Taste of Cincinnati | May 27-29, 2023

May 25, 2023 at 6:32 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Taste of Cincinnati returns this weekend, May 27-29, bringing together some of the city’s best dishes and hundreds of thousands of visitors. This year, the annual festival will feature more than 30 restaurants, 23 food trucks, 18 Findlay Market vendors and over 300 menu items.

In addition to the variety of food available, Taste of Cincinnati will have 39 live music acts on four stages throughout the festival.

The festival will be held on four blocks of Fifth Street, from Main Street to the ramps of 1-71 and Columbia Parkway.



Taste of Cincinnati Days & Hours

Saturday, May 27, 2023 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 28, 2023 – 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Monday, May 29, 2023 – 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*There is no admission for for Taste of Cincinnati. Menu items range from $2-$8.

About Taste of Cincinnati
Taste of Cincinnati is held every Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati by the Corporate and Community Events division of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival.

Taste of Cincinnati 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. Taste of Cincinnati was the brainchild of Karen Maier, vice president of marketing for Frisch’s Restaurants Inc. Maier cooked up the idea after reading about Taste of the Big Apple in the Nation’s Restaurant News, an industry trade publication.

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.

Approximately 550,000 now attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste one of the nation’s largest street festivals. Taste of Cincinnati features more than 50 restaurants and food trucks serving up delicious and delectable menu items. In the weeks leading up to Taste each year, menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards.

Taste of Cincinnati is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event.


Ohio Festivals August 26-28, 2022

August 24, 2022 at 7:25 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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August 26-28, 2022 56th Annual German-American Festival
Oregon, Ohio
Taking place at Oak Shade Grove. The Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival With Authentic German Food, Beer, and Entertainment. (also: gafsociety.org/Festival_Information.htm ) Attendance: 30,000


August 27-28, 2022 Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, Ohio
Funds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. We administer and expand our educational and charitable market programs, which continue to be very important complements to our market season (Food Stamp enhanced purchases/EBT-SNAP, Music at the Market, Chef at the Market, Mighty Locavores K-2 educational programming in Cleveland Municipal School District and much more). With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

August 13, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Have a Beer…..

Can of beer in chili? The rich and buttery flavor of beer adds so much to chili. When it’s added to the meat and vegetables as they’re sautéing, it deglaze the pan and as it simmers, most to all of the alcohol cooks out.

Ohio Festivals August 11-14, 2022

August 9, 2022 at 2:39 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Ohio Festivals August 11-14, 2022


August 11-18, 2022 Henry County Fair – Napoleon, Ohio

August 12, 2022 15th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala
Tiffin, Ohio
The Gala is a gourmet food and wine event that benefits the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and Seeds of Hope Farm in Tiffin. The event celebrates local and seasonal cuisine by featuring the chemical-free, fresh produce, herbs, poultry and eggs from Seeds of Hope Farm. Chefs representing area restaurants and businesses from northwest Ohio and around the country participate in the Gala. Each chef plans his or her menu based on the available produce and other seasonal items from the Farm.

August 12-14, 2022 47th Annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival
North Ridgeville, Ohio
The annual festival will feature Sweet’s corn steamed or roasted. Enjoy musical entertainment, parade, arts and crafts show, amusement rides, games, food, corn eating contest, 5 & 10k run, car show and horseshoe tournament.

August 12-14, 2022 Germanfest Picnic – Dayton, Ohio
Presented by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the annual picnic will feature continuous live music, authentic German food, keg tapping, crafts, genealogy support, and kid zone.

August 13, 2022 Swanton Corn Festival – Swanton, Ohio
Celebrate Our Corn Culture. Among the activities will be a parade, car show, corn hole tournament, and entertainment on Saturday night.

Ohio Festivals May-27th – 31st, 2022

May 26, 2022 at 5:35 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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May 26-30, 2022 41st Annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Port Clinton, Ohio
The festival will be held at picturesque Waterworks Park on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie in Port Clinton with an array of free live concerts, kids fishing derby, grand parade, educational programs and activities, carnival rides, and food vendors.

May 27-29, 2022 Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe, Ohio
Started in 1984, the festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend and features Native American music, dancing, food, traders and exhibits, a mountain men encampment, arts & crafts with over 80 vendors and commercial exhibits. Continuous entertainment on main stage, games and contests for all. Attendance: 85,000.

May 27-30, 2022 Moonshine Festival – New Straitsville, Ohio
Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, events include a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, flea market, talent show, parades, cruise-in and free entertainment.

