If you were at Taste of Cincinnati last weekend and thought it seemed busier than usual, you were right. Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said the final estimate for the three-day event is in, and it's a record.
"We are projecting our numbers for the weekend to be right around 550,000," said Barry. " We were expecting them to be right around a half-million at 500,000, but we're now very easily projecting, comfortably, a 10-percent increase from even where we thought we'd be for the weekend."
Five blocks of Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati will turn into what's billed as the nation's longest running culinary arts festival this weekend. The Taste of Cincinnati runs tomorrow through Memorial Day. Lance Barry with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said there will be about 40 restaurants at the event, and 8 food trucks.
"That's actually a new addition with the Food Truck Alley," said Barry. "Certainly the food trucks have taken off all over the country, including Cincinnati, so we wanted to incorporate them."
It's the unofficial kick-off to summer in the Queen City. Taste of Cincinnati draws 500,000 people to Downtown May 25-27 and this year it's getting bigger.
Organizers say the children's ride and game area is being expanded. Ten "signature restaurants" are participating in the newly created "Taste of Cincinnati USA Experience," a tented dining space in the P&G Gardens at Fifth and Sycamore streets.