WEBN Fireworks September 2, 2012 at Cincinnati’s beautiful Riverfront

August 30, 2012 at 9:37 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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Featuring Cincinnati Bell WEBN Fireworks September 2, 2012 at Cincinnati’s beautiful Riverfront. Sawyer Point & Yeatman’s Cove at Bicentennial Commons.

P&G Riverfest at Sawyer Point opens at noon and runs until approximately 11 p.m. on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

This year it’s September 2nd, 2012. Fireworks begin at 9:05 PM.
P&G Riverfest is Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky‘s big boom, the end of summer blowout that concludes with one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest – the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks.

This signature Cincinnati event began more than 30 years ago when WEBN treated the tri-state to a fireworks show in honor of the radio station’s 10th anniversary. The party at Sawyer Point, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend, has grown into an all-day affair with music, food and family fun and entertainment all day (Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point is a no-alcohol zone for Riverfest).

Nearly a half-million people attend on both sides of the river. Highlights: the Ohio/Kentucky shout-off just before the fireworks, and WEBN’s soundtrack, choreographed with Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks.

http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Attractions/detail.asp?AttractionID=354
WEBN Fireworks Train – 2012

Take a train ride from the Norwood Eagles Lodge to the riverfront and back to view the Cincinnati Bell WEBN Fireworks! Avoid all of the traffic and arrive in style with the LM&M Railroad for a night of fun!

Seating with the LM&M Railroad will be in one of our high capacity commuter coaches. Tickets are also availble for the Luxury or Dining Cars through the Cincinnati Dinner Train. These tickets will be for a second train leaving from a nearby location, and will follow the same route to the riverfront. Please view the Cincinnati Dinner Train website for additional information and to purchase tickets.

http://www.lebanonrr.com/fireworks.html

August 5, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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I’ve received a couple of emails about an earlier posting of Goetta Fest going on in Northern Kentucky this weekend asking what Goetta is. So here’s the low down on Goetta!

Goetta

Goetta is a breakfast sausage of German origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat and oats. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century. The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word götte.

Goetta was originally a peasant dish, meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.

The modern popularity of goetta in Cincinnati has led to it being called “Cincinnati Caviar”. Glier’s Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 lb (450 metric tons) annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in greater Cincinnati.

While goetta comes in a variety of forms, all goetta is based around ground meat combined with pin head or steel cut oats. Usually goetta is made from pork shoulder or “Cali”, but occasionally contains equal parts pork and beef. Goetta is typically flavored with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper, and thyme. It contains onions and sometimes other vegetables.

While similar to scrapple in that it contains a grain product and meat for the purpose of stretching out the meat over several days, goetta looks very different. Scrapple is made with meal while goetta uses steel-cut or chopped oats. The oats in goetta are much coarser than the fine powder used in scrapple, and adds texture to the dish.

Goetta is typically formed into small loaves, and then cut into squares and fried, often in the oil left over from browning the meats or in bacon drippings. Traditionally a breakfast food, goetta is often served with apple butter, ketchup, mustard, syrup, grape jelly, honey, or eaten by itself.

More recently, goetta has become an all purpose food eaten with any meal. New goetta products in the Cincinnati area include goetta burgers, goetta dogs, and goetta pizza. As the meat in goetta is precooked during the process of making the loaves, goetta can be kept in the freezer.

In the Greater Cincinnati area, there have been annual celebrations since 2004 with the central theme of Goetta.

The “Original Goettafest” is an annual cultural and culinary celebration held in Covington, Kentucky, just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Covington has a rich heritage of German immigrants and this festival is held in MainStrasse Village, an area of Covington a few blocks from the Ohio River. In 2006, this celebration was held June 17 and 18.

“Glier’s Goettafest” is a similar event held at the Newport, Kentucky, levee on the Ohio River. The festival celebrates both the dish and Greater Cincinnati’s German American heritage. While the main focus of the festival is goetta, served in many different ways, it also typically includes music, dancing, and other public entertainment. In 2010, the festival was held August 6 through 8.

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