Taste of Cincinnati

Provided, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

The focus will be on food this weekend at the 37th annual Taste of Cincinnati. 

Provided, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber


It'’s difficult to remember, and hard to image now, the first Taste of Cincinnati in 1979 lasted one day, and attracted 5,000 people. Today, the nation’'s longest-running culinary arts festival is three days long and brings an estimated 500,000 people downtown to experience the food, drink, and entertainment of Cincinnati. Joining us for a rundown on this weekend’'s Taste of Cincinnati are Rich Walburg, communications director with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; Chuck Huckabee from Market Street Grille, a 2015 multiple Best of Taste winner; and, comedian Josh Sneed, who is coordinator for Taste of Cincinnati's Taste of Comedy.

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As the Cincinnati Chamber prepares for this year's Taste of Cincinnati, vice president Pat Sheeran says it's not looking to move the food festival to accommodate the streetcar. 

Last week, Mayor John Cranley said the streetcar, when operational, would not supersede downtown events like Taste and Oktoberfest.  Sheeran says the chamber is happy the events won't have to move.

You can expect to see plenty of police officers and more volunteers at special events in and around downtown following several incidents at this year's Taste of Cincinnati.  

Assistant Police Chief James Whalen recounted those activities Monday during a city council committee meeting.

"Primarily youth 14 to probably 23-year-old people that were moving up out of the event venue," Whalen said.  "Up into the Central Business District, up in to Over-the-Rhine and to a smaller extent over into the Westend, and engaging in disorderly behavior, sometimes violent behavior."

Taste of Cincinnati

Dubbed "the nation's longest running culinary arts festival," Taste of Cincinnati returns Memorial Day weekend for its 35th year.

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Vice President Pat Sheeran says the annual festival continues to grow.

"Last year we set a record for crowds," says Sheeran. "And if Mother Nature cooperates, we're going to do it again."

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If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.

"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry.  " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."

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Five blocks of Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati will turn into what's billed as the nation's longest running culinary arts festival this weekend.   The Taste of Cincinnati runs tomorrow through Memorial Day.  Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said there will be about 40 restaurants at the event, and 8 food trucks.

"That's actually a new addition with the Food Truck Alley," said Barry.  "Certainly the food trucks have taken off all over the country, including Cincinnati, so we wanted to incorporate them."

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The 2013 Taste of Cincinnati winners are out. The annual food festival is Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27. Organizers expect the event will draw 500,000 people.

*2013 Best of Taste Awards*


1st Place: Crab Rangoon, Thai Taste
2nd Place: Cuban Black Bean Soup, Silver Ladle
3rd Place: Risotto Balls, Pompilios


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It's the unofficial kick-off to summer in the Queen City. Taste of Cincinnati draws 500,000 people to Downtown May 25-27 and this year it's getting bigger.

Organizers say the children's ride and game area is being expanded. Ten "signature restaurants" are participating in the newly created "Taste of Cincinnati USA Experience," a tented dining space in the P&G Gardens at Fifth and Sycamore streets.