MARDI GRAS AT THE MARKET -Findlay Market Cincinnati, Ohio

February 24, 2017 at 9:23 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Mardi Gras at the Market is back, y’all! Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 11a-4p, and enjoy live music, Hurricane cocktails, local craft beers, food with a Cajun flair and merchant specials all day. Read on for the delectable details…


AVAILABLE ALL DAY:mardis-market

Mardi Gras-themed food from Smiley’s Bayou Catering & Schell’s Sweet & Savory Sensations
Hurricane Cocktails from LL Spirits
Local Craft Beer from Rhinegeist & Christian Moerlein
Merchant Specials (details below)
Live music from Lagniappe, J Dorsey Band and The Cincy Brass Jazz Quartet
Mardi Gras Beads (while supplies last)
WHEN: 26 February, 2017 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Findlay Market 1801 Race St. Cincinnati, Ohio


February 11, 2015 at 12:17 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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15 February, 2015 11:00 AM – 4:00 AMFindlay Market Mardis Gras

Findlay Market does its best French Quarter imitation for a day at our 11th Annual Mardi Gras at the Market celebration!

We’ll crown our 2015 Mardi Gras King, Jean-Robert de Cavel & Queen, Bridgett Raffenberg, at Noon and they’ll lead revelers on a Parade around the market to the music of Lagniappe. (Watch for special announcement of our 2015 King and Queen on January 27th!)

More live music by Robin Lacy & DeZydeco (1:15-2:30p) and RICKY NYE INC (2:45-4p)

Friends of Findlay Market hand out free beads and baubles.

Plenty of local craft beer in the Mardi Gras Music Tent.

Free samples of traditional lowland seafood boil courtesy of the Findlay Market Merchant Association. Cajun cooking demo by Chef Jay Woosley and the Happy Chefs.

Merchants deck out their stands and themselves as they compete for the prized Best Merchant Krewe trophy.


January 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM | Posted in chili, Festivals | Leave a comment
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WHEN – 25 January, 2015 11:00 AM – 3:00 PMGold Star Chili Cook off

Every January we heat up the market with the hottest chili cook-off in town! 2015 marks the 11th year the market has hosted local chili enthusiasts competing for our coveted Chili Meister crown. And we’re proud to have Gold Star Chili back as our Event Sponsor!

Cook-off is limited to first 25 contestants. First place: $100; second place: $50; and third place; $25. The winner automatically qualifies to compete in the All-Ohio Regional Chili Cook-Off held in September 2014. Each winner will also receive a gift basket loaded with Gold Star Chili goodies.

Limit 25 contestants!

Tenth Annual Findlay Market Chili Cook-Off

January 23, 2014 at 9:57 PM | Posted in chili | Leave a comment
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Tenth Annual Findlay Market Chili Cook-Off


WHERE Elder Street on north side of market house
WHEN Sunday, January 26, 2014
TIME 11 am–3 pm


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Up to 30 contestants will vie for the best chili as judged by Engine Co. 5. The winner qualifies for the All-Ohio Regional Chili Cook-Off. The event also features live music by Anna and Milovan, craft beer, and a free public tasting starting at 12:30 until it’s gone—plus merchant specials on chilis, coneys, and spices.
Every January we heat up the market with the hottest chili cook-off in town! This year marks the tenth year that local chili enthusiasts can compete for our coveted Chili Meister crown.

Who Will Be the Next Chili Meister?

Chili Meister – $100
Chili Monarch, – $50
Chiliologist, Third place – $50

Cook-off is limited to 30 contestants. Judges from Engine Co. 5 join the fun as our Judges.

The winner automatically qualifies to compete in the All-Ohio
Regional Chili Cook-Off held in September 2014.

Other event features:
► Live music by Anna and Milovan from noon until 2:30
► Plenty of cold Christian Moerlein craft beer
► Free public tasting starting at 12:30 until it’s gone
… and it goes fast!
► Merchant specials on chilis, coneys, spices and more

Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

December 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | 2 Comments
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Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

We’ve been working for several years to bring a winter farmers market to Findlay Market and this year you’ll finally have an opportunity to “eat local longer!”

Join us for the kick-off of our winter farmers market on Saturday, December 7 from 8am to 2pm. We will host the market every Saturday in the somewhat warm and friendly confines of the former Globe Furniture building on the corner of Elm and Elder across from the OTR Biergarten. Lots of the same vendors from our regular farmers market will be there, along with some new faces. Check back soon for a full listing of the participating famrers and food artisans you’ll find in our winter market.
The mission of our farmers market is to promote local, sustainable agriculture; increase economic opportunities for small family farms and innovative food businesses; provide equitable access to wholesome food; and build a vibrant gathering place for residents and visitors.
Products change at all farmers markets as availability waxes and wanes. What may be there one week may not be available the next. So shop often, snap up the goodies you see and you’ll be eating well all winter long.

