This year, anyone who enjoys Washington Park during the summer can enjoy the Taste of OTR
for two days instead of just one. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the event on Aug. 26 and 27.
The charitable event, which is returning for its fourth year, is hosted by Tender Mercies
, one of Cincinnati’s nonprofit organizations that helps homeless adults with mental illnesses.
“The Taste of OTR was created as a way to celebrate growth in Over-the-Rhine,” says Jackie Baumgartner, Tender Mercies development director. “We really wanted to provide a way for the community to come together and enjoy our beautiful Washington Park with the backdrop of Music Hall.”
Attendees can enjoy music from Junior Brown
and Maps and Atlases
, local craft beer, and food from local restaurants and food trucks.
The Taste of OTR is presented by Elm & Iron
, and is sponsored by various organizations in the community.
The two-day event will also feature more family-friendly activities than ever before, such as a kid zone with face painting, balloon animals and a coloring contest.
“There is an incredible amount of energy on the lawn," Baumgartner says. "It really speaks to Over-the-Rhine and Cincinnati, especially because it attracts people from different walks of life. It’s everyone. That’s the best way to describe it. It’s a great way for people to experience all that our area has to offer.”
• Attend the Taste of OTR
, Friday, Aug. 26 from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Washington Park. Admission is free.
• If you're interested in volunteering, contact Jackie Baumgartner at 513-639-7021 or by emailing [email protected]
• Learn more about Tender Mercies
and its mission.