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BLINK Pop-Up Party on April 25; 34 restaurants and food trucks announced for May’s Asian Food Fest

 BLINK, illuminated by ArtsWave is just six months away – and everyone is invited to a BLINK Pop-Up Party, April 25, 7-10 p.m., at 1225 Clay Street in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. When the sun goes down the lights go live.

The party, featuring food, drinks, entertainment and a few BLINK surprises, will coincide with the finale of the 2019 ArtsWave Community Campaign to fund Greater Cincinnati’s arts.

“ArtsWave is excited to wrap up a successful campaign, and as illuminating sponsor of BLINK, we’re ready to get the region, the nation and the world buzzing about BLINK,” said Alecia Kintner, president & CEO of ArtsWave, the Cincinnati region’s local arts agency and the nation’s first and largest community campaign for the arts.

Cincinnati’s art and light phenomenon, BLINK, will happen in downtown Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and surrounding neighborhoods, October 10-13, 2019. The only U.S. event of its kind will feature large-scale projection mapping, murals by international artists, interactive light sculptures and diverse entertainment. The event will stretch from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market neighborhood south to Covington, Kentucky – bridging two states, and spanning 30 city blocks and a river.

“BLINK’s creative partners have been working hard on this one-time-only pop-up event – and what’s coming this fall. We look forward to the community coming together again as we begin the countdown to BLINK,” added Tim Maloney, president and CEO of the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, founding partner of BLINK.

BLINK’s inaugural four-night event in October 2017 spanned 20 blocks and was experienced by more than one million visitors, the largest gathering of people ever in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine.

BLINK, free and open to the public, is produced by The Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

34 restaurants and food trucks announced for Asian Food Fest

Asian Food Fest, presented by Kroger and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati, has announced its 2019 line-up.

Thirty-four regional restaurants and food trucks will participate at the new and expanded site, Saturday, May 11, noon-10 p.m. and Sunday, May 12, noon-8 p.m., on Freedom Way, between Elm and Walnut Streets, at the Banks. Fans of Asian Food Fest will enjoy a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates, priced from $2 to ­$6. The event is free and open to the public.

“The number of restaurants and food trucks at this year’s Asian Food Fest has grown by almost 15 percent – and more than a third are new to the event.” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Asian Food Fest. “This represents a terrific and deliberate mix of new tastes and longtime favorites.”

Created in 2010, Asian Food Fest’s mission is to help make Greater Cincinnati a more diverse, accepting, and delicious region. Its aim is to promote diversity in the Cincinnati region by celebrating Asian food, culture, and communities.

“As Cincinnati’s Asian food scene continues to expand, Asian Food Fest is evolving and staying ahead of pace,” said Bao Nguyen of the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati. “This is our ninth production of Asian Food Fest, and we’re proud to have created a new and continuously growing Cincinnati tradition.”

Additionally, “Secret Menu” items will again be available at Asian Food Fest. The term “secret menu” comes from a frequent practice at many Asian restaurants in America. These establishments often have a secret menu available only upon request. The menu features more traditional and authentic Asian dishes.

Other vendors and the SkyStar observation wheel will also operate throughout Asian Food Fest weekend.

Asian Food Fest celebrates the culture, cuisine, entertainment and drinks of Asian communities including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A portion of the proceeds from Asian Food Fest will benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati and future Asian cultural events in Greater Cincinnati.

For more information on Asian Food Fest, including a list of restaurants, click here.

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

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