The CbusFoodBloggers crew has ventured up to Delaware, Ohio three times now together and countless times independently. Why would we willingly drive up there when most of us live within the Columbus city limits? Because it’s absolutely worth it that’s why. And honestly the drive isn’t all that bad – even from the center of Columbus it only takes 35 minutes to get there.

Downtown Delaware Ohio #ExperienceDelawareOhio

Todd of Fresh Start Bakery and Cafe not only organized this wonderful event again this year, but started us off with a generous spread to sample just a little of what they are capable of. You would normally think of sweets from a bakery, and while they excel and that category, their savory items are also not to be missed. I think everyone had a hard time not eating second and third helpings! They’ve made a name for themselves in the 3 years they have been open, reminding people how good scratch homemade baked goods really are. They are also strongly vested in the community. For example, every 2 months the art decorating the cafe rotates to showcase new artwork from the community. Check their website for more info and their events calendar.

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I had THE BEST day in Delaware yesterday! I had so much fun, I seriously want to move there now! 🤣 Started the day with @freshstartcafeandbakery where everything is made from scratch, including the AMAZING quiche you see here! Visiting Delaware was such a great experience, I was there for 5 hours but the time seriously flew by! There is SO MUCH to do there! I now see why they call it the “Short North of the North.” Stay tuned for more pics of my adventure exploring Delaware! . . . . . . . #experiencedelawareohio #cbuseats #lifeincbus #ohiogram #sixonefork #cbusfood #asseenincolumbus #cbusfoodbloggers #locallove #columbusfoodie #614eats #columbusalive #expcols #cbuseats #foodblogger #columbusliving #columbusgram #614forall #eat614 #livelocalcbus #columbus #eeeeets #foodlover #instafood #ohiofood #topcolumbusrestaurants

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Things I’m a sucker for: 1. Croissant dough in any form, but particularly in twirly muffin form. 2. Potatoes. Fried, mashed, smothered—however you’d like to serve them. 3. Burgers and Mac and cheese, and the two of them together. 😍 4. Exposed brick, sparkly globes, and a space made for gathering. 5. This guy. 6. Getting all my favorite things in one day. ☺️☺️ Thank you @mainstreetdelaware, @freshstartcafeandbakery, @rbworx, @gatherdelawareoh for sharing your thriving food scene and heart for community with us. I love seeing businesses partnering for the good of each other and the neighborhood. ❤️ If you’re looking for a fun day trip, check out Delaware. They have more than a day’s worth of goodness to offer. . . . #experiencedelawareohio #delawareohio #cbusfoodbloggers #cbusfoodscene #614eats #cbusfoodbloggers #eatlocal #lovethelocals #cbusfoodie #cbusfoodauthority

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Fresh Start Bakery and Cafe #ExperienceDelwareOhio

After sufficiently stuffing ourselves, we walked a short distance down the street to digest while checking Gather, a new event space right in the heart of Downtown Delaware (there’s also a shop called Tiny House Vintage and Art upstairs). It was actually being booked before the space was actually open just from people walking by and peeking in! And who can blame them, the space it beautiful with all the exposed brick. You could host all kinds of events there such as baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, rehearsal dinners, and there was even a small wedding happening there later on the day we visited! With diversity like that, it’s no surprise that they are booked pretty much every weekend. They too stand by the manta of Delaware for “collaboration no competition”. To that effect, this past February they were part of a wedding giveaway where the lucky couple won a fully stocked and planned wedding at Gather, complete with a cake from Fresh Start Bakery & Cafe, photography from Periwinkle, and even the mayor who was the officiant! In fact, starting October 3rd they will be offering packages for weddings and special events in collaboration with other local businesses.

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Our second stop in exploring Delaware, OH was @gatherdelawareoh (and @tinyhousevintageandart upstairs), an event space perfect for baby/bridal showers, parties, and even small weddings. In fact they had a wedding contest back in February where a couple won a free wedding complete with @periwinklephoto , a cake from @freshstartcafeandbakery , and the mayor as their officiant! The whole community was involved, embodying Delaware's mission for collaboration not competition. . . . . . #ExperienceDelawareOhio #gatherdelaware #mainstreetdelaware #downtowndelaware #visitdelawareohio #delawareohio #tinyhousevintageandart #historicdowntowndelaware #delawareoh #spiffycolumbus #columbuzz #livelocalcbus #expcols #columbusalive #lifeincbus #thisiscbus #columbusgram #614forall #lifeincolumbus #livecolumbus #cbusbloggers #614blogger #614 #cbusgram #cbusfoodbloggers #experiencecolumbus

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Gather #ExperienceDelwareOhio

Next we were let loose on Delaware, exploring at our leisure and conveniently the Delaware Farmers’ Market was in full swing. Their Farmers’ Market happens twice a week from May through October. This market has a small town community feeling with as much diversity as any other market in town. This along with other events are organized by the non-profit Main Street Delaware. Another event that drives a lot of foot traffic is First Fridays, where 2 blocks are closed off for a huge community festival with about 60 vendors, live entertainment, and lots of fun from 6-9pm the first Friday of each month.

Delaware Farmers Market #ExperienceDelwareOhio

Delaware Farmers Market #ExperienceDelwareOhio

The Greater Gouda has become a group favorite for many reasons including selling lots of local products and delicious cheese spreads made in-house! When we stopped by we were lucky enough to snag a taste of the aptly named “Crazy Mad” spread which resulted in a few immediate purchases. Chef Josh was also slicing up an 18-year old aged Prosciutto di Parma. A task interrupted only by his desire to recommend a wine he thought I would like and obviously ended up buying. Not going to lie, I love this store so much I have actually made a point to visit Delaware other times just to go there.

