BOCKFEST RETURNS FOR 28TH YEAR February 28 – March 1, 2020

February 26, 2020 at 11:47 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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BOCKFEST RETURNS FOR 28TH YEAR

Join us on February 28 – March 1, 2020 as we celebrate 28 years of the funkiest festival in Cincinnati!
Friday February 28, 2020 – Steps off at 6PM

Starting at Arnold’s – Cincinnati’s oldest saloon – the Bockfest parade presented by Kroger and the On the Rhine Eatery is traditionally lead by a goat pulling a keg and the reigning Sausage Queen along with the official parade marshal. It travels up Sycamore Street to 12th Street to Main Street to Bockfest Hall and ends with the blessing of the bock beer. This officially marks the beginning of a weekend of festive celebration that might end in blaming a goat on your horizontal position. Goats, the German Renaissance, beer, irreverence and originality are all highly esteemed aspects of a parade entry. There are no fire trucks for the kids. In the past, entries have included faux-monks pulling a Trojan goat, futon queens, German beer bands, a four-poster bed pulled by slave labor, goats on Segways, a leather-clad whip wench with a huge whip, and patriotic chants of “drink more beer.” As usual, you can bring your favorite canine to walk with “The Bocking Dogs.”

The Bockfest Parade presented by Kroger and On the Rhine Eatery will be held on Friday February 28, 2020. The parade will start to form in front of Arnold’s Bar and Grill, located at 210 East 8th Street, at 5:00PM and steps off on at 6:00PM. The Bockfest Parade is Cincinnati’s funkiest and most entertaining parade. It can be watched from the street or from a number of participating venues along the route.

 

Celebrate the Coming of Spring, Over-the-Rhine’s brewing heritage, and bock beer at the largest Bockfest in the United States. Join us on February 28 – March 1, 2020 as we celebrate 28 years of the funkiest festival in Cincinnati!

There is something for everyone at the at one of the participating venues or at Bockfest Hall (located at the Christian Moerlein Brewery at 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati 45202)!

Party Like a Bockstar on Friday night by watching the Parade presented by Kroger and On the Rhine Eatery and beer blessing, then enjoying great food, cold bock beer, and live music including headliner the Naked Karate Girls.

Saturday morning starts off with the Bockfest 5K, then you can tap into the Bock Beer Blowout featuring local bock beer tastings with over 18 bocks on draft, homebrew competitions, historic brewery walking tours, Bockfeast Pig Roast, and fun beer games pitting local breweries vying for the coveted Brewers Cup.

Saturday night kicks back into high gear with the Billygoat Ball with more cold bock beer, the Beard Baron and Sausage Queen competitions, and headliner The Rusty Griswolds!

Bring the kids to Bockfest Hall on Sunday for Bock, Brunch, and Bavarians. The family fun starts with the Little Links childrens’ pageant and features kid-friendly games and petting zoo – plus Goat Yoga, the Bockfeast Pig Roast Dinner and Bock Bloody Mary Bar. The .05K Fun “Run” raises funds for the Brewing Heritage Trail and Continental Sunday showcases our rich heritage with live German music and dancing, steins and breweriana, historic brewery walking tours, and a series of local history talks.

Make sure to visit all the participating venues throughout the neighborhood with special offers all weekend long. The best part is Bockfest is FREE!

About Bockfest
Bockfest is first and foremost, a community event. In addition to throwing a great, three day long party, our goal is to celebrate and support our local community. We work to grow Bockfest every year, to increase attendance, to grow the parade, to add events, and to raise more money to spread the word. However, as enthusiastic as we are about growing the festival and sharing it with an increasingly wider range of America, we are unwavering in our commitment to keep Bockfest unique, authentic and local. There is no charge to the public to attend Bockfest and we work to include all types of local businesses because our goal is to promote Over-the-Rhine, its rich heritage, and the people who live and work here to as broad of an audience as we can reach.
http://www.bockfest.com/

It’s all about the Chili in Cincinnati………..

November 11, 2019 at 3:20 PM | Posted in chili | Leave a comment
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Very good article in the Sunday Edition of the Cincinnati Enquirer, click the link at the bottom of the post to read the entire article. It’s Chili Time!

 

It came in at No. 52 on Deadspin’s ranked list of foods by state. (51 was being hit by a car.) The New York Times was horrified by it. A lot of people who aren’t from Cincinnati –food bloggers, commentators, Yelpers from out of town – don’t like Cincinnati chili. Some of them can be condescending, dismissive and downright mean.

And we don’t care! Although Cincinnati basks in positive attention like being seventh best place for recent college grads, we don’t give a single coney with mustard what they say about our chili. That brick-colored splash that won’t come out of your blouse? That’s a badge of honor. It declares membership in an exclusive club.

Exclusive because Cincinnati is not blind to the weirdness of our chili. It’s not obvious like Buffalo wings or New Orleans gumbo. Anyone can like those! But if anyone can join, it’s not a club. Three-ways, tiny coneys, four-way with onion? Those you have to be born to love or make a conscious effort to see the light.

