2009 Taste of Cincinnati

The 31st annual Taste of Cincinnati festival takes place this Memorial Day weekend from Saturday through Monday on Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati.

The Taste of Cincinnati is the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival and typically draws around 500,000 visitors to the heart of Cincinnati. At this year’s event there will be approximately 45 area restaurants and more than 60 musical acts over five stages.

There are nine new restaurants this year including Cafe Istanbul, J. Gumbo’s, Keystone Bar and Grill, Kyosin Japanese Restaurant, Mixx Ultra Lounge, Mac’s Pizza Pub, Roher’s Tavern, United Dairy Farmers and the much anticipated Vitor’s Bistro that won two awards at the “Best of Taste” competition.

Each entree being served is $5 or less and the festival is free and open to the public. On Saturday and Sunday, the Taste of Cincinnati will run from noon to midnight and on Monday it will run from noon to 9pm.

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Movie Nights on Fountain Square – 2009

Movie Night on the Square starts this Saturday with the showing of Run Fatboy Run in honor of this weekend’s Flying Pig Marathon. The movie is scheduled to start at 7:30pm (previews start at 7pm) and has a 100 minute running time.

The weekly movie nights will run every Saturday from now through September 12th (no movies on 5/23 or 9/5 due to the Taste of Cincinnati and Oyster Fest). Most nights include two movies with a 7:30 and 9:30 showing.

The event is free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and pillows. Adult beverages, soft drinks and movie snacks are also available for purchase. Also available throughout the 2009 season are Skyline Chili cheese coneys, soft pretzels, nachos, candy bars and kettle corn.

Highlights of this year’s movie schedule include The Dark Knight (8/15), Independence Day (7/4), Antz (8/8), Bee Movie (8/22), Jurassic Park (5/16) and E.T. (9/12). See the full schedule of movies here.

Photo by Jayson from Cincinnati Images


Last chance to see the ’09 Cincinnati Flower Carpet

If you haven’t yet visited Fountain Square to check out this year’s Flower Carpet then you need to hurry up as it will only be on display until Saturday, April 25th.

Cincinnati’s annual Flower Carpet started taking bloom in 2007 and is similar to the Biennial Floral Carpet in Brussels, Belgium. What happens each year is flowers take the form of a massive art project on Fountain Square and act as a “flower carpet” for several weeks until it is dismantled.

View of last year’s Flower Carpet from Carew Tower

This year’s display will be dismantled on Sunday, April 26th. Starting at 8am the public will be able to go to Fountain Square and take home some of the pansies used in the display for themselves – for free.

In the mean time though you should go and check out the display. A great spot to view it from is the Carew Tower Observation Deck. It’s cheap ($2 for adults, $1 for children), offers unobstructed 360 degree views of Cincinnati and a great aerial view of the Flower Carpet and Fountain Square.


Fountain Day 2009

This Saturday, April 4th is the second annual Fountain Day where Cincinnatians gather to ceremoniously turn the water back on at Fountain Square. The events will begin at 6pm and last for several hours with live music and an statement from Mayor Mallory.

The event is a great way to kick off the spring season and the return on warmer weather to the Queen City. Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks will close out the programed portions of the evening shortly after 8pm.

The event is free and open to the public. Adult beverages and soft drinks will be available for purchase on the Square throughout the event. Parking is available in the Fountain Square Garage and Metro provides heavy service to the event via Government Square.

Event Schedule:

  • 6 pm Bob Herzog welcomes crowd with a “Dance Party Saturday”
  • 6:15 pm Live Music: 500 Miles to Memphis
  • 7pm Live Music: Eclipse
  • 8 pm Remarks by John Ryan of Raymond James
  • 8:05 pm Remarks by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory
  • 8:10 pm Water flows, Fireworks start