Friday, May 15, 2009

Festival Month

Friday’s Festival Fact

A multi-part series highlighting the many festivals in Cincinnati in May.

Taste of Cincinnati

Taste of Cincinnati is next weekend - Memorial Day Weekend. This year P&G is ‘Presenting Sponsor’ which gets it headline status on the poster.

Here is a short history of Taste of Cincinnati which is now in its 30th year:

"Taste of Cincinnati USA is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by The Downtown Council and the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Association. Started in 1979, it is now the nation's longest running culinary arts festival.
"Taste of Cincinnati USA started as a one-day fest in Piatt Park, then known as Garfield Park, with approximately 5,000 attending the first event. The event expanded to two days in 1981, and in 1988 expanded to three days and moved to Central Parkway.
"In 2007, the event was moved to Fifth Street to spotlight the $42-million renovation of Fountain Square and its underground parking garage, and to bring the event closer to Downtown's cluster of hotels, such as The Cincinnatian Hotel, the Garfield Suites Hotel, the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, The Terrace Hotel and the Westin Hotel Cincinnati."

I’m a huge fan of the move to 5th Street. Here is a map of this year’s event.

So here are the final details you need to come down and enjoy the fun:
When: Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2009, 12 noon to 12 midnight; Monday, May 25, 2009, 12 noon to 9 p.m.
Where: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati. Cost: Free!

As a reminder, each Friday in May we will post a Festival Fact. Upcoming schedule of Friday’s Festival Facts:
May 22: Cincinnati Fringe Festival
May 29: Summerfair Cincinnati

Taste of Cincinnati Poster and map from Taste of Cincinnati website

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