See how the country’s longest running culinary arts festival is adapting to support the region’s restaurant and entertainment industries - and to lift spirits when we need it most.
Cincy Chic: What is Taste of Cincinnati?
Cynthia Oxley, Director of Taste of Cincinnati: Created in 1979, Taste of Cincinnati is the nation’s longest running free culinary arts festival. Taste of Cincinnati features more than 65 restaurants, food trucks and Findlay Market vendors serving up delicious and delectable menu items, as well as a large variety of beers and continuous live entertainment throughout the event. Approximately 550,000 now attend the annual food extravaganza, making Taste of Cincinnati one of the nation’s largest street festivals
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Oxley: Taste of Cincinnati was created to showcase the Cincinnati region’s restaurants. Over the years, it has evolved and now showcases the overall food scene, including restaurants, food trucks and Findlay Market/Findlay Kitchen. The region’s entertainment has become another aspect of the event as Taste of Cincinnati USA is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment throughout the event.
Cincy Chic: What is Social Saturdays?
Oxley: Social Saturdays with Taste of Cincinnati is a weekly event created to support the region’s restaurant and entertainment industries and an opportunity to lift the spirits of our entire community. Each Social Saturday will feature a scheduled theme (Burgers, Barbecue, Asian, Mexican, Italian, etc.). The series of virtual events will bring the community together through food, entertainment, drinks and culture. On each Saturday, from 12-8pm, Social Saturdays with Taste of Cincinnati will take over Facebook with live streaming musicians, cooking demos, brewery tap ins, and more.
Social Saturdays highlights:
15 – 30 different restaurants featured each week (fit to the theme)
Live Entertainment – lunch, happy hour, dinner
Themed cooking demos
Themed brewery chats
Themed weekly activity
Community feature – BLINK, Cincinnati Zoo, Arts & Culture, Sports
Virtual Eat & Run 5k registration giveaways
Carry Out, Carry On Cincinnati t-shirt – $5 from the sale of each shirt will benefit the Cincinnati small business community
Cincy Chic: How does it work/how does ordering work?
Oxley: Social Saturdays invites the community to order the “theme of the day” carry out, drive thru or delivery from their favorite restaurants, food trucks and Findlay Market vendors and gather online and through social media to celebrate restaurants, bars, breweries and musicians across the Cincinnati region. Enjoy themed cooking demos with local chefs, experts and celebrities, live local musicians and brewery talks every half hour, noon-8 p.m. at virtual.tasteofcincinnati.com andfacebook.com/
Cincy Chic: Are you still planning on hosting this year’s Taste of Cincinnati?
Oxley: Taste of Cincinnati is scheduled for July 3, 4 & 5!
Cincy Chic: What makes this event unique?
Oxley: Taste of Cincinnati provides the opportunity for patrons to sample over 65 food options all in one place. It is also a marketing tool for restaurants, food trucks, Findlay Market, breweries and sponsors with the opportunity to expose their products to over 550,000 consumers.
Cincy Chic: Are there other ways to support Taste of Cincinnati in addition to ordering food?
Oxley: Yes! These are some other options:
Become an advertiser/sponsor of Social Saturdays with Taste of Cincinnati and receive exposure for your company. Contact Cynthia Oxley email@example.com
Order the limited edition “Carryout Carry On, Cincinnati” shirt from Cincy Shirts – $5 from the sale of each shirt will benefit the local business community
Register now for the Virtual Eat & Run 5K. Choose your own time and place to run or walk, through May 3 – and get swag including 20% off registration for the July 5 Taste of Cincinnati Eat & Run 5K
Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?