Food Show are held at Coney Island, by Riverbend Amphitheater.
List of Fine Food Show Vendors
Irish Soda Bread
C. Evans’ Montezuma Brand
Cheese from Britain
Chrisman Mill Vineyards & Winery
Churchill’s Tea Room & Gift Shop
City Market Baskets
Essencha Tea House & Fine Teas
New York, NY
Fine Italian foods
Herbs & Spice & Everything Nice
Spices & sauces
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
Kinkead Ridge Estate Winery
Milo’s Whole World Gourmet
Dressings and sauces
Nuts and dried fruits
Green Bay, WI
Oakvale Farmstead Cheese
Olive Branch Cuisine
Salad dressing, sauces, and marinades
Ole Ray’s Sauces
BBQ sauces & seasonings
Queen City Coffee Company
West Chester, OH
Ravenhurst Champagne Cellars
Mount Victory, OH
(no website at present)
River Valley Kitchens
Salsas, spreads, dips, & snacks
Robert Rothschild Farm
Dips, salsas, spreads, & toppings
Ruth Hunt Candy
Shaw Specialty Foods
Gourmet food products
Snacks and chips
Smithfield Specialty Foods / The Peanut Shop
Paula Deen foods
Sparky & Spike’s
(no website at present)
Wild Thymes Farm
Yankee Doodle Deli
Zhong Guo Cha Tea Co.
Zio World Cuisine
Vegetarian World Cuisine
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