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.

  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.


Gay rights making quiet gains
Northside becoming center of gay life
PULFER: Playing 'Let's Make a Deal'
BRONSON: Pandering to poison
Bank heists soar from '99
Traffic deaths stun Delhi school
Pig Parade: A Pig for All Seasons - Spring
Pigs on parade at Fountain Square 'PigNic'
Purloined porker found, a little worse for wear
The ideal blue seats: their own
Ranking comedies is funny business
McGurk's 100 best
Players, city tangle over pickup games
CCM fest focuses on new music
GELFAND: Spoleto casts musical spell
Pianist begins CSO summer dazzlingly
Cincinnati Ballet steps into second phase of fund-raising
DEMALINE: Wexner's lineup worth drive
KENDRICK: Disability information easier to obtain
KIESEWETTER: PBS' '1900 House' shows 'dirty, hard work'
King, Clapton put personal stamp on blues standards
KNIPPENBERG: Pageant winner on a mission
WILKINSON: Talk about an early heat
CROWLEY: GOP learns about taxes the hard way
DAUGHERTY: AC turned us all into wimps
SAMPLES: Hard work will bring changes to dog pound
Cleanup targets Ohio, tributaries
Gardens on display in Hamilton
Lawmaker spotlights daughter's battle with cancer
Local Digest
McCrackin's work goes on
Mock drill shines skills
New dispatch system catches on
Ohio schools must evalu ate test guides
Prosecutor's slaying highlights job risks
Reward for school-funding solution
- Taste of Green Township kicks off suburban food fests
Thoroughbred owners play campaign hosts
Water snake receives endangered status