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Taste of the City

Taste of Cincinnati hits a landmark year in the celebration of our ever-evolving food scene

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2014
During its 35 years, Taste of Cincinnati has become not only the nation’s longest running culinary festival, but also the best.    
by Jac Kern 05.23.2014 101 days ago
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Your Long Weekend To Do List: 5/23-5/26

The 36th annual Taste of Cincinnati takes over six blocks downtown this weekend. The annual food festival includes more than 100 dishes from 40-plus restaurants and 70 live music performances Saturday through Monday. Features this year include four music stages; tappings, tastings and a meet-the-brewers with Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., official beer of the Taste; and the Taste Experience. If large crowds and funnel cakes aren’t quite your thing, the Taste Experience features more upscale fare in the intimate setting of the Procter & Gamble gardens. The Reds take on the Cardinals Saturday and Sunday, so it’s sure to be a bustling weekend downtown. For more information about the Taste, check out our feature on the fest. Memorial Day marks the symbolic start to summer as well as the opening date for many pools and summer attractions. Both The Beach Waterpark and Coney Island open their gates this Saturday. The Beach, under new management since its temporary closing in 2012, is back with all the crazy water rides and slides, the wave pool, real sand and endless entertainment for the whole family. New this year are cabanas for rent and a high-flying zip-line. Find admission details and hours here. Coney Island is another Cincy summertime institution. Enjoy classic rides, water slides and the iconic Sunlite Pool all weekend long. Go here for tickets and more info. Cincinnati Saints, the city’s semi-professional soccer team, kicks off its first season in the National Premier Soccer League Friday with a game against Pennsylvania’s Erie Admirals. The Saints play home games at Stargel Stadium on the West End. Follow the team as they look to make soccer yet another successful pro sport in Cincinnati — the team will host World Cup watch parties on Fountain Square next month. Read more about the team in this week’s feature.  Ever been curious about the nudist lifestyle? Many locals don’t know a nudist resort is located right outside the city on Cincinnati’s West Side. Paradise Gardens Nudist Resort lies on 35 acres of lush, wooded land and has been around for more than 40 years. Those interested in nudism or just wanting to check it off their bucket list are invited to explore the grounds for an open house noon-6 p.m. Saturday. New nudists and veterans alike can enjoy swimming, hiking, volleyball, sunning and even a pirate-themed dance at night. Relax, be respectful and bring a towel to sit on (that hot summer sun can really warm up seat surfaces!). Future open house dates are June 7, July 5 and Aug. 19. Learn more here. For more art openings, parties, festivals and other stuff to do this weekend, check out our To Do picks, full calendar and Rick Pender’s Stage Door for weekend theater offerings.
 
 
by Maija Zummo 05.24.2013
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Blog Guide to Taste of Cincinnati

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Start summer off scrumptiously with the 35th annual Taste of Cincinnati — the nation's longest running culinary arts festival. Six blocks of Fifth Street (from Race to Broadway) will be filled with eats from dozens of local signature restaurants, including a Food Truck Alley on North Broadway, and continuous live entertainment from Saturday through Monday. To survive the extremely popular and packed weekend of feasting, drinking and dancing, you need to make a plan.  First, get a feel for what vendors and bands will be there. Find food vendors here and an entertainment schedule here. Food covers all appetites ranging from gyros at the Andy's Mediterranean Grille booth and Crab Rangoon at the Bangkok Bistro booth to pulled pork from City Barbeque and fig pizza from M Wood Fired Oven. You'll also find Cincinnati classics like LaRosa's, Mecklenburg Gardens, Pompilio's, Busken Bakery, Graeter's, Gold Star — the list goes on and on. There are more than 100 dishes to try, and a ton of beverage booths.  The Christian Moerlein Brewing Company — the official beer of Taste — will host a Moerlein Beer Garden on Fountain Square where you can gab brand-new styles and specialty craft beers like the Moerlein Original Golden Helles. There will also be booths from Barefoot Win, Bell's, Great Lakes and so many more.  Check out the map for where each vendor will be.Map: And then there's also an app for iPhone or for Android where you can make a schedule and strategize. Find restaurants, food, entertainment and create an agenda for your trip. And here's CityBeat Music Editor Mike Breen's preview of weekend music at the fest: Eat to the Beat. The weather is going to be amazing this weekend. You may want to bring an umbrella on Monday, but otherwise, it's an amazing weekend to be gorging yourself outside.Weather:Noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday; noon-9 p.m. Monday. Free. Fifth Street (Race to Broadway streets), Downtown, tasteofcincinnati.com.
 
