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Taste of Cincinnati: The Longest-Running Food Festival in the U.S.

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Taste of Cincinnati: The Longest-Running Food Festival in the U.S.

Published May 22, 2017
Updated May 30, 2017

Held each year on Memorial Day weekend, the Taste of Cincinnati food festival began in 1979 as a one-day festival in Piatt Park, which was known as Garfield Park at the time, drawing just 5,000 visitors.

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Fast-forward to 2017 and more than 550,000 people are expected to attend this year’s Taste of Cincinnati festival, which will take place Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29 on Fifth Street downtown at Fountain Square, sprawling from Vine Street to Sentinel.

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In 2017, thirty-six restaurants and 15 food trucks will participate in the weekend bash, adding seven new restaurants and six new food trucks to the lineup. More than 60 bands and entertainers are also set to perform throughout the weekend on five stages. The Taste Experience is always a popular component of the festival, offering three-hour visits from more than 20 boutique restaurants and regional food purveyors.

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In all, more than 265 menu items will be available at Taste of Cincinnati, ranging from casual fare to fine dining options. Each year, the Best of Taste winners are announced before the event, with participating culinary masters wining first, second and third place titles in categories like Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Dessert, Best Healthy Dining Option and Best Vegetarian Dish.

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