Hey, beer lovers! Cincinnati’s Craft Beer Oktoberfest set for Oct. 18-19

October 16, 2013 at 4:35 PM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Cincinnati’s Craft Beer Oktoberfest set for Oct. 18-19
cincinnati.com — Listermann Brewing Company will bring their regular and seasonal beers to second annual Local Beer Oktoberfest, which takes place Oct. 18-19. Participating breweries are: Blank Slate, Fifty West, Christian Morelein, Rock Bottom, Rivertown, Mt. Carmel, MadTree, Cellar Dweller, Wiedemann, Rhinegeist, Double Barrel, Triple Digit and Listermann. Only one Oktoberfest beer will be sold.


In addition to beer, the family- and dog-friendly event will include live music all day, food vendors and German booths, banners and parades from the German-American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati.


Friday will be “Free Food Friday” (while supplies last), with a pig roast from Parkers Blue Ash Tavern and brats and metts from Glier’s Meats from 5 p.m.-midnight. (Vegetarian options and other food will be available for purchase.)


Rare Beer” Saturday begins with kegs and eggs, with free Glier’s goetta starting at 9 a.m. A rare beer tapping, with all breweries tapping a rare or special brew, will take place at 10 a.m. The ceremonial keg tapping of Listermann Oktoberfest will take place at 4 p.m.

For more info click the link below.



“Operation Pumpkin 2013! Oct. 4, 5 & 6” Historic Downtown Hamilton, OH.

September 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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“Operation Pumpkin 2013! Oct. 4, 5 & 6” Historic Downtown Hamilton, OH.

Fri-Sat 11am-10pm & Sun 11am-5pm In Historic Downtown Hamilton, OH.


Festivalgoers of all ages are gearing up for Operation Pumpkin 2013, a pumpkin and art festival, which will be held in downtown Hamilton on October 4-6. This free, family-friendly event is expected to draw more than 40,000 attendees. Hours are next Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; next Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and next Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to organizer Jason Snyder, the second-year event has added more vendors, events and attractions for 2013. There are more than 140 vendors slated to participate, with a maximum capacity of about 165 vendors.


Events this year include:
Sanctioned Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off hosted by the SOGPG
Vintage Hamilton Wine Tasting hosted by the Ohio Wine Producers
Double Dam Regatta hosted by the Great Miami Rowing Center
Giant Pumpkin Regatta on the Great Miami River
Live Local Entertainment
Local Artisans
Delicious Cuisine
Pet Parade
Amusement Rides
Duck Race
Hamilton School’s Decorated Pumpkin Display
and more!

August 2-3, 2013 Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest

July 30, 2013 at 9:03 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food, ribs | Leave a comment
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August 2-3, 2013 Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest
Canal Winchester, Ohio
The event will offer live blues music, rib and food vendors, a beer garden, and local arts/artisans. A great atmosphere for friends, and family to relax and enjoy Smokin’ Blues, Sizzlin’ Hot Ribs, & More! Admission is free!





Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest – Smokin’ Blues, Sizzlin’ Hot Ribs, & More!

Downtown Canal Winchester August 2nd & 3rd, 2013 FREE ADMISSION
WHAT: A two day summer street celebration featuring live blues music, world-class ribs, a wide variety of quality non-rib food options, locally crafted items/art, children’s activities, and a beer garden for our Blues/Rib-loving friends 21 and over.

WHEN: August 2nd and 3rd, 2013 (RAIN OR SHINE)

HOURS: Friday (2nd) 5PM -11PM & Saturday (3rd) Noon-11PM

WHERE: Historic Downtown Canal Winchester (radiating from closed intersection of High & Waterloo Streets).

PARKING: On/Off-street public parking is available in the areas adjacent to the Ribfest grounds. Handicap tag/sticker parking available at the West Waterloo Street entrance east of Washington Street. Click HERE for general directions.

As Ohio‘s only all-Blues & Ribs outdoor festival, this event draws serious rib and blues aficionados from around the state with annual attendance estimates in excess of 28,000. It promotes Ohio and regional blues musicians as well as area artists/craftspeople.



