September 21-23, 2018 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Cincinnati, Ohio

September 19, 2018 at 2:16 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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America’s Oktoberfest
September 21-23, 2018

Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

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“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce

August 27, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is – Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce. This one is off the CooksRecipes website (https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html), courtesy of the Mushroom Council. Delicious and beautiful Portabella Strips deep fried in a Beer Batter! Also included is a recipe for a Spicy Dipping Sauce. This is just one of many delicious recipes you can find at the Cooks site. Recipes to please all tastes, diets, and cuisines. Check it out today. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2018!

Beer-Battered Portabella Strips with Spicy Dipping Sauce

Recipe Ingredients:
3 cups beer or ale
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 quarts mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
24 Portabella mushrooms, slice about 3/8-inch thick (about 2.5 ounces each; stems reserved for other use)
Lemon zest, for garnish as needed

Cooking Directions:
1 – Whisk together beer and flour; let sit at least 2 hour
2 – To make sauce, mix mayonnaise, zest, lemon juice, cilantro and cayenne pepper until well combined; reserve.
3 – Dip Portabella strips into reserved beer batter.
4 – Deep fry until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes.
5 – Serve with 1/4 cup Spicy Sauce on the side. Garnish with lemon zest, if desired.
Makes 24 servings.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Mushroom Council.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/beer-battered_portabella_strips_with_spicy_dipping_sauce_recipe.html

Cincy Brew Ha-Ha August 24 – 25, 2018

August 24, 2018 at 12:43 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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America’s Largest Beer and Comedy Festival returns to Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point Park for its 12th year! Featuring more than 100 beers, ciders & wine along with over 80 comedians on 4 stages. Cincy Brew Ha-Ha creates the perfect recipe for a great time with friends, laughter and plenty of beer.

Friday, Aug. 24th from 5pm to 12 Midnight
Saturday, Aug. 25th from 4pm to 12 Midnight

The comedy is absolutely FREE!!!
$5.00 = Beer Wristband that gives you access to drink
​$1.00 = 1 Beer Ticket (2 Beer Tickets = Sample Size Beer &
7 Beer Tickets = Full Size Beer)

Sawyer Point Park is located at 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, OH.

https://www.cincybrewhaha.com/

Ohio Festivals August 24-26, 2018

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August 24-25, 2018 Uncork’d WineFest – Ashtabula, Ohio
Formerly known as Wine & Walleye Festival. Original Festival, New Name. Celebrating Ashtabula County’s favorite exports, the festival has live music, wine tastings, a fishing tournament, and food from local restaurants.
http://www.uncorkdwinefest.com/

August 24-26, 2018 53rd Annual German-American Festival
Oregon, Ohio
Taking place at Oak Shade Grove. The Toledo Area’s Oldest, Largest and Greatest Ethnic Festival With Authentic German Food, Beer, and Entertainment. (also: gafsociety.org/Festival_Information.htm ) Attendance: 30,000
https://germanamericanfestival.net/

August 25-26, 2018 Annual Cleveland Garlic Festival – Cleveland, Ohio
Funds from the Cleveland Garlic Festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. We administer and expand our educational and charitable market programs, which continue to be very important complements to our market season (Food Stamp enhanced purchases/EBT-SNAP, Music at the Market, Chef at the Market, Mighty Locavores K-2 educational programming in Cleveland Municipal School District and much more). With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year.
http://clevelandgarlicfestival.org/

Ohio Festivals August 9-12, 2018

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August 9-12, 2018 48th Ohio Valley Antique Machinery Show
Georgetown, Ohio
Antique/craft/flea market, 4 parades, tractors, engines & equipment, Sunday antique car show, camping & RV sites, baby costume contest, entertainment, antique and garden tractor pulls, covered bridge, log cabin livin’, threshing, sawmill, rock crushing, canning, broom making, grist mill, block making, shingle mill, blacksmith, etc.
http://www.ovams.com/

