WNKU to Compete in Veggie Race Today

May 22, 2014

WNKU's Music Director & Afternoon host, John Patrick, has been training for weeks with a regular regiment of exercise and a steady diet of healthy vegetables.  He's now set to squash the competition at the 2nd annual go Vibrant Veggie Race - a kick off event for the 36th Annual Taste of Cincinnati.

"My mom always told me two things - 'eat your vegetables,' and 'don't play with your food,'" said Patrick.  "I'm setting out to prove you can do both and be a champion."

The go Vibrant Veggie Race  takes place today at noon on Fountain Square.  WNKU will compete with nine other media outlets to build the fastest car out of vegetables and race for the prize.  The first round has WNKU pitted against WLWT with WNKU being the odds on favorite in Vegas (according to John's brother who spends a lot of time in Vegas).

"It's great they're going to lettuce go head to head in a round robin tournament," said Pit Crew Chief and WNKU Marketing Director, Aaron Sharpe.  "We're confident we can beet anyone."

"My mom always told me two things - 'eat your vegetables,' and 'don't play with your food.' I'm setting out to prove you can do both and be a champion." - John "Jeff Gourdon" Patrick

The go Vibrant Veggie Race kick's off the 36th Annual Taste of Cincinnati - the nation's longest-running culinary arts festival.  This year's Taste of Cincinnati will serve up food, fun and festivities on this Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Monday from 11.a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to Taste of Cincinnati is free and open to the public.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, organizers of Taste of Cincinnati have  announced that the 2014 edition of Taste will be its largest to date, offering more than 250 food options this year, and will begin each day at 11 a.m., an hour earlier than in past years.

Highlights of this year's festival include...

Four Stages of Live Entertainment

Some 70 live music performances representing performances of all genres are scheduled on four stages (West Sixth Brewing Food Truck Alley Stage, Kentucky Ale Beer Garden Stage, Christian Moerlein Beer Garden Stage and the Yuengling Beer Garden Stage) along Fifth Street from Fountain Square to the P&G Gardens.

The full schedule of entertainment is available here: http://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/tasteentertainment.aspx?menu_id=268&id=8784

Taste Experience returns, expanded in 2014

Seventeen of Cincinnati’s signature restaurants will participate in the Taste Experience presented by Sysco, located in an expanded area this in P&G Gardens at Fifth and Sycamore streets. Taste Experience offers an intimate dining experience with seating and live music. Participating restaurants include: Yard House, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Orchid’s and Tano’s, in addition to many others. Chefs from the participating restaurants will be on-site at the Taste of Cincinnati Experience for three-hour increments each day. Again this year Taste organizers will donate a portion of the Taste Experience restaurant registration costs to Cincinnati State’s Midwest Culinary Institute. Last year, organizers donated $13,500, and expect to exceed that figure in 2014 with nearly twice the number of restaurants participating.

Tastings, Tappings and Meet the Brewers by Christian Moerlein, official beer of Taste of Cincinnati

As the official beer of Taste, Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. will serve specialty craft beers like the Golden Helles, Over the Rhine Ale, Exposition Vienna Lager, Northern Liberties IPA, and Zeppelin Pale Ale.  You can also meet the brewers of Moerlein at the Moerlein Beer Garden throughout the festival on Fountain Square with specialty keg tappings of Boutique One-off Moerlein beers such as Chili Zeppelin Pale Ale, Strawberry Pig, Coffee Bock, Oaked OTR and more.

West Sixth Brewing Food Truck Alley returns to Taste of Cincinnati

Nine local food trucks will take over North Broadway off of Fifth Street, downtown to serve as variety of cuisine in an area called Food Truck Alley, which will also feature live music and seating. Participating food trucks include: C’est Cheese, Marty’s Waffles, Panino and Red Sesame, and an elevated stage will be built above the West Sixth bar.

NEW: Grand Slam Weekend during Taste of Cincinnati

During the Taste of Cincinnati Weekend, the Cincinnati Reds will host the St, Louis Cardinals (Saturday, May 24, 7:15 p.m. and Sunday, May 25, 8:05 p.m.). We invite both Reds and Cardinals to make a day of it by including Taste of Cincinnati in the weekend plans. Both games will also be shown on the Fifth Third LED Video Board at Fountain Square.