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Weekend brings Fourth Annual Cultural Heritage Festival to Price Hill

Local Roots band Wild Carrot will play on the music stage at the Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest this weekend
Julie Hotchkiss

If you’ve been to a Price Hill Cultural Heritage Festival, you know that this weekend promises a lot of fun, art, and music in East Price Hill. And if you haven’t been yet, don’t miss this year’s eclectic mix of cultures represented by food, live music, and local artists. The festival is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24.

The Cultural Heritage weekend begins on Friday evening with a Bike Tour and Gallery Walk along Price Avenue from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. Registration starts at 5:30 pm at the Price Hill Financial Opportunity Center, at 3918 Price Ave. The Bike Tour, which includes decorated bikes and costumed riders, will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., followed by the Gallery Walk featuring four art galleries with live music, local art, and refreshments from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Flats Gallery at Hawthorne and Price Avenues will feature the photos from the 2013 Price Hill Youth Photography Program, the Corner BLOC coffeeshop across the street will have works by local artists, and the Warsaw Project Gallery on Warsaw Avenue near Hawthorne will display the winning photographs in this year’s Looking Up Photo Contest. Prizes will be awarded to the finalists, the Grand Prize winner, and new this year, the People’s Choice winner, at the gallery that evening. In addition, the Price Hill Financial Opportunity Center on Price Aveue will have an installation of collages created by local residents.

Then on Saturday, the festival continues from noon to 6:00 p.m. on St. Lawrence Corner, where Warsaw, St. Lawrence, and Enright Avenues meet. Local artists will have their wares for sale, and there will be music throughout the day, headlined by regionally popular singer/songwriter Tracy Walker and featuring several other groups, including Cincinnati’s only all-female Latin Salsa band, Orquestra Kandela, the award winning folk-roots group, Wild Carrot, and the local youth band Blues in the Schools.

The Price Hill Historical Society will be open for the afternoon, with tours of the museum available. There will also be a photography contest, a silent auction, plenty of food vendors, craft beers, kids’ activities, and the popular Grill Master challenge. This year’s challenge will have five contestants competing in a cook-off beginning at noon. The five chefs will each prepare a meal using the same mix of ingredients, but in five distinctly different regional cooking styles, including Continental, country/soul, Guatemalan/French fusion, Mexican, and Northern European.

The food, the music, the art, the museum, and all of the activities celebrate the rich cultural history and community spirit of Price Hill. All Cultural Heritage Fest events are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, visit the Price Hill Cultural Heritage Fest website.

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