Taste of Cincinnati is the city's showcase of food and music and the region's annual kickoff to summer. In addition to 50+ local restaurants and food trucks, Taste features entertainment and attractions throughout the weekend, including:
GoVibrant! Veggie Races
Local media celebrities representing TV, radio, print and blogs will compete in the fifth annual go Vibrant Veggie Races Friday, May 25, 2018 from noon to 1 p.m. Similar to Soap Box Derby races, contestants will be provided vegetables to build and race a veggie-fueled vehicle in a round-robin style tournament.
Five Stages of Live Entertainment
45 live music performances representing all genres are scheduled on five stages along Fifth Street. View entertainment schedule.
Taste of Findlay Market
Cincinnati's Findlay Market, Ohio's oldest surviving municipal market house, will have a new home away from home inside Taste of Cincinnati. Taste of Findlay Market, on the Fifth Street ramp to I-71, will exclusively feature food vendors from Findlay Market and "foodpreneurs" from Findlay Kitchen, serving delicious fresh-prepared "bites", throughout the weekend.
Since 2013, the Cincinnati Chamber has donated $65,000 to support culinary and entrepreneurial growth, not only at Findlay Kitchen – but at Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute. The Chamber will continue its support of local culinary entrepreneurs with a 2018 donation to the Findlay Market FoodPreneur Fund.
2018 Taste of Findlay Market Vendor List
- The Arepa Place (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- BanaSun Smoothie Bar (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- The Brü Brothers (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Carrots From The Earth (Monday)
- Davis Cookie Collection (Sunday)
- Dean’s Mediterranean Imports (Monday)
- Flavors of the Isle (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Horchata (Monday)
- Kuya Ed's Lechon Atbpa (Saturday, Sunday)
- La Verde Fresh (Saturday, Sunday)
- Mashed Roots Latin Kitchen (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Mimi's Gourmet Eggrolls & Curry Bowls (Saturday, Sunday)
- NayNays (Saturday)
- OCD Cakes (Saturday)
- OTR Bagelry (Saturday)
- Paleolicious (Monday)
- Pho Lang Thang (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Queen City Hemp (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Ricehead Philippine Cuisine (Monday)
- Saigon Market (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Southern Grace (Sunday)
- Taste of Belgium (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
- Tweedles Mini Donuts (Saturday, Sunday, Monday)
Music Bash at Taste
The first-ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati is Sunday, May 27, 2018.The world's greatest party band, The B-52's ("Love Shack," "Rock Lobster," "Roam") and Grammy winning singer, songwriter, and musician Rick Springfield ("Jesse's Girl," "Don't Talk to Strangers") will co-headline the first ever Music Bash at Taste of Cincinnati along with special guest Loverboy ("Turn Me Loose," "Working for the Weekend," Lovin' Every Minute of It"). This fun, can't-miss concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, beginning at 5 p.m. Gates for this ticketed event will open at 4 p.m. Concert ends by 10:45 p.m.Tickets for the Music Bash are on sale now. Prices start at $29.99.
Art of the Piano
Students from Cincinnati’s Art of the Piano Festival will perform Saturday, May 26 at noon on the main stage. Launched in 2011, Art of the Piano is an energized showcase of piano’s future and current classical “rock stars.” Created and led by world renowned pianist, Awadagin Pratt, Art of the Piano will take place at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, May 26-June 16, 2018.
The Cincinnati Pops Poptet
The Cincinnati Pops’ celebrated rhythm ensemble will play standards and showtunes, Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the main stage. The Cincinnati Pops is under the direction of John Morris Russell and presents a diverse array of musical styles, all bathed in the world-renowned “Cincinnati Sound.” The Pops was officially founded in 1977 with the late Erich Kunzel, and just since 1980, the Orchestra has sold ten million recordings around the globe.