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On my most recent visit to @thegreatergouda (one of my favorite places in Delaware, OH), I walked in to witness @chefgouda slicing up an 18 year old aged prosciutto di parma 🤩🤤. After sampling their daily house made cheese spread (still kicking myself for not buying some) he then proceeded to recomend the blanc de pinot noir from Juicy Rebound because it's not a common wine to find and he remembered I love pinot noir. I might be a good thing I don't live closer or I'd be bugging them all the time. Seriously the best people are in Delaware, OH. . . . . . #ExperienceDelawareOhio #thegreatergouda #delawarecountyohio #delawareoh #delawareohio #visitdelawareohio @mainstreetdelaware #historicdowntowndelaware #downtowndelaware #spiffycolumbus #livelocalcbus #cbusfood #cbusfoodscene #cravecbus #cbuseats #expcols #onlyinohio #sixonefork #lifeinohio #columbusgram #livecolumbus #61fork #cbusbloggers #614blogger #614 #cbusgram #foodieofcolumbus #cbusfoodbloggers #hosted

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The Greater Gouda #ExperienceDelawareOhio

A short walk around the corner brought us to Olivina Taproom where we had a olive oil and vinegar pairing experience. My favorite uniquely delicious one was the black cherry dark balsamic paired with the chipotle infused olive oil. We all tried different combos, including each others, and had a great time tasting the good, the weird, and the must haves. Fairly certain we all left with at least one small bottle.

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Another favorite of mine in Delaware, OH is @olivina_taproom (if you look in my pantry you will see the evidence). On this visit we sampled olive oil and vinegar pairings, combining different flavors together. My favorite uniquely delicious one was the black cherry dark balsamic paired with the chipotle infused olive oil. Have you ever tried flavored olive oil or vinegar? You can sample everything they sell! They also offer cooking classes. . . . . . #ExperienceDelawareOhio #hosted #visitdelawareohio #downtowndelaware #historicdowntowndelaware #delawarecountyohio #delawareoh #shoplocal #mainstreetdelaware #spiffycolumbus #livelocalcbus #cravecbus #expcols #lifeincbus #columbusgram #lifeincolumbus #livecolumbus #cbusgram #cbusfoodbloggers #oliveoilandvinegar #olivinataproom

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Olivina Taproom #ExperienceDelawareOhio

Right behind Olivina is a cute shop called Honey & Abernathy. This store is great for gift ideas because there’s a little bit of everything from candles and decor to clothing and jewelry.

After our stint of retail therapy, we split up into groups for lunch. One group went to Restoration Brew Worx. You can also spy on their brewery in the back.

Another visited The Flying Pig Alehouse, where you can add any of their 4 sauces to compliment your meal: Carolina reaper, Memphis, Carolina gold, and honey BBQ.

Last but not least the third group dined at Smohked. They also have a great selection of local brews!

Smohked Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

Smohked Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

After lunch we had a little more free time to explore before checking out the Delaware COhatch location. If you are unfamiliar with their business, in it’s simplest form it is a coworking space with multiple levels of membership to fit your needs. Looking for a space for occasional meetings and events? Their base membership doesn’t come with an office but it allows you to come anytime to work in their open spaces and partial access to the facility which includes the theater, game room, and patio with a fire pit! As a result it’s become a popular gathering spot on Delaware First Fridays. It’s located in the old Gazette building and pays tribute with its news theme, hence naming it The Newsstand.

COhatch The Newsstand

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

COhatch Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

For dinner we split up again, with one group going to The Backstretch. Fun fact: they serve a deviled egg with every entree or sandwich!

The Backstretch Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

The Backstretch Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

The other half of the group went to Mohio Pizza. Every pizza is handmade by the owner himself!

To finish off the day, we enjoyed wine from Oak & Brazen. All of their wine is made in a facility right in Delaware using grapes from legit vineyards in California. They even have frozen wine which has become a popular item! In case you are hungry, they also offer cheeseboards from The Greater Gouda.

Oak and Brazen Delaware Ohio

Photo by Cassie & Dave of @brunchNbreweries

Thank you Todd for organizing this wonderful day and continuing to give us reasons to come back! There’s something new to discover every time and I hope we convince others to make the drive to check out everything Delaware has to offer for themselves.

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Delaware, OH is just a short drive north of Columbus and full of places to explore. I've been several times and always find reason to stay longer than originally planned 😅. I will be sharing more details about my most recent adventure but for now enjoy my haul 😎 (and my story highlights). . . . . . #hosted #visitdelaware #visitdelawareohio #mainstreetdelaware #ExperienceDelawareOhio #ExperienceDelawareOhio2019 #historicdowntowndelaware #shoplocal #downtowndelaware #freshstartcafeandbakery #cohatch #gatherdelaware #spiffycolumbus #livelocalcbus #expcols #onlyinohio #thisisohio #columbusgram #lifeincolumbus #delawareohio #delawareoh #cbusfoodbloggers #ohiogram #ohioexplored #igohio #cbussocial #ohioblogger

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Fresh Start Cafe and Bakery

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24 North Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Gather

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53 N Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Delaware Farmer’s Market

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N and S Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

The Greater Gouda

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12 N Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Olivina Taproom

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44 South Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Honey & Abernathy

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32 Spring Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Restoration Brew Worx

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25 N Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

The Flying Pig Alehouse

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12 S Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Smohked

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14 W William Street, Delaware, OH 43015

COhatch

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18 E William Street, Delaware, OH 43015

The Backstretch

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14 S Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Mohio Pizza

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23 N Sandusky Street, Delaware, OH 43015

Oak & Brazen

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38 E Winter Street, Delaware, OH 43015

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