Chicken ‘n’ Noodles w/ Boiled Mini Carrots and Whole Grain Bread

July 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM | Posted in carrots, chicken, Margaret Holmes Products, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Chicken ‘n’ Noodles w/ Boiled Mini Carrots and Whole Grain Breadnoodles-and-chicken-222




Spent the morning and early afternoon at the Findlay Market in Cincinnati. First time I’ve been down there in about 12 years or more. It’s really grown since I was there last. Any and all fruits, vegetables, meats, and baked goods. Really a neat place to visit! For dinner I prepared Chicken ‘n’ Noodles w/ Boiled Mini Carrots and Whole Grain Bread.




I used Margaret Holmes Simple Suppers Chicken n Noodles Fixins’. Another of my favorite Comfort Foods! It comes in a 5 serving can and contains the Noodles and Seasoning, I added the Chicken. I cut up 2 Chicken Breasts seasoning them with Sea Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Ground Smoked Cumin, and Parsley. I then fried them in a large skillet until done and added the can of Fixins’. Cooked until it the Sauce was bubbling and heated throughout. The broth that’s with Noodles is incredible! Rich and thick and seasoned just right. I left the info and web site link to Margaret Holmes at the end of the post. I had sides of Boiled Mini Carrots and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugarless Double Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.





Margaret Holmes Simple Suppers Chicken n Noodles Fixins’marg-holmes (1)

Chicken n’ Noodles will become a comfort-food favorite in any household. Add boneless, skinless chicken breast to a can of Simple Suppers Chicken n’ Noodles, which is filled with plump noodle dumplings and special seasonings.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size Serving size 2/3 cup as packaged (174g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 45
Calories 230

% Daily Values*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 860mg 36%
Potassium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g

Cincinnati’s Findlay Market is a world unto itself

March 18, 2013 at 8:35 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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I came across this article from the Boston Globe last week. A great piece on on the Cincinnati areas oldest and best market, The Findlay Market.




Cincinnati’s Findlay Market is a world unto itself

By Amy Sutherland | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MARCH 12, 2013
CINCINNATI — When traveling, it is hard to resist public markets, but in the United States they can be disappointing. Some are merely

Findlay Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country, offers meats, cheeses, and other refrigerated foods at counters on the inside and fresh produce stands on the outside.

Findlay Market, one of the oldest public markets in the country, offers meats, cheeses, and other refrigerated foods at counters on the inside and fresh produce stands on the outside.

glorified food courts or amusement parks where tourists can ogle a $7 heirloom tomato or watch fishmongers toss striped bass around, rather than a place to buy good ingredients for dinner. It’s a bad sign when you notice that far more people have cameras than shopping bags.

That is never the case at Findlay Market here. Shoppers are lugging totes bulging with feathery fennel, shiny red peppers, and neatly wrapped white butcher packages. They grab numbers at cheese counters, smell the cantaloupes, and pepper butchers with questions.

Cincinnatians have been shopping for groceries at Findlay since 1855, making it one of the oldest markets in the country. It outdates the city’s two major historic claims, the nation’s first suspension bridge, the John A. Roebling Bridge, and the first baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. A forward-thinking engineer used a little-known technology to build the cast and wrought iron market frame, which runs the length of two blocks and rises to an airy peak down the middle. Back then, before refrigeration, public markets were a necessity. They were the primary way for city-dwellers to buy fresh, perishable food from surrounding farms.

The large market was sited in what was at the time the city’s densest neighborhood, the Over-the-Rhine. As the name implies, the brick row houses were the homes of German-Americans. They drank beer at 2½ times the national average. You can still find “Biergarten” etched into the bricks of some buildings, but the area has long since changed into a rundown neighborhood of peeling paint and forgotten, weedy lots. Still, shoppers have never stopped coming, and the German heritage lives on at the market’s abundant butcher counters.

At Kroeger Meats, you’ll find a long stretch of sausage shimmering in the voluminous case’s bright light. There are four kinds of metts,

Findlay Market's endless butcher counters, many filled with sausages, speak to Cincinnati's German heritage.

Findlay Market’s endless butcher counters, many filled with sausages, speak to Cincinnati’s German heritage.

brats made from a recipe brought from Germany, orange-y andouille, chorizo, and a pork sausage made with Vidalia onions. Here the clerk can explain the difference between a southern German frankfurter and a northern German frankfurter. Or you can buy both and taste for yourself.

At the extremely popular Silverglades, which can be tough on a shopper with a touch of claustrophobia but worth the suffering, you’ll find more sausages as well as German cold cuts, such as coarse teawurst, bloodwurst, and pfefferwurst, as well as disc after disc of cheese. To give their orders, customers have to crane their necks around stacks of bread loaves and crackers on the high case, but its amazing what you can put up with when you want some black forest salami.
Besides this is market time, when you enjoy shopping instead of racing through a grocery store tossing yogurt into your cart. Findlay Market feels like a world unto itself, a kind of mini village within the city. The streets to either side of the original building are closed to traffic and have seats here and there so you can sit down and devour a pulled pork sandwich or a stick of landjager. All the refrigerated food, the planks of ribs, the ruby colored-crawdads are inside the building. Fresh produce stands line the outside, no matter the weather. Small shops such as Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, where you can pick up a jar of almond jam or a bottle of rosewater, ring the market.