July 19-21, 2013 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, Ohio

July 18, 2013 at 7:31 AM | Posted in Festivals, grilling, ribs | 1 Comment
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July 19-21, 2013 Jazz & Rib Fest – Columbus, OhioJazfest
The Jazz & Rib Fest has become one of the most anticipated traditions in Columbus–thanks to hot ribs, cool jazz and great fans!
The Jazz & Rib Fest is a highly anticipated summertime tradition offering both jazz and rib connoisseurs the finest in music and barbeque for more than thirty years. Building off the success of our move to the premier entertainment destination of downtown Columbus, we are thrilled to once again call The Arena District the home of hot ribs and cool jazz. McFerson Commons and North Bank Park stages will anchor the event with performances featuring the best regional and international jazz artists. The Jazz Café at North Bank Pavilion will showcase local artists on an intimate riverfront stage set against the city skyline. Award winning rib-burners representing 10 states and Canada will fire up their grills along Spring & Long Streets to compete for “Best Ribs” bragging rights.



Friday, July 19: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21: 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Arena District: North Bank Park, McFerson Commons, and Spring & Long Streets in downtown Columbus, Ohio. Click here for more details on the location.

Surrounding areas of The Arena District. Click here for more details on where to park.

Typically sunny and warm: average day time temperature 85 °F

All food vendors will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Food and concessions will be available during event hours only.

Enjoy hot ribs and cool jazz on three different stages all weekend long! Click here for more details on the performance schedule.


Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest June 14 and 15, 2013

June 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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Jungle Jim goes all out for our festivals, and as he says, “The bigger the better, Baby!” We’ll have more breweries and better quality BEERFESTbeers than any other beer festival in Cincinnati! That’s 350 beers from 100 different breweries – where else can you find so many different kinds of beer?

There will be brew masters available to talk about the craft and imported beers and we’ll also have some rare beers that you might not get the chance to sample again. You won’t want to miss the firkin tapping at the start of each night or the opportunity to talk with brew masters about anything beer related. Check out the Details page for more information.

Mark your calendars now for June 14 and 15, 2013 for one of the largest Beer Festivals in Cincinnati. Jungle Jim’s International Beer Fest.


The Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s
5440 Dixie Hwy

Fairfield, Ohio 45011

Phone Number(s)
Local Number: (513) 674-6000
E-mail Address(es)
General Information: contactus@junglejims.com
Friday: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Special Hours:

Friday, June 14: 40.00
Saturday, June 15: 45.00
Fri./Sat. Non-drinker: 15.00

Events Dates:
6/14/2013 – 6/15/2013


MainStrasse Village Goettafest Covington, Ky. June 14-16, 2013

June 12, 2013 at 8:06 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest




Chosen as one of the Summer’s Top Ten Festivals and Events by the Kentucky Tourism Council and the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events, MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest invites you to join in the excitement.



Brought to Northern Kentucky by the early German immigrants, Goetta has always been a breakfast staple in the Greater Cincinnati area. Now it’s not just for breakfast! Sample Goetta Hanky Pankies, Goetta Pizza, Goetta Balls, Goetta Gumbalya, Goetta Chedda Cheese, Goetta Chili, Goetta Fried Rice and Goetta Burgers. If you’ve never tried Goetta, now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy Goetta and other favorite festival foods and refreshments.



Games, children’s activities and rides, arts and crafts and music and entertainment will fill the tree lined, Sixth Street Promenade and Goebel Park. Relax; enjoy the food, the shopping and the music in the wonderful old world atmosphere of historic MainStrasse Village. And don’t forget to visit the unique shops and restaurants that make MainStrasse Village a year round destination.



Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, June 14th

5:00 – 7:30 pm The Northern KY Bluegrass Band

8:30 – 11:00 pm Jeremy Pinnell & the 55′s

Saturday, June 15th

1:00 – 3:30 pm Hickory Robot

4:30 – 7:00 pm Straw Boss

8:00 – 11:00 pm The Zionites

Sunday, June 16th

2:00 – 5:00 pm The Sly Band

6:00 – 9:00 pm Faux Frenchman


June 7-8, 2013 Banana Split Festival – Wilmington, Ohio

June 5, 2013 at 9:27 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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June 7-8, 2013 Banana Split FestivalWilmington, Ohio
Celebrating Wilmington’s claim as the birthplace of the Banana Split in 1907. Music, car show, crafts, games, etc.



Banana fest

Join us at the nation’s only Banana Split Festival in Wilmington, Ohio. This June is our 19th year. Enjoy free concerts, continuous entertainment, a cruise-in of classic cars, crafts and collectibles, games, rides, unique food and, of course, Banana Splits!
J.W. Denver Williams Memorial Park
1326 Fife Avenue

Wilmington, Ohio 45177

Phone Number(s)
Local Number: (937) 382-1965
Toll-Free: (877) 428-4748
Friday: 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Events Dates:
6/7/2013 – 6/8/2013


34th Annual MainStrasse Village Maifest, May 17, 18, 19.

