Cincinnati Coffee Festival canceled for 2020

After careful consideration and consultation with experts, the organizers of the Cincinnati Coffee Festival have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event. It was set to take place Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 at Cincinnati Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

“As much as we love gathering thousands of coffee and tea lovers to celebrate their favorite beverages, the health and safety of our attendees, vendors, volunteers and staff are always our top priorities,” said Rich Cogen, executive director of Ohio River Foundation, which produces the event. “Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to produce a high-quality, fun and safe event in 2020.”

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This would have been the fourth year for the festival, which showcases local and regional coffee roasters, coffee and tea shops, bakers, pastry shops, and chocolatiers. Beyond sampling those vendors’ wares, attendees experience latte art, expert presentations and live music.

Importantly, the event also highlights Ohio River Foundation’s conservation work and serves as a major fundraiser to support it. The Cincinnati-based nonprofit offers successful programs aimed at protecting and improving the water quality and ecology of the Ohio River and its watershed. Coffee has a natural connection to that mission.

“Without great water, you can’t have great coffee,” Cogen said.

To support Ohio River Foundation’s important work, please donate at

“Although we’re disappointed about not gathering this year, we’re already planning ahead for an even better event in 2021,” Cogen added. “In the meantime, we hope you’ll join us as we continue to celebrate the coffee and tea culture in our area (and beyond). Visit for some of our favorite ways to do so.”

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