Taste of Cincinnati

Sweltering, summer like temps could not keep die hard Cincinnatians from eating and drinking their way through the extravaganza known as Taste of Cincinnati. Held every Memorial Day weekend since 1979, Taste has grown from a simple one day 5,000 visitor event held in Piatt Park, (then known as Garfield Park) to a three day culinary happening overtaking 5th street for 5 city blocks, from Broadway to Race, with approximately 500,000 in attendance. For the first time this year, Cincinnati’s food trucks joined the over 40 restaurants in offering up over 100 different dishes from every corner of the globe. Whether it was Italian, Mediterranean, Thai, Mexican, or Traditional Zinzinnati German, there was something for everyone. Carnival rides for the kids, and a spectacular roster of live music and entertainment ensured that our summer would get off to a sensational start.

Of course one of the highlights for us is always the fried foods; we’re suckers for cannolis and deep fried PB&J as much as anyone, but we were pleased to see that Taste had teamed up with goVibrant, a non-profit group, to help make our city a bit healthier. goVibrant encourages the community to exercise, eat healthy, and live a health focused life. Quite a few of the restaurants chose to participate by offering heart-healthy dishes in addition to their regular fare. Folks only needed to look for the goVibrant “V” at each stand for those options. We love the fact that people in the community can attend festivals and events and make healthy and delicious food choices.

Also new this year, Les Chefs de Cuisine, the regional chapter of the American Culinary Federation, along with Master Chef John Kinsella of the Midwest Culinary Institute and students from MCI, was on site with cooking demos and a delicious menu, including artisan cotton candy with flavors like Bubblegum and Espresso with White Chocolate.

and…what’s a day without a few fun instagrams….

written by Ilene Ross
photos by Gina Weathersby/Kiwi Street Studios

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