Bockfest Returns for 23rd Year – Saturday March 6-8, 2015

March 4, 2015 at 10:19 AM | Posted in Festivals | 1 Comment
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Celebrate the coming of spring, historic Over-the-Rhine, and Cincinnati’s brewing heritage at the oldest and largest Bockfest in the United States.
Bockfest™ 2015 – Celebrating 23 YearsBockfest

 

Bockfest™ occurs during the first full weekend of March. It begins with a parade on Friday evening that starts at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest saloon. The parade is lead by a goat pulling a keg of bock beer and the reigning Sausage Queen. It ends at Bockfest Hall where the ceremonial first keg is blessed, the best Parade entries are honored, and Bockfest™ officially begins. The Hall is open throughout the weekend and features live entertainment, great food, historic walking tours, authors and breweriana, a homebrew competition, 5K, Continental Sunday celebrations and lots of delicious bock beer. Bockfest™ is not just limited to the Hall. It occurs in a over a dozen participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and downtown, and all events are free to the public (except for the tours and the 5K). A free shuttle bus runs a continuous loop around locations, including Garfield Suites which is offering a special Bockfest™ Rate for festival goers.

 

 

Bockfest™ Hall and Festival Tent

BockfestHallBockfest™ Hall and the Bockfest™ Festival Tent are the center of the weekend’s activities. They open Friday March 6, 2015 at 5PM as the Bockfest™ Parade is beginning to form on 8th Street. The Hall is located at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Event Hall at 1619 Moore Street (directions). The Parade ends at the Hall, where the weekend’s festivities get started with the official blessing of the beer and awarding of the best parade entry. Throughout the weekend, the Hall and Festival Tent feature live music, bock beer and food. On Saturday, they host a celebration of local bock beers along with the Bloatarian Brewing League’s bock home brew competition, and is the starting point for the Prohibition Resistance Tours.

In addition to live music, Saturday evening includes the final round of Sausage Queen competitions and the crowning of Bockfest™ Royalty 2015. Continental Sunday is family-friendly entertainment that celebrates Sundays in Over-the-Rhine in the 1800s. The day features a variety of authentic German entertainment provided by participating German-American societies, German food, and beer specials. Sunday also brings the return of the steins, breweriana, authors, exhibitions, and tours.

 

All events at Bockfest™ Hall and the Festival Tent (except for tours) are free and open to the public.

Bockfest venues are located throughout Over-the-Rhine and downtown Cincinnati, and are easily accessed from I-75 and I-71.

 

http://www.bockfest.com/

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Celebrate Cincinnati’s Rich Brewing History At Bockfest 2013

March 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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OVER-THE-RHINECincinnati‘s ultimate celebration of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage turns 21 this year. Bockfest 2013 will kick off bockfestFriday, March 1 and continue through Sunday, March 3.

The celebration begins with a parade Friday evening that starts at Arnold‘s Bar and Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest saloon, and ends at Bockfest Hall in Over-the-Rhine (1619 Moore Street), where the ceremonial first keg is blessed.

On Saturday, you can participate in the new Bockfest 5K, which is part of the Christian Moerlein Beer Series through the Flying Pig Marathon.

Bockfest Hall is open throughout the weekend with live entertainment, food, brewery tours, and Saturday night is the finals of the Sausage Queen contest. Sunday is Continental Sunday, where Bockfest Hall will be the site for dancing, music, a German buffet and $1 off beer for anyone in traditional German dress.

Over a dozen participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and the central business district will join in the Bockfest celebration, all with no admission fee. In addition, a free shuttle bus runs a continuous loop among the Bockfest sites all weekend long.

Other activities include the Bockfest Local Bock Beer Celebration and Homebrew Competition on Saturday, March 2, and the Beer Barons Bock Tours on March 2 and March 3, a two-and-a-half-hour walking tour of Cincinnati’s brewing heritage.

“Little Kings” Sausage Queen Finals will be Saturday, March 2, 7-8:30 p.m. at Bockfest Hall.

Bockfest Parade, Friday, March 1, 6 p.m., the parade starts in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill at 210 East Eighth Street in downtown Cincinnati and travels up to Main Street to Bockfest Hall, ending with the blessing of the bock beer.

For more information on the weekend’s events, visit http://www.bockfest.com/.
http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/Celebrate-Cincinnatis-Rich-Brewing-History-At/i4AJrUFFTUWTvHgGl8t1rw.cspx

Mardi Gras at the Market Sunday February 10th

January 23, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | 2 Comments
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Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 10th, as we again celebrate Mardi Gras at the Market on the south side of the market house find madialong Essen Strasse. Plan to spend the day at this FREE family-friendly event, enjoying four of the best bands in town and sampling a traditional lowland seafood boil. The OTR Biergarten will be open, selling Christian Moerlein beers, and Market Wines will host a special winetasting.
Merchants will decorate their stands for Mardi Gras and compete for prizes in the annual Merchant Spirit contest!
The Friends of Findlay Market will hand out lots of colorful beads to make you feel like you’re in New Orleans and the Mardi Gras King and Queen, Steve Hampton and Joy Pierson, will be crowned before leading a parade around the Market to the music of Lagniappe.