May 28-30, 2022 Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival – Utica, Ohio
There’s fun for the whole family, including contests for kids, ice cream eating contests, over 90 local artisans, pony rides, classic car show with more than 400 cars and live entertainment. Enjoy delicious food and of course, Velvet Ice Cream. Enjoy dozens of flavors of ice cream served almost any way you can think of. Tour bus and handicapped parking is available. Shuttle service is available from the parking lot to the festival entrance. Admission is $5 per car.

May 28-30, 2022 Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, featuring more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards. This is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event. Attendance: 500,000.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 21, 2022 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Kicking up that Chili Flavor…..

Kick that Flavor up with Spices: While cumin, chili powder, and cayenne pepper tend to be common additions to many chili recipes, there’s a broad world of flavor out there to experiment with. Try a little fenugreek, turmeric, garam masala, or sumac to layer in more complex flavors. Smoky Paprika, Cocoa Powder, Beer, Coffee, Cinnamon, and Peanut Butter all go well when simmering that Chili!

Healthy Fish Taco Recipes

May 3, 2022 at 6:01 AM | Posted in EatingWell | Leave a comment
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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Fish Taco Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Fish Taco Recipes with recipes including Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos, Blackened Fish Tacos, and
Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Fish Taco Recipes
Find healthy, delicious fish taco recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Mahi-Mahi Fish Tacos
In this mahi-mahi fish taco recipe, chili-coated fish gets a lovely crust from the hot pan. The creaminess of the avocado sauce compliments the crisp crunch of the jicama, and it’s all pulled together in 20 minutes……

Blackened Fish Tacos
These blackened fish tacos pack a punch. The blackened fish gets plenty of flavor from herbs and spices, the salsa adds some zing and the cabbage provides a nice raw crunch……

Beer-Battered Fish Tacos with Tomato and Avocado Salsa
Lovers of fried fish get the taste without all the calories, and the salsa adds a fresh, clean note. To complete the Baja theme, serve with black beans, some diced mango and a bit of light sour cream……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Fish Taco Recipes

One of America’s Favorites – Beer Can Chicken

April 18, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Beer can chicken (also known as chicken on a throne, beer butt chicken, Coq au can, dancing chicken) is a barbecued chicken dish and method of indirect grilling using a partially-filled can of beer that is placed in the chicken’s cavity prior to cooking. The chicken is then stood up on the can and its legs vertically, and slow-cooked over indirect heat, usually over a propane gas or charcoal grill. The process is meant to add moisture to the dish, and some believe that steam from the beer serves to steam the chicken from the inside and add flavor to the dish. Some people are avid proponents of the dish, while others have contended that the efficacy of using the beer is overrated, and that the science regarding beer can chicken is debatable. It has been suggested that the dish possibly originated in the U.S. state of Louisiana.

Beer can chicken is a barbecued chicken dish and method of indirect grilling, in which an open can of beer or other canned beverage is inserted into the cavity of a chicken and then used to hold the chicken vertically while it cooks on a grill or in an oven. During the cooking process the beer in the can might steam, which might add moisture in the cavity of the bird, and some theorize that the beer vapor serves to add flavor to the dish. Because the chicken is in an upright position, the fat in the bird drains away and the skin is evenly cooked.

Prior to cooking, some of the beer in the can is typically removed, with a partially-full can of beer placed inside the bird’s cavity. Some cooks use a full can of beer. Some cooks use a standard 12-ounce beer can, while others use a tallboy beer can, a larger-sized can. The chicken is sometimes coated with a spice rub prior to cooking, and some use marinated chicken.

Some people are enthusiastic proponents of the dish, while others feel that the dish and process is overrated. It has been stated that the efficacy of the beer serving to steam whole chickens from the inside and adding flavor is debatable. Some critics of beer can chicken exist; one critic referred to the practice as “dangerous” and “a waste of good beer”. Another critic stated that the process may actually make the chicken drier compared to other types of roasting, and it has also been stated by some cooking experts that the beer does not reach a boiling point, and therefore does not steam.

Barbecue author Steven Raichlen helped popularize the dish on a global level. He has promoted the dish since 1996, when he first observed its preparation in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. He has suggested that beer can chicken likely originated in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Raichlen has reported recipes for beer can chicken appearing around the same time in Mississippi, Texas, and Kansas. “There is a definite Louisiana connection.” Famous Barbecue Judge Ardie Davis compared the emergence of Beer Can Chicken to the domestication of animals: “It just happened everywhere at once.”

Beer-Can Chicken may have been prepared throughout the American South in the 1980’s; however, the first documentation can be found in the Houston Chronicle in 1993. The recipe was given by Wayne Whitworth to George H. W. Bush when he and his brothers built a barbecue for the president. The barbecue pits were sent to Camp David at the beginning of President Bush’s term.

