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Grab your forks and spoons! It's almost time for Taste of Cincinnati.

The annual food festival, which allows hundreds of thousands of visitors to experience the city's vibrant culinary scene, returns to downtown Cincinnati Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29, and will feature a record-setting 36 restaurants, 23 food trucks, 18 Findlay Market vendors and over 300 menu items.

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Founded in 1979,Taste of Cincinnati has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer for over four decades. It began as a one-day festival in Piatt Park, formerly known as Garfield Park. The festival expanded to two days by 1981 and three days by 1988, eventually moving to Central Parkway, per its website.

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By 2007, Taste of Cincinnati moved to Fifth Street, where it will be held again this year.

Approximately 550,000 people attend Taste of Cincinnati yearly, and organizers say it's one of the nation's largest and longest-running culinary arts festivals.

When is Taste of Cincinnati?

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Taste of Cincinnati will run over Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.

Here are the hours:

  • Saturday, May 27: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 28: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Monday, May 29: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How do I get to Taste of Cincinnati?

The festival will beheld on four blocks of Fifth Street, from Main Street to the ramps of 1-71 and Columbia Parkway.

Here are thestreet closings for the festival,beginning 6 p.m. Friday, May 26, and reopening at 5 a.m. Tuesday, May 30:

  • Fifth Street, between Main and Sentinel streets.
  • Sycamore Street, between Fourth and Sixth streets.
  • Broadway, between Fourth and Sixth streets (no access to I-71 or I-471).
  • Sentinel, from Eggleston to Fifth Street.
  • Columbia Parkway West must exit at either Third or Sixth streets for downtown access.
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No parking will be permitted on any of those streets, but access will be provided to parking garages and hotels, many of which can be found on Third, Fourth and Sixth streets.

Regular Metro bus service will run during Taste of Cincinnati.

If you have to park far away or prefer not to drive, there are other options to get to the festival, including the Cincinnati Bell Connector, a free streetcar with stops between The Banks, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

How doesTaste of Cincinnati work?

Taste of Cincinnati is a free-admission food festival that will feature over 30 restaurants, 23 food trucks and 18 Findlay Market vendors this year with over 300 menu items ranging from $4-$8.

In addition to the variety of food available, Taste of Cincinnati will have39 live music acts on four stagesthroughout the festival.

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Here's the full music lineup:

Saturday, May 27 music lineup

  • Dan Van Vechten: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.at the ZYN stage.
  • Kryst Kruer:11 a.m.-2 p.m.at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • Final Order: noon-3 p.m.at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Linus Tate:noon-3:00 p.m.at the Food Truck Alley stage.
  • Danny Frazier Band: 2-4 p.m. at the ZYN stage.
  • Maria Keck: 3-6 p.m.at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • Ralph and the Rhythm Hounds:4-7 p.m. at theTaste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Soul Quest:4-7 p.m. at theFood Truck Alley stage.
  • Jason Owens Band:5-7 p.m.at the ZYN stage.
  • Mark Joshua:7-10 p.m.at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • Kenny Welch Band: 8-11 p.m. at theZYN stage.
  • Buzz Bin:8-11 p.m. at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Eleven Arrows:8-11 p.m. at theFood Truck Alley stage.

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Sunday, May 28 music lineup

  • Missy Werner Band:11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.at the ZYN stage.
  • Daniel in Stereo: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • P. Ann Everson-Price and the All-Star Band: noon-3 p.m.at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Ricky Nye Inc.: noon-3 p.m.at the Food Truck Alley stage.
  • Jeremy Short:2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the ZYN stage.
  • AprinasRevolutionaryLove:3-6 p.m. at theTaste of Findlay Market stage.
  • Tracy Walker Band:4-7 p.m. at theTaste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Leroy Ellington's Sacred Hearts:4-7 p.m. at theFood Truck Alley stage.
  • Soul Shadow:5:30-7 p.m. at the ZYN stage.
  • Elizabeth Walters:7-10 p.m. at the Taste of Findlay market stage.
  • The Varner/Netherton Revival:8-11 p.m. at theZYN stage.
  • The Whammies: 8-11 p.m. at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Catalyst: 8-11 p.m.at the Food Truck Alley stage.

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Monday, May 29 music lineup

  • Big Whiskey:11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the ZYN stage.
  • Pete Wagner Band:11 a.m.-1 p.m.at the Food Truck Alley stage.
  • Jim Kelly:11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • The Ingrid Rachel Project: noon-2 p.m. at theTaste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Jack Burton Overdrive:2-4 p.m. at theFood Truck Alley stage.
  • Michelle Robinson Band:2-5 p.m. at theZYN stage.
  • Big Gill & His Funky All-Stars: 3-5 p.m. at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Tracy Walker: 3-5 p.m.at theTaste of Findlay Market stage.
  • The SunBurners: 5-7 p.m. at the Food Truck Alley stage.
  • Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle: 6-9 p.m. at the ZYN stage.
  • 3 Day Rule:6-9 p.m. at the Taste of Cincinnati main stage.
  • Matt Cowherd: 6-9 p.m. at the Taste of Findlay Market stage.
  • Moonbeau: 8-9 p.m. at the Food Truck Alley stage.

What will the weather be like for Taste of Cincinnati?

The National Weather Service is predicting optimal conditions for the holiday weekend, with sunny skies and daily temperature highs in the high 70s to low 80s. And even better, there's no rain in the forecast as of now.

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