May 16, 2013 at 8:22 AM | Posted in Festivals, grilling | 3 Comments
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Please join the MainStrasse Village Association for our 34th Annual MainStrasse Village Maifest, May 17, 18, 19. This is a FREE family-friendly event.

FRIDAY, MAY 17 5:00 – 11:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MAY 18 NOON – 11:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 19 NOON – 9:00 p.m.




Chosen as one of the Top Twenty Events for May 2013 by the Southeast Tourism Society and one of the Top Ten Festivals in Kentucky Maifestfor the Spring of 2013 by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Maifest is based on the German tradition of welcoming the first spring wines. Maifest is the first major festival of the summer for the Tri-State region. The assortment of arts and crafts and German and international foods and beverages becomes the main course to attract approximately 125,000 area families and regional travelers. Specialty and domestic beers can be found throughout the festival.

Maifest fills over SIX city blocks along the tree-lined 6th Street Promenade, Main Street and Philadelphia Street, and extends into Goebel Park. The German park-like atmosphere creates the perfect backdrop for the variety of appealing food, drink and works by over 75 artisans and craftsmen. And be sure to visit the Kinderplatz, full of adventures and rides for the small children and the Amusement Midway filled with fun for the “older” kids. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you can purchase an “All You Can Ride” bracelet for just $15. Bracelets may be purchased from opening until 9 pm on Friday and will be valid until 10 pm Friday only. Saturday and Sunday bracelets may be purchased from opening until 5 pm and will be valid until 6 pm the day of purchase only.

Quality live entertainment by top local performers will spread the festive mood throughout Maifest. Great music will be featured at the Goebel Park Stage, the Festival Stage, the Main Street Stage and the Goose Girl Stage. Take your pick – German, Pop, Classic Rock, Blues or Country – it’s your choice!

New this year – don’t miss NASA’s Driven to Explore, a multimedia experience showcashing the NASA’s future plans for space exploration. As part of this unique exploration experience, visitors will have the opportunity to touch a 3 billion-year-old moon rock brought back aboard Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the moon in 1972.

Don’t miss the Main Street BierGarten all weekend or the Street Chalk Drawing Contest on Saturday, cash prizes for Adult and Children’s categories. Registration form available at http://www.mainstrasse.org or 859-491-0458 and.




May 3-4, 2013 Dandelion May Fest & Great Dandelion Cookoff – Dover, Ohio

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May 3-4, 2013 Dandelion May Fest & Great Dandelion Cookoff – Dover, Ohio
Breitenbach’s annual Dandelion Festival provides fun and many activities for the entire family. Dandelion wine sampling, cellar tours and live entertainment are scheduled for both days. On May 4 at noon, children will enjoy the dandelion picking contest and making their own dandelion jelly. Children should gather in the picnic shelter on top of the hill. Dandelion sausage, dandelion bread, dandelion gravy, dandelion lasagna, dandelion ice cream and dandelion sangria will be available both Friday and Saturday. The 20th Annual Great Dandelion Cookoff will be a major part of the festivities. Creative dandelion dishes provide tasty samplings while participants compete for cash awards.


Celebrate and learn about Dandelions!

Dandelions are great in food, they are fun to pick and they can beautify your life. Our juried dandelion arts and craft show features beautiful handmade jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, candles, hand-made soaps (including dandelion soap), books about dandelions and much more. Call 330-343-3603 for an application. Also, learn about cooking with dandelions and the healthful benefits dandelions give us.



Cooking Demo- 11:30 with Chef Sherry Schie from Shy Cellars; Cooking Demo- 12:30 with Cheryl Cohen from Taste of Home Cooking School; Cooking Demo- 2:00 with Jennifer Kohler from Breitenbach Wine Cellars

Dandelion Festival Entertainment:


Reb & Tim — 12-3 ;Acoustic favorites-main stage

Alternavox — 3-7 ; Rock and Top 40– main stage


New Towne Cloggers– 10-11- main stage

Gary Lee– 10-3; folk singer- the Dandelion Cookoff building

Imaginary Cookies — 11-3; Rock and Top 40- main stage

Electric Mud — 4-8; Classic and Alternative Rock– main stage


Roadhouse Amphitheater 5840 Old Rt. 39 Dover, OH 44622

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/.

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