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.
There will also be an emphasis on craft beers this year with Christian Moerlein joining as the official beer. A beer garden will be set up on Fountain Square with micro-keg tappings (pins - 10.8 gallons and firkins - 5.4 gallons) every two hours.
Chefs from Les Chefs de Cuisine will offer samples and cooking demonstrations.
Pat Sheeran with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber says the organization is matching each restaurant's entry fee and donating the proceeds to Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute, which will use the funds to refurbish its teaching kitchens.
Downtown Cincinnati will be busy Memorial Day weekend. The Reds play the Cubs Friday, Saturday and Saturday and the Indians are in town on Monday.