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Taste of Cincinnati, a Memorial Day Weekend tradition, is back with popular favorites, lots of beer

NKyTribune staff

Taste of Cincinnati, presented by Kroger, is this weekend from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday.

It will take place on Fifth Street, in downtown Cincinnati, from Main Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway. 

Taste of Cincinnati, produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, will feature more than 70 restaurants, food trucks and culinary entrepreneurs serving nearly 300 menu items.

Taste of Findlay Market also returns for its third year.

For a list of “Best of Taste” winners, click here. 

Forty-five musical acts  will perform across five free stages throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

Beer, and more beer

Taste of Cincinnati will also feature 111 beer varieties, with 56 locally brewed.

Highlights include:

*Rhinegeist continues as sponsor of Taste of Cincinnati’s Food Truck Alley, on the Fifth Street ramp to Columbia Parkway. It will showcase 19 food trucks, Rhinegeist beers and timed specialty tappings (see below).

*Braxton Brewing Company returns with the Braxton Beer Garden in the P&G Gardens. In addition to favorites, Braxton will offer timed specialty tappings (see below).

*Kentucky Ale is back as sponsor of a Taste of Cincinnati beer garden at First Financial Plaza.

*26.2 from Marathon Brewing is sponsoring the inaugural Eat & Run 5K, Sunday, May 26 at 10 a.m. – with a start and finish line at Sentinel and Culvert Streets in downtown Cincinnati. Participants can enjoy a 26.2 brew when they finish their run or walk.

*Taste of Cincinnati Signature Cocktails – The Taste of Cincinnati signature cocktail will return – and this year, make it a double. Taste of Cincinnati attendees can choose The Queen City Breeze (with Jim Beam Bourbon, Triple Sec and Ginger Ale) or the Cincy Cooler (with Pinnacle Vodka, Lemonade, Cranberry and Mist Twist).


Braxton Beer Garden at P&G Gardens


12 p.m. Braxton Labs Beautiful Hyphothesis New England IPA
3 p.m. Braxton Labs Cycle Coffee Stout
6 p.m. Ignitor Peach German Maibock
9 p.m. Braxton Labs Strawberry Gose


12 p.m. Braxton Labs Chocolate Milk Stout
3 p.m. Braxton Labs Tiki Berliner Weisse
6 p.m. Braxton Labs New England IPA: Azacca + Cascade
9 p.m. Braxton Labs Cherry Turnover Berliner Weisse


12 p.m. Braxton Labs Sour New England IPA
3 p.m. Braxton Labs Peach Cobbler Berliner Weisse
6 p.m. Buzz Honey Peach Kölsch

Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley entering the ramp to Columbia Parkway


1 p.m. Pineapple Hugh Hefeweizen & Pineapple
4 p.m. Guava Tangent Sour Ale
8 p.m. Juicy Truth IPA


1 p.m. Ruby Paradox Fruited Sour Ale
4 p.m. Hazy Hut Hazy IPA
8 p.m. Numenor Tropical Stout


11 a.m. SG031 – Gose Sour Ale w/ Strawberry & Vanilla
4 p.m. Mandolin Biere de Garde


Bon & Viv Spiked Black Cherry
Bourbon Slush
Cincy Cooler (Taste of Cincinnati Signature Cocktail)
Frozen Daiquiri
Frozen Margarita
Queen City Breeze (Taste of Cincinnati Signature Cocktail)
Truly Wild Berry
Twisted Tea Original

Casillero de Diablo Red Blend
Casillero de Diablo Rose
Little Black Dress Moscato
Loco Lopez Sangria
Trivento Reserve White Orchid

Taste of Findlay Market returns to Fifth Street ramp

Taste of Findlay Market will return for its third year at Taste of Cincinnati, with 17 food vendors from Cincinnati’s Findlay Market and “foodpreneurs” from their food business incubator, Findlay Kitchen, serving delicious fresh-prepared “bites.”

“Taste of Findlay Market has become a fan favorite at Taste of Cincinnati. With its return, Taste of Cincinnati will feature 70 restaurants, food trucks and entrepreneurs – and 60 percent are minority- or immigrant owned,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Taste of Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, producer of Taste of Cincinnati, has donated nearly $100,000 to support regional culinary and entrepreneurial growth since 2013. The Chamber will continue its support of local culinary entrepreneurs with a 2019 donation to the Findlay Market Foodpreneur Fund.

“Taste of Cincinnati is a big and exciting way to help grow and market Cincinnati’s startup independent food industry. Our Findlay Market vendors and Findlay Kitchen “foodpreneurs” are looking forward to another successful year of partnership with Taste of Cincinnati,” said Amy Stull, Incubator Manager at Findlay Kitchen.

The nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival will open at 11 a.m., all three days. Taste of Cincinnati 2018 enjoyed a record-tying crowd of more than 550,000.

For additional information on Taste of Cincinnati, click here.

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