Imagine six city blocks with over 40 booths of mouth watering dishes that may be generally obtained for less than $5 a plate and one will have a pretty good idea of what it is like to attend the annual Taste of Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend event.
Considered to be the longest, continuously operated events of its kind, Taste of Cincinnati is the cornerstone of Cincinnati’s cuisine conscious culture.
What follows is a brief description of this annual feast for the senses as well as suggestions on how to get around the city and where to spend the night.
Taste of Cincinnati
This year’s annual Taste of Cincinnati is scheduled to take place May 28th through May 30th, 2011 within the six block area encompassing Cincinnati’s Fifth Street, Race Street and Broadway.
Booths belonging to participating restaurateurs are lined up throughout those streets and interspersed with areas designated for live, musical entertainment.
Event attendees may wander through the event area partaking of the live entertainment and incredible aromas for free as well as sample as much or as little of the affordably priced, fabulous foods and luscious libations available.
The Taste of Cincinnati events will commence at noon each festival day and end at midnight on May 28th and 29th. On the final day the festivities will conclude at 9:00 pm.
An up-to-date, downloadable map listing all the vendors as well as an entertainment schedule is usually posted on the Taste of Cincinnati website closer to Memorial Day Weekend.
The City of Cincinnati has an abundance of lodging options both in the downtown area and out.
There are at least a half a dozen hotels located within walking distance of the Taste of Cincinnati grounds including the Millennium Hotel, Springfield Suites, Westin Cincinnati, Hilton Netherland Plaza, Garfield Suites and the Cincinnatian Hotel.
Though room rates and amenities vary by location, one thing does not; the need for advance reservations. Large crowds of travelers are always expected for the Taste of Cincinnati event so one should be sure to call their hotel of choice as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Information on all of the hotels located close to the event grounds may be accessed via links posted on the Taste of Cincinnati website.
Getting to the annual Taste of Cincinnati Memorial Day Weekend event is as difficult as one wants to make it.
The optimal choice is to reserve a hotel close to the event so that one may avoid traffic altogether.
If, by the time one decides to attend, the hotels closest to the event are full there is always the option of employing the use of public transportation, a parking garage or parking lot.
Tickets for Cincinnati’s Metro Service may be purchased in advance from the Go Metro website or on-site at the Downtown Metro Sales Office on 120 East Fourth Street. Metro Service fares vary depending on distance but tend to average anywhere from $2 to $3.
Event attendees should be mindful that the prices of parking garages and parking lots in the downtown Cincinnati area vary from free up to those that charge $7 for the first two hours of parking.
Superlative parking sites for those wishing to cut down on the parking fees are the Gramercy Garage between Elm and Race Streets, the Fountain Square Lot on Fountain Square, Garfield Garage between Vine and Race Streets and the Westin Garage between 4th and 5th Streets.
The worst case scenario would be to have to use on-the-street metered parking.
Something event attendees should also be aware of is that there is usually a complimentary taxi cab service available at the Taste of Cincinnati’s Northeast Command Center for those too intoxicated to drive.
As Taste of Cincinnati events, policies, participants, procedures, prices and such as subject to change without notice, those interested in attending would be wise to reconfirm all pertinent details with the event’s organizers prior to trip departure.
Furthermore, travelers wishing to learn more about other things to see and do after attending the Taste of Cincinnati event should log onto the Downtown Cincinnati website.
Taste of Cincinnati, “Taste of Cincinnati Newsroom” Taste ofCincinnati.com
Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., “Visitor Parking” DowntownCincinnati.com
Go Metro, “Riding Metro” Go-Metro.com