(CINCINNATI, Oh) -   The Taste of Cincinnati matched its attendance record this past Memorial Day weekend for its 36th edition with an estimated 550,000+ attendees.   Just last year, Taste of Cincinnati set the original mark for attendance with nearly the same number.  Those estimates are projected from the food and beverage sales as Taste of Cincinnati is a free event.  Presented by Meijer and Christian Moerlein, Taste of Cincinnati is the longest running culinary arts festival in America.

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Patrick Sheeran, vice president of the Cincinnati USA Regional 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.”  Sheeran also mentioned the hours were extended all three days this year and more food was offered with 250+ options.  Within those three days, had continuous live music performances on four stages. More than 85,000 16oz cups of beer were sold with more than 2,000,000 forks used by Tasters.    Following a brief Memorial Day procession Monday on Fountain Square, all United States Military Veterans received a free Coca-Cola product to honor their service and sacrifice.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber made a donation of $16,000 Monday evening to Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute from proceeds from the Taste of Cincinnati. Last year’s donation of $13,000 was made to buy kitchen equipment.

Rumpke once again partnered up with Taste to recycle a significant amount of the material collected.