August 10, 2018 11th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala
Tiffin, Ohio
The Gala is a gourmet food and wine event that benefits the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and Seeds of Hope Farm in Tiffin. The event celebrates local and seasonal cuisine by featuring the chemical-free, fresh produce, herbs, poultry and eggs from Seeds of Hope Farm. Chefs representing area restaurants and businesses from northwest Ohio and around the country participate in the Gala. Each chef plans his or her menu based on the available produce and other seasonal items from the Farm.
http://felctiffin.org/gala/gala-2018/

August 10-12, 2018 Germanfest Picnic – Dayton, Ohio
Presented by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the annual picnic will feature continuous live music, authentic German food, keg tapping, crafts, genealogy support, and kid zone.
http://daytongermanclub.org/

August 10-12, 2018 North Ridgeville Corn Festival
North Ridgeville, Ohio
The annual festival will feature Sweet’s corn steamed or roasted. Enjoy musical entertainment, parade, arts and crafts show, amusement rides, games, food, corn eating contest, 5 & 10k run, car show and horseshoe tournament.
http://www.nrcornfest.org/

Jungle Jim’s Backyard Bash July 28 | 1-6 pm

July 26, 2018 at 4:06 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Join us at our largest Summer extravaganza!  July 28 | 1-6 pm

The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s International Market
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014

Summer is in full swing, and it’s time to relax, soak up the sun, and, more importantly, eat delicious food! With over 40 booths serving Bacon, Cheese, Barbecue, Seafood and much, much more, your options are vast, with over 200 products to sample! Sip on a refreshing sample from our Craft Beer Garden or purchase a mouthwatering summer cocktail at one of The Oscar Event Center bars. This will be our largest summer extravaganza, so why not start a new summer tradition with family and friends? Plus, if you find something you love, every product sampled in the show can be purchased inside Jungle Jim’s! So the festival really goes on all year long!

The Festival
Four Junglefests in one
Are you ready for the largest summer celebration this season? Jungle Jim’s Backyard Bash is a brand new take on your favorite Junglefests. This year we are combining our love for Beer, BBQ, Bacon, Cheese, Seafood, and more into one giant summer extravaganza! Join us for a summer getaway right in our backyard.

Calling all Beer Fanatics
As if unlimited food samples weren’t enough, you can purchase a VIP ticket to unlock access to our Craft Beer Garden! All VIPs receive a commemorative pint glass, five sample tickets, and five pint tickets. Redeem these tickets to enjoy five pint-sized beers and sample five more! Additional drink tickets will be available for those who just can’t get enough.

Unlimited food samples
By combining four fests into one, we will be packing the day full of more products to sample than any Junglefest before! To top it all off, the show will be held in both The Oscar Event Center and the Greenhouse. Sample as much as you would like from over 40 vendors with more than 200 products!

Packed with family fun
Summer is the time to recharge, indulge, and unwind. However, there’s no need to do it alone. We’ve planned some exciting surprises around every corner for all ages, after all it is Jungle Jim’s! Enjoy live music or try your odds at our raffle booth. Regardless, this will be a summer to remember!

http://junglejims.com/backyard-bash/

Ohio Festivals July 12-15, 2018

July 11, 2018 at 5:01 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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A lot of festivals this week!

July 12-14, 2018
Annual Italian American Festival
Akron, Ohio
Sponsored by the Italian-American Council, the festival will offer food, contests, music, fireworks and more. Attendance: 50,000.
http://it-am.org/

July 12-15, 2018
69th Annual Miami Valley Steam Threshers Show
Plain City, Ohio
Demonstrations of steam engines, antique tractors, gas engines, saw, shingle and veneer milling, drag saw, baling, prony brake, draft horses, threshing, and operating blacksmith shop. There will also be flea markets, arts, crafts, food, model engines, entertainment, tractor pulls and a large parade.
https://www.mvsteam.com/