The schedule of Mardi Gras Activities on Essen Strasse include:

10:30 – 11: am Lagnaippe

11:15am Announce winner of Merchant Spirit Contest

11:30am Crown King and Queen of Mardi Gras

11:45am Mardi Gras Parade through Findlay Market

12:30 – 1:30pm Robin Lacy & DeZydeco

1:45 – 2:45pm Ricky Nye Inc.

3:00 – 4:00pm The Medicine Men

Market grillers who will be set up with plenty of sandwiches and other tasty specialites.

10:00am Celebrate Mardi Gras with S &J Bakery and Cafe and enjoy some of their fresh brewed chicory coffee, fresh fried beignets or a steaming cup of gumbo. Looking for a King Cake? S&Jwill have them as well!

12:30 til it’s gone! Free Lowland Seafood Boil Sampling, prepared by Chef /Owners Josh Campbell of Mayberrys and Matt Bueschle of Virgil’s Cafe!

We also thank our Sponsors – Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, Arts Wave, and CityBeat!

 

http://www.findlaymarket.org/blog/index.php?newsId=249

 

 

 

Mardi Gras King and Queen Announced
On Sunday, February 10th Findlay Market presents its 9th annual Mardi Gras at the Market. We are please to announce the 2013 Mardi Gras King and Queen.
They are Steven Hampton and Joy Pierson. They will be crowned just before the Parade, which they will then lead around the Market square, accompanied by the music of Lagniappe, and shoppers who want to join the fun.
Steven Hampton is the Executive Director of the Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation. This neighborhood group focuses on preserving and promoting Over-the-Rhine‘s unique brewing history and historic architecture, as well as working to sustainably redevelop it. Mr. Hampton has been instrumental in bringing tens of thousands of people to the Brewery District for events such as Bockfest, brewery tours, and many other unique events showcasing the neighborhood. He is a trustee for the Over-the-Rhine Community Council among much other community involvement. Mr. Hampton is a LEED Accredited architect with his own practice in Over-the-Rhine, where he works with clients to sustainably renovate the historic architecture in Cincinnati.

Joy Pierson is an avid fan of Findlay Market and published a cookbook with a Findlay Market focus. Cincinnati’s Cookin! includes 135 recipes from family, friends and Market vendors, as well as tips on shopping at the Market.
Joy grew up on the west side of Cincinnati in a large Catholic family of 14 children. She left Cincinnati for 16 years and explored local farmers’ markets throughout the country – but Findlay Market is by far her favorite! Joy shops at the Market at least once weekly and often brings newcomers to experience the Market.
Joy works for the City of Cincinnati, but people frequently assume she works at the Market. Her daughters Grace and Emma Cunningham actually do work at Findlay Market at Bouchard’s.
Cincinnati’s Cookin! has a great variety of recipes including breads and coffee cakes, main dishes, starters, soups, salads, sides, sweets, and miscellaneous recipes, too. You’ll find local favorites like Goetta, Cincinnati Style Chili and Hanky Pankies, as well as a twist on old favorites like Skyline Chili Lasagna, Oktoberfest Goetta “Rueben” Dip and Vegan Cincinnati Chili.
Over 600 copies of Cincinnati’s Cookin! have been sold. It is sold at Bouchard’s inside the Market House and at Joseph Beth Booksellers.
We can’t wait to see them in the purple robes and golden crowns of our Mardi Gras King and Queen.

 

http://www.findlaymarket.org/blog/index.php?newsId=365

Bockfest 2012 – Celebrating 20 years!

March 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM | Posted in brats, Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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All about Bockfest! You can click on the link at the bottom to get all the info.

Bockfest 2012 – Celebrating 20 years!

March 2-4, 2012

Bockfest is a celebration of historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati‘s brewing heritage and the coming of spring. There are several bock beer festivals that take place around the world, but Cincinnati‘s Bockfest is the oldest and largest in the United States. Bockfest occurs during the first weekend of March. It begins with a parade on Friday evening that starts at Arnold’s Bar & Grill, Cincinnati’s oldest saloon. The parade is lead by a goat pulling a keg of bock beer and the reigning Sausage Queen. It ends at Bockfest Hall where the ceremonial first keg is blessed, the best Parade entries are honored, and Bockfest officially begins. The Hall is open throughout the weekend and features live entertainment, great food, historic walking tours, authors and breweriana, a homebrew competition, Continental Sunday celebrations and lots of delicious bock beer. Bockfest is not just limited to the Hall. It occurs in a number of participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and the central business district. There is no admission fee for the hall and typically no admission fee for the participating venues. (If a venue charges a fee, it will be indicated on the event schedule.) A free shuttle bus runs a continuous loop around location, including Garfield Suites which is offering a special Bockfest Rate for festival goers.

Events:
Pretzelfest
Steins in the Rhine
20th Celebration Dinner
Sausage Queen
Precipitation Retaliation
Bock Tapping
Bockfest Weekend Bockfest Parade
Bockfest Hall
Continental Sunday
Brewery & Church Tours
Participating Venues
Shop Bock & The Craft Menagerie

http://bockfest.com/

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