More than 550,000 attended Taste of Cincinnati, chamber says

The P&G Music Stage at last year's Taste of Cincinnati. File photo
The P&G Music Stage at last year's Taste of Cincinnati. File photo

(FOX19) - This year's Taste of Cincinnati festival downtown attracted an estimated 550,000-plus guests, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber said Tuesday.

Attendance estimates are projections based on food and beverage sales. Taste of Cincinnati is a free, non-ticketed event, and therefore does not allow for a more precise count, the chamber said.

"We're extremely pleased with our attendance. To bring in those numbers not once, but now two years in a row, means our team is providing an unparalleled experience," said Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the chamber that organizes the three-day Memorial Day weekend festival.

"We had ideal weather again this year, coupled with the Reds home stand versus the Cardinals and both were vital in driving our attendance. However, it's about more than just numbers. Most importantly, we gave our region another year of a Memorial Day tradition that we can all be proud of."

This was the 36th year for the festival.

Here are some statistics about this year's Taste that the chamber provided:

  • More than 85,000 16-ounce cups of beer were sold. That's 10,625 gallons.
  • More than 2 million forks were used by guests.
  • About 70 live music performances happened on four stages.
  • The chamber donated $16,000 on Monday to Cincinnati State's Midwest Culinary Institute with proceeds from the Taste Experience. Last year, $13,500 was donated to buy kitchen equipment at the institute.