 
by Mike Breen 05.24.2013
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Eat to the Beat: Tasty Sounds at Taste of Cincinnati

Annual food fest has less original music this year, but still boasts solid local performers

The music for this weekend's Taste of Cincinnati event — running Saturday-Monday — is heavier on local cover bands than it's been in a while, with only a small handful of acts that perform primarily original music. In years past, The Enquirer's weekly paper offshoot had presented some high-quality original artists (i.e. those who write all of their songs) in front of the P&G boob towers, but with the run of those weekly papers ending (for now) with the corporate shuttering of Metromix, perhaps the fest is in need of some booking guidance. (Too bad there isn't another weekly in town that has been covering original local music for the past nearly 20 years … cough, cough … that might be able to help.)Still, there are some great local artists at Taste this year, performing everything from R&B, Jazz, Bluegrass, Salsa and Blues to the predominant styles of Rock, Country and Pop throughout the event.  Here's a handy schedule for this weekend's tasty sounds. Taste of Cincinnati takes place noon-midnight on Saturday and Sunday and 12-9 p.m. on Monday. Find food, music and other fun stuff along the Taste path (six blocks of Fifth Street downtown, between Race and Broadway streets).Saturday: Rattlesnakin' Daddies (noon, Kentucky Ale Beer Garden Stage); Naked Karate Girls (noon, Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Stonehouse Trail (3 p.m., Yuengling Beer Garden Stage); Final Order (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage); Jamison Road (4 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Hott Stuff (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); 4th Day Echo (7 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Arlo McKinley and The Lonesome Sound (7 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); Pistol Holler (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage), Sunday: Ricky Nye (noon, Yuengling stage); Kentucky Myle (noon, Kentucky Ale stage); Robin Lacy & DeZydeco (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Azucar Tumbao (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); 3 Day Rule (4 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The G. Burton Story (4 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Danny Frazier Band (4 p.m. Kentucky Ale stage); Perfect Sequel (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Eugene Goss & Triage (7 p.m., Taste Experience); DV8 (8 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Cincy Brass (8 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Dan Varner Band (8 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage).Monday: The Turkeys (noon, Yuengling stage); The Sonny Moorman Band (12:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); The Tracy Walker Band (1 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kelly Thomas & the Fabulous Pickups (2 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); Pete Dressman & S.U.N. with Kevin Finkelmeier (3 p.m., Yuengling stage); Leroy Ellington & the E-Funk Band (3:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage); Ralph & the Rhythm Hounds (5 p.m., Food Truck Alley); Kentucky Timbre with the Boone County Caterwaulers (6 p.m., Kentucky Ale stage); The DVB Trio (6 p.m., Yuengling stage); Stays In Vegas (6:30 p.m., Christian Moerlein stage). Find everything you need to know about this year's Taste at tasteofcincinnati.com. Here's a map of the site with the various stages and food vendors marked: 
 
 

Singles Going Steady

The Cliftones and The Socials ready new tunes for release and tasty sounds return to Taste of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 22, 2013
 Cincy Punk greats The Socials set to return with new 7-inch vinyl release, while Reggae faves The Cliftones prepare new digital single release. Also, the full lineup of music for Memorial Day weekend's Taste of Cincinnati food fiesta.   
by Jac Kern 05.25.2012
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Your Long Weekend To Do List: 5/25-5/28