In October 2014, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen purveyed a limited edition beer can chicken dish that was produced without the use of beer. The dish consisted of sliced chicken breast meat marinated in a spice mixture designed to mimic the flavor of beer can chicken, which was then battered and deep fried. The spice mixture was composed of butter, onion, garlic, rosemary, lemon zest, cayenne pepper and a “secret ingredient” that Popeyes did not disclose. The company’s chief marketing officer stated to a press source that the company had “… been working on the Beer Can Chicken for years”.

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET (HEAT and; EAT)

March 9, 2022 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is a CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET (HEAT & EAT). When Irish Eyes are Smiling….. and they will be if you serve them this week’s recipe of CORNED BUFFALO BRISKET (HEAT & EAT). You’ll be using the Wild Idea Buffalo – Corned Brisket. How you eat it is all up to you! Serve as Sandwiches or Heat it up with some of your favorite Beer and Sliced Cabbage. Irish Eyes will be Smiling! You can find this recipe and purchase any of the Wild Idea Buffalo Products at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! https://wildideabuffalo.com/


For Sandwiches: Thaw brisket in the refrigerator. Our Corned Brisket is ready to eat. Simply slice for sandwiches or add to a charcuterie board.

Heating Instructions: Thaw brisket in the refrigerator. Place the Corned Brisket, the juices from the package and a cup or two of your favorite beer in a heavy pot, cover and bring to a light boil. Top the corned brisket with sliced cabbage, reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.




IT’S BACK! Our Corned Buffalo Brisket is brine cured for optimal flavor and slowly cooked for juicy tenderness! Our 5 STAR reviews validate that it’s absolutely delicious!!!

BOCKFEST IS BACK! RETURNS FOR 30TH YEAR Mar 4-6 2022| Cincinnati, OH | Food

March 4, 2022 at 6:06 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Mar 4-6 2022| Cincinnati, OH | Food


About Bockfest
Bockfest is first and foremost, a community event. In addition to throwing a great, three day long party, our goal is to celebrate and support our local community. We work to grow Bockfest every year, to increase attendance, to grow the parade, to add events, and to raise more money to spread the word. However, as enthusiastic as we are about growing the festival and sharing it with an increasingly wider range of America, we are unwavering in our commitment to keep Bockfest unique, authentic and local. There is no charge to the public to attend Bockfest and we work to include all types of local businesses because our goal is to promote Over-the-Rhine, its rich heritage, and the people who live and work here to as broad of an audience as we can reach.

Bockfest, presented by TruPartner Credit Union, takes place at multiple participating bars & restaurants throughout Over-the-Rhine and Downtown. All locations are FREE!


Start your Bockfest weekend at the Moerlein Lager House with the winners of this year’s Schoenling Bock Home Brew Competition at 4P. Hop on the streetcar to Arnold’s and Main Street to watch the Parade step off at 6P. Follow the Parade up to our NEW Bockfest Hall at Findlay Playground to hear Jake Speed sing “The Bock Beer Song”, bow your head with Brother Tim as he blesses this year’s bock beer, and cheer as the Parade winners are announced. Grab a bock beer and some food and Rock out with The Klaberheads before heading out to our participating venues in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown and around Cincinnati with their own specials.

Shake off those cobwebs on Saturday morning and cheer on the Bockfest 5K runners at 10A. The Bock Beer Experience kicks off at 12P where you can sample over 30 bock beers! You’ll need a full belly to make sure the goat doesn’t kick too hard, and the BockFest Pig Roast will fill you up. Hop next door to Rookwood Pottery for our Bockfest Heritage Series with breweriana and speakers or take a 1 hour walking tour of one of Cincinnati’s most historic breweries and its underground lager cellars. Take a break Saturday night with great music, then watch our newest Sausage Queen be crowned. Make sure to stop by our participating venues, both in Over-the-Rhine/Downtown and around Cincinnati.

You’re not done yet, as we start Sunday a little slower and a lot more family friendly! Goat Yoga starts the day at 10A, followed by the cutest Little Links pageant for the kids. Games for kids with our partners at the Cincinnati Recreation Commission start at 11A, along with a petting zoo with you guessed it, goats! Live music in the afternoon along with more chances for a walking tour of Cincinnati brewing history, plus the BockFeat pig roast continues. You can end the weekend on a high note by running, walking, or crawling 164′ feet in the .05K Run at 3P and win your own t-shirt, beer opener medal, and more!

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