When Findlay was renovated 10 years ago, devotees held their breath for fear it would beDisney-fied. They needn’t have worried. There are more food vendors, including the very fine crepes at Taste of Belgium and the fresh spring rolls at Pho Lang Thang, but they have not overtaken the market. Nor have the soap sellers and street musicians. Instead they’ve made the market more of a fair in a good way and brought in more people, and noticeably more families.

What hasn’t changed is the kinds of people you’ll see at Findlay. All kinds, as in all ages, incomes and colors, still shop here. It is one of the few places in Cincinnati where people from all walks of life mix.

And what has the power to draw them? Food, of course.

Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Cincinnati,

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!




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.

Gold Star Chili Cook-Off at Findlay Market Sunday January 15, 2012 Noon – 2:30pm

January 13, 2013 at 9:09 AM | Posted in chili, cooking | Leave a comment
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Calling all Chili enthusiasts – mark your calendars for Sunday, January 13, 2013. Get ready to compete for the Chili Meister title in the FindlayChili-Cookoff9th Annual Gold Star Chili Cook-Off at Findlay Market.
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor of the event, Christian Moerlein Breweing Company. TheOTR Biergarten will be open during the competition to sell you a bottle of delicious Christian Moerlien brew, with all proceeds benefitting the OTR Brewery District!
We are happy to announce that Gold Star Chili, the Flavor of Cincinnati, will once again, be the Event Sponsor! Gold Star is Cincinnati’s hometown chili. They are, like Findlay Market, pure Cincinnati, and proud of it. They are pleased to support our competition for the best homemade chili in town! Click here for more information about Gold Star Chili.
Thanks to the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati, who also returns as a sponsor and is providing some great gifts to our winner!
Our team of judges will be firefighters from OTR Engine Co. 5! Thank you for your service!
This year, we are excited to announce the featured band for the event, Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project! This dynamic band is a Markete favorite and brings a high energy concert each time they perform for our shoppers! Click here to learn more about their talented band members and their signature sound music!
The Annual Chili Cook-Off is an eagerly awaited event for amateur chili enthusiasts. Register NOW to compete for coveted titles and prizes awarded each year for Findlay Market’s best chili!
You know you make the best chili in town so this year, get in the contest to win:

1st Prize: Chili Meister $100 Findlay Market Gift Certificates one year membership to the CincinnatiFire Museum
$150.00 value
2nd Prize: Chili Monarch $50 Findlay Market Gift Certificates
3rd Prize: Master Chiliologist $50 Findlay Market Gift Certificates

Fire Museum will also award the 1st Prize winner one time use of the Museum Conference Room for private party for two hours and if the winner is a member of the International Chili Sociaety, they will receive free entry fee (435.00 value) to the Traditional REd Category in the All Ohio Regional Chili Cook-Off 9-7-13.
In addition, all three winners will receive gift baskets of Gold Star Chili products.

The event will take place inside a heated tent along West Elder Street. Register any time after 11:00am in the tent, get those crock pots and your garnishes ready because the competition begins at noon.
The public is invited to stop by after the competition is over, from 1:30pm – 3:00pm to sample chili, buy a beer from the OTR Biergarten and listen to Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project!
See, January IS HOT at Findlay Market!



Who will be the next Chili Meister?

Cincinnati Food Tours Presented by Daisy Mae’s Market

November 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Experience a foodie trip around the world during this 90-minute guided tour of Cincinnati’s historic Findlay Market. Your $15 ticket Taste of the Worldincludes stops and tastings at six specialty merchants. Optional $5 add-on completes your tour with wine tasting at Market Wines.

Taste the World at Findlay Market
You’ll meet at Daisy Mae‘s at the Race Street end of the market house where you’ll hear a brief introduction to Findlay Market. Then we’ll begin our walking tour visiting six merchants. Participating vendors may include: Fresh Table, Churchill’s Fine Teas, Mama Lo Hizo, Dean’s Mediterranean Imports, Dojo Gelato, Gramma Debbie’s Kitchen, Taste of Belgium, Skirtz & Johnston Fine Pastries and Chocolates, Bean Haus, Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, Market Wines, and Daisy Mae’s. At each stop you’ll meet the merchants, learn their history and products, and sample sips or small bites. If you’ve opted for the $5 add-on, you’ll conclude your tour at Market Wines and enjoy a wine tasting of four varieties from around the world. Or, on select weekends, you may choose to enjoy some local beer in our weekend OTR Biergarten.

Note: Merchant list is not all-inclusive, and stops vary by date and availability. We will post the list of the six participating merchants for each tour on our Facebook page as soon as confirmed.

Upcoming 2012 tours:
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm

2013 Tours:
Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Online reservations available soon for 2013 tours. Call 513-602-5602 for information.

Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

CORPORATE TOURS, PRIVATE GROUPS, AND FIELD TRIPS: We can arrange a private tour for your group of 8 or more. Price is $15 per person. Optional $5 add-on at Market Wines is available for those age 21 and over. Please contact us at least one week in advance to schedule.

KID-FRIENDLY stops, samples, and pricing for field trips. We’ll create a custom tour for you.

For questions or to make a reservation by phone, contact Barb Cooper at 513-602-5602 or

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