Summer doesn’t officially begin until June 20, but it’s Memorial Day weekend and Cincy’s signature mugginess is in full effect — the season is upon us! Stay hydrated, slap on the sunscreen and get ready to make the most of this three-day weekend. It’s tradition to fire up the grill and open pools at the start of summer, but the biggest local ritual this time of year is the Taste of Cincinnati, taking over downtown Saturday-Monday. Fifth Street will fill with local food vendors, plenty of booze stations, carnival rides, four performance stages and more. This year is the debut of food trucks at the Taste — be sure to stop by Café de Wheels, Pizza Bomba, Taco Azul and Queen City Cookies’ mobile eateries in addition to the traditional Taste staples. Pick up an issue of this week’s CityBeat for a guide to the Taste with a map and full menu or click here for a digital copy. Tonight OTR’s green general store Park + Vine celebrates its fifth anniversary. P+V is a hub for local goods, vegan food, eco-cooking/gardening/living classes and much more. Danny Korman and the rest of the P+V crew have introduced Cincinnatians to kombucha keg parties, bike-friendly culture and even tasty vegan cheese (seriously, it exists). Stop by the shop from 6-11 p.m. tonight and enjoy a street market with local environmental organizations, food and produce vendors. Inside, there will be music, a Flashbox photo booth, beverages and the usual great shopping. Across the street, Northside vintage outfitters Chicken Lays An Egg present a fashion show at the park adjacent to Old St. Mary’s Church. As bike month comes to a close, celebrate the way countless teens end their high school careers — with a prom! Saturday the City of Cincinnati Bike Program hosts a Bike Prom ride from Northside’s Hoffner Park to Fountain Square (and back), kicking off at 4:30 p.m. Dress in your snazziest bike-friendly formal wear, get your photo taken prom-style under a balloon arch and even vote for a king and queen. After the ride, head to Mayday in Northside for after-prom: Mobo Bicycle Cooperative’s annual fundraiser. Dance to classic prom tunes, participate in a busted bike build-off, sign up for a silent auction and enjoy delicious Mayday drinks-n-'dogs all night long. The ride is free, after-prom admission is $10. Exhale Dance Tribe presents its season closer Saturday with Imprint. The contemporary Jazz show features original choreography by Exhale founders Missy Lay Zimmer and Andrew Hubbard. Dancing With the Stars champ and 98 Degrees alum Drew Lachey hosts the evening. Check out Lea Lachey, Sherene Schostak and Traci Swain, a father-son live art performance, solo by Andrew Hubbard and much more. The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday; purchase tickets here.There's even more going down this weekend: Read Rick Pender's Stage Door for theater shows, follow our music blog for nightly concerts (and plenty of music festivals this weekend), and check out the To Do page for more.
 
 

Downtown’s Festive Musical Weekend

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2012
If you spend any of this long Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati, there’s a really good chance you’ll hear some of the best music makers in the area doing their thang. Two festivals will be competing for your ears.   
by Mike Breen 05.07.2012
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2012 Best of Taste Awards Announced

The "Best of Taste" awards — a precursor to the Taste of Cincinnati food fest later this month — were doled out today. Eighty dishes from 30 restaurants were served to judges — "celebrities, foodies and the epicurious" — and they awarded the Crab and Shrimp Dumpling with Noodle from Arloi Dee Thai Bistro the coveted "Best Damn Dish" prize.Here's the full list of winners:AppetizersBest of Taste: Strasse Haus, Fried Peanut Butter & JellyAward of Excellence: LaRosa’s, Spinach RondoAward of Merit:  Market Street Grille, Stuffed Chicken Amore Soups/SaladsBest of Taste: du jours/Courtyard Café, Hunter’s Home Turkey ChiliAward of Excellence: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Caprese Salad   Award of Merit: City Barbeque, Gumbo                SeafoodBest of Taste: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro, Crab & Shrimp Dumpling with Noodle             Award of Excellence: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Seafood Pizza  Award of Merit: Mahagony’s, Shrimp and Grits                 EntreesBest of Taste: Andy’s Mediterranean Grille, Gyro Wrap                                     Award of Excellence: Claddagh Irish Pub, Jameson Burger  Award of Merit: Lazlo’s Iron Skillet, Walking Chicken Saltimbocca           Vegetarian EntreeBest of Taste: du jours/Courtyard Café, Black Bean Burrito                            Award of Excellence:  J. Gumbo’s, Bumblebee Stew  Award of Merit: LaRosa’s, Skinny Wheat Pizza DessertsBest of Taste: ZZ’s Pizza Company, Banana Cream Pie                      Award of Excellence:  du jour’s/Courtyard Café, Raspberry Cloud Pie          Award of Merit: Claddagh Irish Pub, Bread Pudding                       Best Damn Dish                  Arloi Dee Thai Bistro, Crab & Shrimp Dumpling with NoodleTaste of Cincinnati is coming up Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28. Visit TasteofCincinnati.com for more details.
 
 

A Matter of “Taste”

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I had been asked to represent CityBeat as a judge at the annual Best of Taste of Cincinnati competition. For over a decade I worked for a restaurant that always participated in Taste and I suffered through every Memorial Day weekend foodfest in the heat and rain. One year we were lucky enough to win the “Best Damned Dish,” and, trust me, that can mean big bucks for the winner. So it was with confidence and experience that I drove through the rain up to Sysco in Evendale one early Monday morning.  

CityBeat Music Stage at Taste of Cincinnati

May 30 • Fifth and Race Streets

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 25, 2010
If you're thinking about dropping by Taste of Cincinnati this weekend, make sure you come downtown on Sunday, when the 'CityBeat Stage Presented by Riverbend Summer 2010' features a stellar collection of national up-and-comers and local heroes: The Hood Internet from Chicago, Visqueen from Seattle and locals You You're Awesome, Buckra and Daughters and Sons.  

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