( Downtown Cincinnati ) - The 35th Taste of Cincinnati has begun on six blocks of 5th street, from Race to Broadway.

Food, drinks, and desserts from 45 area restaurants are for sale, giving the hundreds of thousands of people expected this holiday weekend a chance to sample fare from all over the Tri-State. It's free to get in and most orders cost between $3 and $5. Taste of Cincinnati runs from noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, and noon to 9pm on Monday.

To download a map of restaurant locations, click here

2013 Best of Taste
Appetizer - Crab Rangoon, Thai Taste
Entree - Honey Sweet & Sour Shrimp, Arloi Dee
Dessert - Vanilla Bourbon Bread Pudding, Blue Wisp
Go Vibrant (healthy dining) - Thai Fried Rice, Thai Taste 

Some of the other features of this year's Taste, about 70 live music performances on four stages. The full entertainment schedule can be found here.

New attractions for 2013 include the Taste of Cincinnati Experience, where foodies can get a more intimate dining experience with seating and live music in the P&G Gardens at 5th and Sycamore. There's also a Christian Moerlein Beer Garden on Fountain Square and Food Truck Alley on North Broadway, just off 5th.

Taste of Cincinnati full website