Sunday, June 11, 2000

Taste of Green Township kicks off suburban food fests




By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        GREEN TOWNSHIP — The organizers of this year's Taste of Green Township are hoping that better advertising and good weather conspire to boost attendance to 50,000 on the weekend of June 24-25.

        The township's Taste, in its third year, will be held in Kuliga Park off Bridgetown Road.

        It is the first of this season's larger suburban Taste fests. Colerain Township, Blue Ash and Reading follow in August and September. Taste of Cincinnati took place during the Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati.

IF YOU GO
  What: Taste of Green Township.
  When: 4-11 p.m. June 24, 4-9 p.m. June 25
  Where: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road.
        About a dozen restaurants will sell food ranging from hot dogs and pizza to German and Greek fare for about $3.75.

        “That's where the idea got started,” said Don Siegel, chairman of this year's Taste, referring to the exposure local restaurants get in having people sample their food.

        But the event has become even larger, encompassing entertainment, rides and booths by local civic groups.

        Bands will perform at 4, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday.

        Mr. Siegel said about 30,000 attended last year's Taste. “I'm hoping for 50,000 (this year),” he said.

        “It gives our community groups a chance to profile what they're doing in the community,” said Trustee Bill Seitz. “It's an effort to build a sense of identity for our township. Plus, it's a fun day. It's something we're pleased to help underwrite for our third year. We're going to have good entertainment and hopefully good weather.”

        At least three other Taste festivals will be held later this summer:

        • Taste of Colerain Township will hold its 11th annual festival Aug. 11-13 at the township's Senior & Community Center on Springdale Road.

        • Taste of Blue Ash, the largest of the suburban Tastes with crowds topping 200,000, is Aug. 25-27 between Hunt and Cooper roads. This summer marks its 15th year.

        • Taste of Reading, in its 13th year, is Sept. 2-3 on Benson Street.

       



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