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Taste of Cincinnati bigger than ever, chamber says

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Guests enjoy the Taste of Cincinnati last year on Fountain Square. File photo Guests enjoy the Taste of Cincinnati last year on Fountain Square. File photo
The Taste of Cincinnati this year will include entertainment like it did in 2014. File photo The Taste of Cincinnati this year will include entertainment like it did in 2014. File photo
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Cincinnati's annual Memorial Day weekend food festival is back for its 36th year.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said this year's Taste of Cincinnati is the largest one yet with more than 250 food choices. The festival is starting at 11 a.m. each day. That's an hour earlier than previously.

The festival is Saturday, Sunday and Monday on six blocks of Fifth Street from Race Street to Broadway downtown.

Festival times are 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday. 

The festival has approximately 60 area restaurants participating and more than 70 entertainment acts.

Don't know what to eat? Here are the 2014 Best of Taste Awards:

Best appetizer
First place: Alfio's Buon Cibo - spinach empanada
Second place: Thai Taste -- crab rangoon
Third place: TIE – Indigo Casual Gourmet Café – back & bleu tuna and Via Vite – veal meatballs

Best entree
First place: Alfio's Buon Cibo - veal short rib ravioli
Second place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: Halal chicken curry noodle
Third place: Indigo Casual Gourmet Café – Indigo mac & cheese

Best vegetarian
First place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: vegetable pad Thai noodle
Second place: Bangkok Bistro: spicy ginger sauce with tofu
Third place: Bella Luna – cheese sacchetti with truffles

Best dessert
First place: Alfio's Buon Cibo - chocolate caramel tiramisu
Second place: TIE - Andy's Mediterranean Grille - giant baklava and Bella Luna – chocolate chip bread pudding with amaretto butter sauce
Third place: Indigo Casual Gourmet Café - strawberry shortcake

Best Go Vibrant (healthy dining options)
First place: Giminetti's Baking Company – Caprese salad
Second place: Arloi Dee Thai Bistro: grilled chicken Thai style
Third place: Market Street Grille – spicy chicken wrap

Related: Street closures for Taste of Cincinnati

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