Chili pulls us together against the world. Anytime you’re eating chili, you know many of your city mates are eating it, too, though you may have nothing else in common with them. At one of my favorite places for a Greek salad and a couple of coneys, the Skyline at Fourth and Sycamore, there are businessmen in suits, ties flung over their shoulder, grabbing lunch. There are also guys who do building maintenance.

From time to time, I’ve thought about proclaiming the best Cincinnati chili. But I’m more interested in the variety: how chili is the same but different all over town. And how each Cincinnatian makes the experience their own. So I spent a few weeks just going to get chili with people at lunch or dinner or later in the evening. We talked about a lot of things. Including chili………
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/dining/2019/11/08/skyline-gold-star-empress-dixie-camp-washington-blue-ash-pleasant-ridge-identities-cincinnati-chili/3929488002/

QUEEN OF THE WING/CINCINNATI’S WINGFEST – September 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm

September 27, 2019 at 11:14 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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QUEEN OF THE WING/CINCINNATI’S WINGFEST
September 28 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Free

Details
Date:
September 28
Time:
11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Website:
https://www.queenofthewing.com/

 

Queen of the Wing: Cincinnati’s newest food festival is all things chicken wings

This new Cincinnati Festival has the stuff dreams are made of: chicken wings and sauces from more than 20 local vendors.

It’s a new festival, called Queen of the Wing, that will celebrate all things chicken wings.

It’s happening on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Washington Park from noon to 10 p.m.

The event is hosted by Agar and 3CDC and will have live music all day. There will also be several competitions, so organizers suggest that you bring wet-naps.

One vendor will be crowned the Queen of the Wing, as chosen by guests.

Wings will be able to be purchased individually and pricing will vary by vendor.
https://www.queenofthewing.com/

Ohio Festivals September 20-22, 2019

September 17, 2019 at 7:10 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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September 20-22, 2019 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
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/

 

September 21, 2019 Firehouse Clam and Steak Extravaganza
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
‘Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza’ Live music! Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake.
http://www.oldfirehousewinery.com/

 

September 21-22, 2019 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more! Every year the festival is packed with thing to do and see. It lasts all weekend long because there is simply too much to cram into one day! But if there’s one things everyone agrees on, it’s that the food is always out-of-sight awesome! Over the course of the weekend, a lot of people eat a lot of pork.
https://www.porkfestival.org/

CINCINNATI’S 52nd ANNUAL SUMMERFAIR FINE ARTS and CRAFTS FAIR

May 31, 2019 at 5:53 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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CINCINNATI’S 52nd ANNUAL SUMMERFAIR FINE ARTS and CRAFTS FAIR

Date And Time
Fri, May 31, 2019, 2:00 PM – Sun, Jun 2, 2019, 5:00 PM EDT

Location – Coney Island
6201 Kellogg Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45230

* Summerfair Cincinnati is returning to Coney Island this weekend for its 47th year.

* From May 30 to June 1, the fair will feature more than 300 artists and craftspeople, regional performers and a variety of food vendors.

* There will also be a youth arts area where children can participate in entertainment and hands-on activities.

We would like to welcome everyone to this year’s Summerfair. This event requires the hard work, dedication and a love of art from hundreds of volunteers — both members and outside volunteers.

The Fair showcases some of the best artists in 10 categories from all over the country. Art comes in all forms and as you walk the grounds of this beautiful location, we’re sure you will be entertained by the sounds of music, dancing and even an area for the children in youth arts, where they can express their creativity. With all the excitement, make sure you stop by and grab a bite to eat from one of our food artists in the gourmet food area. If you have any questions, please stop one of the Summerfair members wearing a green polo shirt.

Free Parking!

We’ll see you rain or shine!

Enjoy the Fair and thanks again for coming!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summerfair-2019-tickets-60028506880

The Cincinnati Garlic Festival 2019 Friday, May 31 and Saturday June 1, 2019

May 29, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Get Stinky: Arnold’s Bar & Grill to Host the Cincinnati Garlic Festival
The festival will take place over two days and will feature local garlic-themed foods

Arnold’s Bar & Grill isn’t afraid to get smelly with their food: Introducing the Cincinnati Garlic Festival 2019.

On Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, Cincinnatians can consume all the garlic they want via an assortment of specially prepared local food and beer at the downtown bar:

Listermann, Fifty West and Rhinegeist will bring their very own garlic beers
Madisono’s Gelato & Sorbetto will have garlic gelato
Wunderbar! will have garlic pretzels
La Soupe will be providing garlic soup
Sixteen Bricks will have garlic breads
Avril-Bleh butchers will provide assorted garlic sausages and meats
and Arnold’s will have a slew of garlic cocktails, appetizers, entrées and desserts from chef Kayla Robison
In 1998, Jim Tarbell hosted the original Cincinnati Garlic Festival in the Grammer’s parking lot in Over-the-Rhine, with restaurants, printed T-shirts and a garlic bulb mascot.

