Sunday, May 28, 2000

Dose of rain whets some appetites

Fair-weather Taste fans can try again today

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

([Ernest Coleman photo)
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        There was a little more belly room at Taste of Cincinnati's opening day this year, largely because of a threat of rain — and a 20-minute dose of afternoon showers — that washed out some appetites.

        It seems Taste of Cincinnati is a dish best served cool, but definitely not wet.

        Event spokesman Raymond “Buz” Buse said the slate-gray skies shouldn't keep the estimated crowd of 500,000 from showing up this weekend, but said Taste could do without additional showers.

        “Overcast skies make for better eating weather,” said Mr. Buse, who estimated Saturday's crowd at about 150,000.

Taste continues noon-11 p.m. today and noon-8 p.m. Monday.
        When the rain started falling shortly after 3 p.m., tasters scurried under tents, awnings or bus stops. But Lilah and Luke McAllister ran in the opposite direction.

        With their appetites sated, the rain became a high point of the day for 7-year-old Luke and 4-year-old Lilah, who live in Delhi Township with parents Richard and Andrea.

        “I like it,” Lilah said, just before stamping her foot in a puddle and soaking her brother.

        Taste of Cincinnati features 41 restaurants and 175 menu items priced from $1 to $3.75. Besides food, there is continuous entertainment on six stages.


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