May 22, 2012
See what's new on the Taste of Cincinnati menu
2012 Taste of Cincinnati Brings New Features
The Taste of Cincinnati USA is known far and wide as a premier destination for food, entertainment and fun. And the 2012 Taste includes a variety of new features sure to please any palate.
Yep, there’s an App for that
Did you make it to Taste but forget to check out the schedule or strategize your plan of attack? Fear not! New this year, an app for iPhones and Androids is available that will turn a Taste rookie into a 34-year veteran. With the app, users can look at the restaurants, food and entertainment, create an agenda for their trip, and have fun in the photo booth. Download the Taste app for iPhone or Android
Tasty Tweets, Meats and Sweets
Last year, almost 1,000 tasty tweets were created using the #cincytaste hashtag, providing guests with real-time information on scrumptious foods, rockin’ bands and short lines. Again this year, fans of Taste can follow the event, including regular updates, video, photos and more by using the #cincytaste hashtag as well as our mobile site at m.TasteofCincinnati.com,our page on Facebook and at TasteofCincinnati.com.
For the health conscious, goVibrant, a Cincinnati non-profit, will have signage at each booth that indicates food that meets the American Heart Association’s health standards. There are more than 20 goVibrant menu items at Taste, including Hungarian Cucumber Salad (Laszlo's Iron Skillet), Filet Mignon Sandwich (Wertheim's), Beef Brisket Sandwich (Eddie's BBQ) and the Best of Taste winner in the category, the Black Bean Burrito (Courtyard Café/duJours). It takes about 2,500 steps to take a lap around the Taste event site —about a one mile walk.
A Foodie Paradise
Eight new dining options join the Taste bill of fare this year: restaurants It’s Just Crepes and Mahogany’s, Les Chefs de Cuisine, Cincinnati’s professional chefs’ organization (see below) and five food trucks (see below).
Les Chef de Cuisine
Les Chef de Cuisine is the local affiliate of the American Culinary Federation —where professional chefs go for certifications. For the first time, Les Chef will be at Taste with the proceeds being used for its professional team to go to Germany for the World Culinary Olympics. They will have demonstrations, such as ice carving and liquid nitrogen ice cream, and serve treats such as Hanky Panky Croquettes with Cheese Sauce, Kahlua Chocolate Truffles, and Espresso with White Chocolate Cotton Candy. Merveilleux!
With apologies to Jerry Garcia and company, one of the hottest new trends in snacking will be at Taste for the first time: food trucks. Cafe de Wheels, Coldstone Creamery, Pizza Bomba, Taco Azul and Queen City Cookies trucks will be located throughout the event. We’ll just keep truckin’ on.
Comedy A Plenty
Comedy returns to Taste of Cincinnati again this year. The acts will appear at the Government Square Stage—sort of an intimate comedy club without the two-drink minimum. The headliner is Geoff Tate, who recently appeared on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Tate toured the country as part of Comedy Central Live Presents, appeared at the Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, has been on The Bob and Tom Show several times and appeared on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham. And we promise, no “knock knock” jokes.
Beer and Wine “Taste-ings”
What better way to wash down varied foods than with select varietals of beer and wine? To accompany all the mouth-watering menu items available, beer and wine “tast-ings” return after a successful first year. This “party within a party” will include selected foods that have been hand-matched with a libation. The beers will be Pilsner Urquell, Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale, Blue Moon Belgian Style Pale Moon, Leinenkugel Big Eddy Imperial IPA, Batch 19 and Miller Lite. The Spanish wines are La Cana Albarino, Marques de Gelida, Xarel-Lo, Botani Moscatel, Muga Rioja, Tres Picos Garnacha and Cepa 21 Hito. The cost is $20 per person or $35 to attend both and comes with a souvenir wine glass or beer pint. Registration information is available at TasteofCincinnati.com. An experience fit for a brewmaster or sommelier!
Katie Workman, founding editor in chief of Cookstr.com will be at Taste this year introducing her new lifesaving cookbook, The Mom 100, for every mother with kids at home—the book that solves the 20 most common cooking dilemmas. Katie will be speaking, answering questions and signing her book at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Chemed Plaza, Fifth and Sycamore.
The Taste of Cincinnati USA, presented by Meijer, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and Miller Lite, is the city’s showcase of music and food and the region’s annual kickoff to summer. Taste features approximately 45 area restaurants, more than 70 entertainment acts and approximately 500,000 grazing gourmets in attendance. Taste of Cincinnati USA will ladle up the food, fun and festivities on Memorial Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from noon to midnight, and Monday, May 28, from noon to 9 p.m. Admission to Taste of Cincinnati USA is free. For more information, visit www.TasteofCincinnati.com, our mobile site at m.TasteofCincinnati.com, our page on Facebook and on Twitter following @CincinnatiParty or the #cincytaste hashtag.