Arnold’s got Tarbell’s blessing and reinvented the Queen City tradition, and design firm We Have Become Vikings created the logo and modernized the mascot. Limited edition Cincinnati Garlic Fest T-shirts and hand-numbered screen prints will be available to purchase at the event.

In addition to food, there will be live music from Root Cellar Xtract 8-11:30 p.m. Friday and The Cincinnati Dancing Pigs 8-11:30 p.m. Saturday,

5-11 p.m. May 31; all day June 1. Free admission. Arnold’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown. More info: https://www.facebook.com/arnoldsbar/

https://www.citybeat.com/food-drink/the-dish/blog/21068625/get-stinky-arnolds-bar-grill-to-host-the-cincinnati-garlic-festival

Asian Food Fest 2019 May 11th and 12th – Freedom Way at The Banks, Cincinnati, Ohio

May 9, 2019 at 1:40 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Asian Food Fest 2019
Where: The Banks, Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut streets
When: noon-10 p.m. May 11, noon-8 p.m. May 12
Price: It’s free, the dishes cost $2-$6
Free Admission!

New this year, the Asian Food Fest will be located on Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets!

Features authentic food from mostly all countries from Asia including Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, India, Korea, Japan and many more. Chef Hideki Harada and his wife will be serving up some Japanese delights while Pho Lang Thang will be going back to its roots of the first food fest and will be dishing out some Pho!    https://www.asianfoodfest.org/

Cincy Cinco 2019 – Saturday May 4, 2019 – 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM

May 1, 2019 at 7:55 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with authentic music, culture, food and more. Runs Saturday noon-11 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m. Cinco de Mayo is a day to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride while it is also another great reason to party! Much like St Patricks Day and Oktoberfest, Cinco de Mayo in Cincinnati Ohio has several events and parties at local restaurants & bars. No matter your reasoning for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Cincinnati OH, you will find plenty of things to do. Around this time of year you will find several parades, Mexican Festivals and of course Margaritas & Corona specials. Not only is this day is a national holiday in Mexico but for most here in Cincinnati OH, Cinco de Mayo 2019 is a day to party and celebrate with friends!
http://events.cincinnati.com/cincinnati_oh/events/cincy-cinco-2019-/E0-001-125000301-3

You don’t have to be Latino to join in the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The holiday is akin to our Independence Day/Fourth of July holiday and celebrates the victory of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. You can count on every authentic Latino restaurant in the area being hyper-busy this weekend, so here are a few alternative options for having “mucha fiesta.”

Saturday
Cincy Cinco, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Downtown. Free. Family-friendly event showcases Latino music, culture and food. Children’s area with games, raffles, pinatas, cake and a mascot parade on Saturday. Live music from the region’s hottest Salsa bands. Traditional dances, Hispanic youth orchestra and more. Tacopolis features over a dozen restaurants offering wide variety of tacos and “alambres” (Mexican kabobs), plus Argentinian empanadas, Venezuelan fare and many other tasty treats. Largest Latino cultural celebration in the region. cincy-cinco.com.

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/2019/04/30/cinco-de-mayo-events-cincinnati-weekend/3620150002/

Ohio Festivals March 1 – 3, 2019

March 1, 2019 at 5:23 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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March 1-3, 2019
27th Annual Bockfest
Cincinnati, Ohio
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.
http://www.bockfest.com/

 

March 2-3 & 9-10, 2019 March Maple Madness Driving Tour
Statewide, Ohio
A statewide event sponsored by the Ohio Maple Producers Association and syrup makers across Ohio. Spend a day in Ohio’s beautiful countryside and see how clear, sweet sap from the maple tree becomes golden, delicious maple syrup. See website for details.
https://www.ohiomaple.org/maple-madness.html

The Gold Star ChiliFest Cincinnati Fire Museum – October 6, 2018

October 5, 2018 at 10:45 AM | Posted in chili, Festivals | Leave a comment
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IT’S BACK
October 6, 2018
12 noon-12 midnight
Cincinnati Fire Museum
315 W. Court St
FREE Admission

Gold Star Chili and the Cincinnati Fire Museum have joined forces once again to revive Gold Star ChiliFest after a 14-year hiatus. The original Gold Star ChiliFest was a Cincinnati tradition for over two decades. The new event will recapture the family-friendly fun with food trucks – all serving chili dishes, activities for the entire family, live music and a chili cook-off.

The Gold Star ChiliFest will be held at the Cincinnati Fire Museum and its adjacent lots on Plum and Court streets. The event and Museum admission are free to attend.

Planned activities include more than 20 games for children and adults alike, firefighter demonstrations, the popular touch-a-truck area, photos with local firefighters, antique fire trucks and a smokehouse. Live music for the day includes headliner Seven Bridges – Cincinnati’s hottest new band – and regional favorites Robin Lacy and DeZydeco, and the Alley Cats. Ten food trucks, including the Gold Star ChiliMobile, will sell delicious dishes, including at least one chili dish.
http://goldstarchilifest.com/

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