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Get your taste buds ready for Taste of Cincinnati

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The 32nd Annual Taste of Cincinnati returns to Downtown Cincinnati this weekend.

Hours are Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight and Monday from noon to 9 p.m. It's located on six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race to Broadway. Convenient parking is located in the Fountain Square garage.

The event is free and showcases over 40 restaurants serving 200 dishes. Every entree is $5 or less. About a half million people are expected to attend the event throughout the weekend.

For the first time, guests will have the chance to be a food critic for a day at the Time Warner Cable People's Choice Awards. Each restaurant will submit one menu item and guests can vote for their favorites by ladling money into a bucket at each restaurant booth. The winners will be announced at the Fountain Square Stage on Monday, May 30 at 6:00 p.m. and all proceeds will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank.

Live entertainment will also be featured throughout the weekend, including Mark Ballas from Dancing with the Stars, who will be at the Metromix State at P&G Gardens performing songs from his debut solo CD, HurtLoveBox, which was released in April

Road closures will also be in effect downtown due to the festival:

Street Closings
Closing at 6 p.m. Friday and reopening at 5 a.m. Tuesday:

  • Fifth Street between Race and Sentinel streets
  • Race Street between Fifth and Sixth streets
  • Vine Street between Fourth and Sixth streets
  • Walnut Street between Fourth and Sixth streets
  • Main Street between Fourth and Sixth streets
  • Sycamore Street between Fourth and Sixth streets
  • Broadway between Fourth and Sixth streets

No parking will be permitted on any of those streets, however access will be provided to parking garages and hotels.

There will be no access from Fifth Street to northbound Interstate 71, eastbound Columbia Parkway or southbound I-471.

More information is available at http://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/

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