Up to 500K expected at massive Ohio food festival

CINCINNATI (AP) — Visitors of a massive food festival in downtown Cincinnati this weekend will have a chance to help victims of Oklahoma’s deadly tornado.

Organizers of the 35th annual Taste of Cincinnati say they’ve partnered with the American Red Cross to raise money for Oklahoma relief. People can donate at a booth on Fountain Square in the heart of the festival.

The event, staged along the same six downtown blocks as Oktoberfest, runs Saturday through Monday.

Some 45 restaurants have stands with vittles such as risotto balls, deep-fried cheesecake, quarter-pound cookies and sweet potato bread pudding.

There’s also a strong German presence, with bratwursts, potato pancakes and cream puffs.

Among new attractions this year are a beer garden and a food truck alley.

Up to 500,000 people are expected to visit.

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