Sunday, September 14, 2008

Country Living Fair, Part One

What a fun way to spend a Fall weekend! I drove to Columbus, Ohio to attend the 3rd Annual Country Living magazine's Country Living Fair. Held at the Ohio Historical Society's Ohio Village (a 22 building replica of a mid 19th century town), Country Living brought the little village to life! With seminars & demos, 150 vendors (selling everything from antiques & linens to beautiful hand-crafted accessories), live music, icy lemonade and CL tote bags - this country fair was perfect. An added bonus? Jeni's Ice Cream was there! I have been hearing a lot about the unusual ice cream flavors created by this Columbus-based dairy dynamo. Spurred on by curiosity and the famous "trio" cup, I was able to try lots of flavors. Remember...these are ice cream flavors. Sweet Corn with Blackberries (creamy, sweet & fabulous - my favorite by far), Pistachio & Honey (an intense pistachio flavor that blew my mind), Goat Cheese with Red Cherry Compote (tangy and smooth with cherry punctuation), Dark Cocoa Gelato (delish, of course), Salty Caramel (perfect for a country fair!), Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet (formal & completely delicious), Honey Almond Vanilla (complicated & rich) and Bourbon Buttered Pecan (oh baby!). Did I mention that everyone walking around the Country Living Fair seemed happy? It's an easy formula, really. Find a great location, offer lots of shopping, schedule interesting programs...oh, and have ice cream.

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