May 20, 2014
Biggest Taste of Cincinnati yet coming this weekend
The 36th edition of the Taste of Cincinnati, presented by Meijer and Christian Moerlein, will serve up food, fun and festivities this coming Memorial Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Monday, May 26, from 11.a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to Taste of Cincinnati, the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, is free and open to the public.
The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, organizers of Taste of Cincinnati have announced that the 2014 edition of Taste will be its largest to date, offering more than 250 food options this year, and will begin each day at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than in past years.
“This year’s Taste of Cincinnati will feature approximately 60 area restaurants, more than 70 entertainment acts and three solid days of one of the finest culinary festivals you will find anywhere,” said Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “While last year’s attendance will be hard to top, our expanded lineup in 2014 will certainly provide even more experiences that made last year so well attended. We have nearly doubled our intimate dining options at our Taste Experience and added several more options in our Food Truck Alley, with both areas celebrating the variety and expertise of our region’s culinary scene that has quickly become the talk of the country,” Sheeran added.
For more information about the Taste of Cincinnati, visit www.TasteofCincinnati.com, the mobile site at m.TasteofCincinnati.com, Facebook at Taste of Cincinnati, and Twitter following @CincinnatiParty or the #cincytaste hashtag.
Announced at a press conference last week held at the Chamber, ten local restaurants placed in this year’s Best of Taste Awards. Awards were given in five categories: Best Entrée, Best Appetizer, Best Vegetarian, Best go Vibrant Healthy Option (items that adhere to the American Heart Association’s standards) and Best Dessert. Judges included some 200 area celebrities, chefs, professionals and foodies, and each served as “mystery diner” taste testing various dishes throughout the city for two weeks. Post-dining point evaluations for every dish sampled were submitted and tallied.
2014 Best of Taste Awards
First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo - Veal Short Rib Ravioli
Second Place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: Halal Chicken Curry Noodle
Third Place: Indigo Casual Gourmet Café – Indigo Mac & Cheese
First Place: Alfio’s BuonCibo - Spinach Empanada
Second Place: Crab Rangoon – Thai Taste
Third Place: TIE – Indigo Casual Gourmet Café – Black & Bleu Tuna and Via Vite – Veal Meatballs
First Place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: Vegetable Pad Thai Noodle
Second Place: Bangkok Bistro: Spicy Ginger Sauce with Tofu
Third Place: Bella Luna – Cheese Sacchetti with Truffles
Best go Vibrant! Healthy Option
First Place: Giminetti’s Baking Company – Caprese Salad
Second Place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: Grilled Chicken Thai Style
Third Place: Market Street Grille – Spicy Chicken Wrap
First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo - Chocolate Caramel Tiramisu
Second Place: TIE - Andy’s Mediterranean Grille - Giant Baklava and Bella Luna – Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with Amaretto Buttersauce
Third Place: Indigo Casual Gourmet Café - Strawberry Shortcake
Other highlights of 2014 Taste of Cincinnati:
-Some 70 live music performances representing performances of all genres are scheduled on four stages (West Sixth Brewing Food Truck Alley Stage, Kentucky Ale Beer Garden Stage, Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage and the Yuengling Beer Garden Stage) along Fifth Street from Fountain Square to the P&G Gardens. A full schedule of entertainment is available
-Local media celebrities representing TV, radio, print and blogs will again compete in the second-annual go Vibrant Veggie Races” on Friday, May 23 from noon to 1 p.m. on Fountain Square. Similar to the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby races, contestants will be provided vegetables from Meijer to build and race a veggie-fueled vehicle in a round-robin style tournament.
-Seventeen of Cincinnati’s signature restaurants will participate in the Taste Experience presented by Sysco, located in an expanded area this in P&G Gardens at Fifth and Sycamore streets. Taste Experience offers an intimate dining experience with seating and live music. Participating restaurants include: Yard House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Orchid’s and Tano’s, in addition to many others. Chefs from the participating restaurants will be on-site at the Taste of Cincinnati Experience for three-hour increments each day. Again this year Taste organizers will donate a portion of the Taste Experience restaurant registration costs to Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute. Last year, organizers donated $13,500, and expect to exceed that figure in 2014 with nearly twice the number of restaurants participating.
-As the official beer of Taste, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will serve specialty craft beers like the Golden Helles, Over the Rhine Ale, Exposition Vienna Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, and Zeppelin Pale Ale. You can also meet the brewers of Moerlein at the Moerlein Beer Garden throughout the festival on Fountain Square with specialty keg tappings of Boutique One-off Moerlein beers such as Chili Zeppelin Pale Ale, Strawberry Pig, Coffee Bock, Oaked OTR and more.
-Nine local food trucks will take over North Broadway off of Fifth Street, downtown to serve as variety of cuisine in an area called Food Truck Alley, which will also feature live music and seating. Participating food trucks include: C’est Cheese, Marty’s Waffles, Panino and Red Sesame, and an elevated stage will be built above the West Sixth bar.
-During the Taste of Cincinnati Weekend, the Cincinnati Reds will host the St, Louis Cardinals (Saturday, May 24, 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, May 25, 8:05 p.m.). We invite both Reds and Cardinals to make a day of it by including Taste of Cincinnati in the weekend plans. Both games will also be shown on the Fifth Third LED Video Board at Fountain
More info is at www.TasteofCincinnati.com