Taste of Cincinnati announces 9 local restaurant winners

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CINCINNATI - The Taste of Cincinnati is celebrating its 35th year this Memorial Day weekend with food and festivities galore.

On Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m., residents can enjoy the nation's longest running culinary arts festival for free.

"This year, Taste of Cincinnati will feature approximately 45 area restaurants, more than 70 entertainment acts and approximately 500,000 grazing gourmets are expected to dine along Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati," said Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the organizers of Taste of Cincinnati. "This year, we have added more intimate dining options including the Taste of Cincinnati Experience and Food Truck Alley to heighten awareness of our region's culinary scene."

Nine local restaurants have received top prizes in this year's Best of Taste Awards in four categories: Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert and Go Vibrant (healthy dining options).

Appetizer:
1st Place: Crab Rangoon, Thai Taste

2nd Place: Cuban Black Bean Soup, Silver Ladle

3rd Place: Risotto Balls, Pompilios

Entrée:
1st Place: Honey Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Arloi Dee 

2nd Place: Chicken Chili 3-Way, Silver Ladle
3rd Place (tie): Pulled Pork Sandwich, Giminetti's Bakery & General Tso's Chicken, Thai Taste 

Dessert:
1st Place: Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding, Blue Wisp

2nd Place: Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Sweet Potato Ice Cream, Mahogany's
3rd Place: Crème Brulee, Market Street Grille

Go Vibrant (healthy dining options):
1st Place: Thai Fried Rice, Thai Taste 

2nd Place: Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Arloi Dee 

3rd Place: Greek Yogurt Spread "Labneh," Andy's Mediterranean Grill   

If you enjoy live music, this years Taste is featuring around 70 live performances from all music genres on four stages along Fifth Street from Fountain Square to the P&G Gardens.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings from 9:30 p.m. until 11 p.m., local comedians will perform at the Taste of Comedy Show curated by comedian Josh Sneed.

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