Sunday, October 12, 2003

Best of Cincy will flavor riverfront food



By Polly Campbell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Just as the music at Tall Stacks will represent genres that came from other river cities, the food will have a rootsy, river-city theme. A greater variety will be available this year than in 1999, and plenty of concession stands will be scattered along the Cincinnati and Newport sides of the river. Most prices remained unavailable for this story.

Two large concession areas will be on the lawn on top of the Serpentine Wall. There you'll find the Best of Cincinnati area, featuring three local classics.

Montgomery Inn will serve pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, Saratoga chips, twice-baked potato soup, and banana pudding.

Skyline will be there with coneys and chili.

Graeter's will make a rare festival appearance, serving ice cream, caramel apples, candy and bakery items.

Some of the more substantial food will be in the Serpentien Wall area, with picnic tables for seating.

In other areas you'll find Over-the-Rhine's Mr. Pig with pulled pork, red beans and rice and rib tips.

German food will be represented by Mozart's and Schmidt's, so you can get bratwurst, wiener schnitzel, cabbage and noodles, and Schmidt's cream puffs.

Plenty of hot dogs, cheese steak sandwiches, ice cream, frozen lemonade and other familiar festival food will be on hand. Not every concession stand will be open from very early to very late, but something to eat won't be hard to find.

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