Food lovers will find an abundance of flavors to explore, with biscuits, donuts, produce, chocolate and wine experiences in Dayton, Troy and nearby cities and towns.
• Arrive in Clermont County
• Breakfast at All Hail the Biscuit in Milford
• Depart for Butler County
• Tour and lunch EnterTRAINment Junction in West Chester Township
• Scavenger hunt and tour at Jungle Jim’s International Market
• Depart for Hamilton
• Private cooking demonstration and dinner at Tano Bistro
• Overnight at Courtyard by Marriott Hamilton
Jungle Jim’s International Market
Just outside of Cincinnati, groups can find foods from every corner of the world at Jungle Jim’s International Market. What began as one ambitious vendor’s mission to combine excellent customer service with a wide selection of food products has grown to a well-loved attraction that draws customers across state lines. The store is supersized, its 300,000 square feet stocked with foods from over 70 countries including specialty ingredients and spices, obscure snacks, international wines, beers and other beverages, and tropical fruits. In addition to shopping, groups can take a tour of Jungle Jim’s to learn about and sample a variety of exotic foods as they hop from department to department. They can also have a scavenger hunt to discover some of the market’s most obscure products.
• Doughnut-making demonstration from the Butler County Donut Trail
• Hands-on arts projects at Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market, followed by lunch
• Depart for Warren County
• Wine- and beer-making tour at Valley Vineyards in Morrow
• Dinner and a show at La Comedia Dinner Theater
• Overnight at Drury Inn Middletown
Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market
Open from March through December, the Barn-N-Bunk Farm Market in Trenton is a sprawling market known for its large offerings of fresh produce, food products and home decor. Its three barns are stocked with candles, pottery and jewelry made by local vendors, as well as farm-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. In addition to shopping, planned crafts and activities allow groups to create a decorative centerpiece, grind their own cornmeal and tour the farm’s broom shop. Fall brings fun festivities, including hayrides, scarecrow-making, a petting zoo, mazes and autumn-themed crafts, as well as tasty refreshments like apple cider and pumpkin cookies. For a sweet and refreshing treat year-round, there’s an ice cream and candy shop and a deli for quick bites.
La Comedia Dinner Theater
La Comedia Dinner Theater has been bringing delicious meals with a side of showbiz to audiences since 1975. Located between Cincinnati and Dayton just off Interstate 75, the theater gives groups a chance to experience Broadway productions in a theater known for its glamorous décor, friendly staff and well-staged productions. One of the oldest dinner theaters in the nation and the only year-round professional theater in Ohio, La Comedia’s rotating schedule of Broadway and off-Broadway hits provides a live entertainment and culinary experience for groups to enjoy. Buffet dinners begin with a signature salad and include favorites like chef-carved meats, Southern sides and La Comedia’s signature sweet potato soufflé. Guests can also enjoy a cocktail, smoothie or milkshake with their meal.
• Depart for Dayton
• Explore Carillon Historical Park
• Lunch at Carillon Brewing
• Depart for Piqua
• Factory tour at Winans Chocolates + Coffees
• Depart for Troy
• Dinner at Moeller Brew Barn
Winans Chocolates + Coffees
Winans Chocolates + Coffees has been bringing sweetness to Ohio for five generations using the same tried-and-true methods. Located in the quaint town of Piqua, Winans is the perfect place to sample a sweet treat or a delicious cup of freshly brewed coffee. The focus is on quality chocolates, which has made Winans a favorite throughout the state. Groups that visit can watch chocolates being produced through a shop window or take a behind-the-scenes tour and discover how each delicious treat is made, from seeing peanut brittle stretched by hand to caramel mixed in original copper kettles. Visitors can also see where internationally sourced coffee beans are roasted daily. Tours can conclude with a tasting and a visit to the gift shop to buy boxes and baskets of chocolates and individual delicacies, as well as seasonal coffee drinks.
Moeller Brew Barn
Moeller Brew Barn first opened in the small town of Maria Stein in 2015, and the brand has been bringing craft beer to western Ohio ever since. Since it first opened its doors, Moeller Brew Barn has unveiled locations in three other Ohio towns, proving its popularity among locals and tourists alike. The second location opened in a historic Lutheran church in downtown Troy in 2019. Elegant architectural details such as stained-glass windows, wood trim, chandeliers and high ceilings make it a beautiful backdrop for the brewpub, but it’s the selection on tap that’s made Moeller Brew Barn a breakout in the craft beer scene. Over 20 beers, ciders and seltzers are offered at each location, from seasonal favorites to the brand’s original classics. The kitchen menu includes brick-oven pizzas, sandwiches and bar food favorites, such as nachos, wings and dips. Groups can enjoy the Troy brewpub’s historic setting and down-to-earth atmosphere while they sample its delicious food and craft beverages.
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