July 13-14, 2018 Ohio Veterans 12th Annual BBQ Cook-off
Kettering, Ohio
The annual Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event is presented by American Legion Post 598 of Kettering. Watch professional BBQ teams vie for the championship trophy and share in a purse of $6,000! Live Band.
http://www.ohioveteransbbq.com/

July 13-15, 2018 Delta Chicken Festival – Delta, Ohio
Enjoy chicken dinners, a midway, elephant rides, entertainment, pageant, Chicken Run, pancake breakfast, volleyball and dodgeball tournaments, and a parade.
https://sites.google.com/view/deltachickenfestival/

July 13-21, 2018 13th Ohio Brew Week Festival – Athens, Ohio
Ohio Brew Week celebrates Ohio’s diverse microbrews during the weeklong festival. You can enjoy more than 200 craft beers from 40 Ohio microbreweries. Events include craft brew cooking competiton, Brew BQ Cookoff, homebrew competition, and Boogie on the Bricks.
https://ohiobrewweek.com/

July 14, 2018 India Food Fair
Macedonia, Ohio
An Indian Food and cultural extravaganza. Come and experience mouth watering Indian cuisine, music, dance and a host of games and entertainment. If you are looking for a fun-filled evening for your whole family, you will not be disappointed. The event will have free entry and free parking! Time: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm.
https://www.indiafoodfaircleveland.com/

BACON, BOURBON and BREW FESTIVAL WEDNESDAY

July 9, 2018 at 10:02 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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BACON, BOURBON and BREW FESTIVAL WEDNESDAY
Dates: July 12, 13, 14, 15

Location: Newport Riverfront

Dates and Times
Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival Festival Park Newport
Thu, Jul 12, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Fri, Jul 13, 2018 – 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Sat, Jul 14, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
Sun, Jul 15, 2018 – 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm

The Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival is dedicated to the area’s rich history and connections to the brewing and pork industries as well as our region’s long ties to the bourbon industry. Each of the festival food vendors will feature creative bacon dishes including freshly prepared items sure to delight every bacon lover. Live music, games and more are part of the family fun. For more information, please contact Marc at: 513-477-3320.

http://www.newportky.gov/Blogs/Events/Archives/2018/01/2018-Festivals-in-Newport.aspx

Jungle Jim’s – International Craft Beer Festival June 15 and 16, 2018 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm

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International Craft Beer Festival
June 15 and 16, 2018 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
(Early Admission begins 6:30pm)

PURCHASE TICKETS
Where: The Oscar Event Center
5440 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014
Cost: $25-$65
http://junglejims.com/craft-beer-festival/

We’re exploring the world of craft beer this Father’s Day Weekend with our biggest beer event of the year! Jungle Jim’s International Craft Beer Festival is a two-night celebration of all things craft beer – brought to you by our award winning Beer Department, one of the Top 5 Beer Retailers in the country! Looking for a memorable Father’s Day gift? With General Admission and Early Admission tickets available and food included in the price of your ticket, our International Craft Beer Festival is your chance to sample from hundreds of beers and breweries, hang out with friends and family and have an awesome Father’s Day Weekend. Cheers!

More Than Beer
Food
Every ticket comes complete with a complimentary picnic-style meal. When you go through the food line, you’ll receive a BBQ beef sandwich, potato chips, coleslaw or potato salad, and a bottle of water.

Cigars
One of our cigar experts will be selling a selection of world-class cigars from Jungle Jim’s Humidor. You’re encouraged to take your smoke and your beer sample out onto the terrace to enjoy the classic pairing.

Souvenirs and Charity
We’ll be selling International Craft Beer Festival t-shirts at our Souvenir’s Table in addition to more beer paraphernalia than you can possibly imagine! All proceeds from the sales at the Charity Table will be donated to a worthy cause.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

June 11, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Beer and Chili……….

You can marinate meat for your chili in beer. It’s a great tenderizer for tough, inexpensive cuts of beef, and it will great flavor. All you need to do is soak the meat for an hour before cooking, or marinate overnight in the refrigerator. Enjoy that Chili!

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