The 12 Dates of Christmas trend is becoming increasingly popular in gift giving. Haven’t heard of it? Here’s how it goes – one gifts their significant other with 12 pre-planned dates that they can use together throughout the year, (usually to be scheduled monthly), to create a gift that truly keeps on giving.
We decided to put a delicious spin on this and present you with our 12 Dates of Christmas to help get you started on selecting the very best food experience gifts for your loved ones. Read on for our carefully crafted culinary experience gift ideas.
January We Olive offers special events every month that include wine tastings, multiple course dinners, education and a deliciously fun time. Honor your New Year’s resolution by learning healthy recipes. To purchase a gift certificate or sign up for an event, call 513- 954-8875 or visit http://weolive.com/cincinnati/category/events/
February Jungle Jim’s offers food tours at both locations for only $5.00 per person. Stay warm and dry as you taste your way through the store and receive a $2.00 gift certificate! To arrange your store tour of Jungle Jim’s, please call Fairfield: 513-674-6023 – Eastgate: 513-674-6000. http://www.junglejims.com/planyourtrip/tours.asp
March Arnold’s Bar & Grill is the oldest bar in Ohio, winning numerous awards for their food and drinks year after year. Arnold’s is the starting point for the Bockfest parade a bawdy 3 day celebration of Bock beer, the rite of spring and the German culture in Over the Rhine. The parade begins at 5:00pm Friday evening at Arnold’s the first full weekend in March. It is a sure cure for cabin fever as you eat and drink your way through the history of this German city and party for three days straight. For more information – https://www.facebook.com/Bockfest/
April The Cincinnati Dinner Train leaves the station at 6pm every Saturday and is the perfect dining adventure for train buffs and anyone who likes to travel back in time! Relax in one of three diner cars, all restored to the 1950’s era. A bar car with live entertainment included by the Andrews Sisters cover group. Tickets – http://www.cincinnatirailway.com/dinnertrain/
May Orchids at Palm Court delivers a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience right in Downtown Cincinnati, inside one of the most beautiful art deco hotels built in the 1920’s. Experience downtown Cincinnati as it burst into color during the month of May. Spend a night in the Netherland Hilton Hotel, take a trip to the top of Carew Tower for a view from 49 stories! For a fun video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YdvSwCcZaI
June Riverside Food Tours provides 3 hour culinary and sightseeing tours through 5 different neighborhoods 6 days a week all year long. The tours are the perfect “foodie adventure” for locals as well as out of town guests! Visit 5 of the best local restaurants in the city, enjoying ample servings of food and one or two alcoholic drinks. Be a tourist in your own back yard as we explore new neighborhoods on this delicious culinary adventure! https://www.riversidefoodtours.com/
July The Covington Farmers Market is one of several markets offering fresh produce at the height of the summer growing season. Based in the Roebling Point neighborhood, enjoy a walk across the Roebling Bridge or take a stroll down Riverside Drive in the historic Licking Riverside Drive neighborhood. Saturdays, May – October from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at 3rd and Court Streets in Covington, KY https://www.facebook.com/covingtonfarmersmarket/
August Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark offers an array of non traditional food for any baseball/foodie fan. Gone are the days of popcorn and peanuts. Enjoy Graeters ice cream, Keystone BBQ chicken and bacon mac and cheese, a box of funnel fries and battered chicken with a sweet cherry drizzle, a sausage cubano, a gator dog, a taco dog, a Reuben dog and a nacho dog. For thirsty fans, there’s Ole Smoky Moonshine and plenty of draft beer, with 42 different types on tap in the park. http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ballpark/
September Mainstrasse Village Oktoberfest is a mixture of food, arts/craft booths, refreshments, children’s activities, entertainment and more, located along the tree lined promenade and in Goebel Park. Admission is free for this 3 day event and the village is full of local restaurants plus 3 bourbon bars. Relax and enjoy the charm of this restored German village. https://www.facebook.com/MainStrasseVillage/
October Vinoklet Winery is the only working winery in Hamilton County in Ohio and home to 11 award-winning wines. Enjoy a wine tasting, followed by dinner a la carte or grill your own entrée as you gaze upon acres of beautiful vineyards. https://www.vinokletwines.com/
November Boone County Distilling is a small craft bourbon distillery, close to home in Boone County Kentucky. They provide one hour tours where you will discover the rich history and have a behind-the-scenes look at their spirits production and 800-barrel brick house. Tours conclude in the tasting room/gift shop with a complimentary tasting of their products. Tours run at 12:30pm, 2:00pm, & 3:30pm Wednesday-Sunday. http://www.boonedistilling.com/
December Findlay Market is the perfect date for great food and great gifts! Take a free 30 minute tour of the market every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month at 10am. Tours are limited to the first 20 guests and fill up quickly. Self guided tours are very easy too since maps are available http://findlaymarket.org/map http://findlaymarket.org/market-tours
Ride the Cincinnati Streetcar for easy access! https://www.riversidefoodtours.com/streetcar/