Great Inland Seafood Festival 2012

July 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM | Posted in Festivals, fish, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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I thought I would give everyone an earl heads up for the Great Inland Seafood Festival 2012. This year it’s August 9, 10, 11, & 12. It’s always a great time with some great tasting Seafood at this event. My favorite foods there are the Seafood Coneys and of course the Whole Maine Lobster (for only $10.95!) There’s 10,00 of the Lobsters and believe me get there early because they are gone in no time. if you get a chance stop on down and this year on the Ohio side of the river The Banks is open!
Great Inland Seafood Festival 2012

The 25th Great Inland Seafood Festival will take place August 9, 10, 11, & 12, 2012 on the banks of the Ohio River in Newport Kentucky.

Event Hours:

Thursday August 9 5 p.m.- 11 p.m.

Friday August 10 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday August 11 Noon – 11 p.m.

Sunday August 12 Noon – 9 p.m.

Whole Maine Lobsters $10.95
This year’s Great Inland Seafood Festival will again offer Whole Maine Live Lobsters for $10.95 each. This poplular tradition is a hallmark of the Seafood Festival. Come early as 10,000 lobsters sell fast!!! We are usually sold out by early Sunday afternoon.

Fabulous Entertainment
The Great Inland Seafood Festival prides itself in providing FREE entertainment. Our stage is always busy with continuous live entertainment. Headliners include:……….

The Best Seafood You’ll Ever Taste!
Over 15 local restaurants & National vendors will be selling the best tasting, freshest seafood available. Items to try include: Whole Maine Lobsters, shrimp, crawfish, crablegs, oysters, salmon, redfish, and much, much more….

FREE and accessible to all!
The Great Inland Seafood Festival is free and accessible to all. The event is on Riverboat Row in Newport Kentucky. There is ample parking around the event. Handicap parking is available on Columbia Street.

From Columbus and North
I-71 South to I-471 South
Newport Exit (Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive / Exit 5)
Continue straight into parking, or, Left at stop light onto Route 8
Follow Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive to the Newport on the Levee/Aquarium parking garage.
From Dayton or North

I-75 South
Take the I-71 North / I-471 South / US-50 East exit from the left lane
Newport Exit (Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive / Exit 5)
Continue straight into parking, or, Left at stop light onto Route 8
Follow Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive to the Newport on the Levee/Aquarium parking garage.
From Kentucky, Airport, and South

I-71/75 North to I-275 East / Columbus
I-275 East to I-471 North
Newport Exit (Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive / Exit 5)
Continue straight into parking, or, Left at stop light onto Route 8
Follow Route 8 / Dave Cowens Drive to the Newport on the Levee/Aquarium parking garage.

MainStrasse Village “Original” Goettafest June 15th, 16th & 17th

June 15, 2012 at 8:23 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY. A celebration of goetta, a favorite regional food. Arts and crafts, great entertainment, plenty of goetta and other favorite festival food make this a fun-filled weekend for the entire family. Est attendance: 25,000. For info: Donna Kremer, MainStrasse Village, 406 West 6th St, Ste 201, Covington, KY 41011. Phone: (859) 491-0458. Fax: (859) 655-7932. E-mail: Web:

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. New This Year! – Rides for Younger Children – Great Line-up of Entertainment – Contest For the BEST Tasting Goetta dish A fun filled weekend for the entire family!

5:00 – 7:30 p.m. G Burton
8:30 – 11:00 p.m. Straw Boss
1:00 – 3:30 p.m. RICKY NYE INC
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. LUCKY 7
8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Rattlesnakin’ Daddies
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Faux Frenchman
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. John Erwin Band

Cheese of the Week – Beer Cheese

April 18, 2012 at 10:23 AM | Posted in cheese | Leave a comment
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Beer Cheese

The cheese was created in Germany, but now it is known worldwide. Produced in America, mostly in Wisconsin, it is quite pungent,

salted cheese. It ripens for a period of seven months in highly humid conditions. Germans are known to dip this cheese in beer as a tasty snack. Beer Cheese is also known as Bierkaese or Weisslacker.

Country: Germany
Milk: cow milk
Texture: soft

Beer cheese is a cheese spread most commonly found in Kentucky. Similar spreads can be found in other regions of the United States, but beer cheese itself is not widely distributed. Despite this fact, the spread is nearly ubiquitous in Kentucky. There are a number of different brands that are popular, including Hall’s, Kentucky Beer Cheese and others – most are similar in taste and texture. Fans of the snack usually have their “favorite” brand, and there are many homemade versions which use a wide variety of ingredients to add personalization.

Commercially produced beer cheese usually consists of a processed cheese base with a sharp cheddar flavor, while homemade varieties almost always start with sharp cheddar cheese. To this, enough beer is added to provide flavor and texture, as well as garlic, and a variety of spices including dry mustard, horseradish and cayenne pepper. Most varieties come in “mild” and “hot” versions, but all tend to have a strong garlic flavor. Beer cheese is traditionally served with saltine crackers, though it can be found served with various other crackers and crudités, most often as an appetizer.

While there are conflicting stories about beer cheese’s origins, it appears to have first been served in the 1940s at a restaurant in Clark County, Kentucky known as Johnny Allman’s. The owner of the restaurant, John Allman, credited the invention of the cheese dip to his brother, Joe Allman, a chef in Phoenix, Arizona. Joe’s Southwestern influence is said by some to explain the spread’s spicy nature.

Below is one of many Beer Cheese Dip recipes.


1 lb. process cheese spread loaf, cut into pieces
1/2 cup regular or non-alcoholic beer (any brand)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper sauce
bite-sized vegetables, bread cubes, or pretzels (if desired)

Heat cheese and beer in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly, until the cheese is melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the red pepper sauce.

Remove mixture and place in an earthenware fondue dish, electric cooking pot, or chafing dish. Keep warm on low heat setting.

Serve with vegetables, bread, or pretzels!

MainStrasse Village Association’s Oktoberfest

September 9, 2011 at 2:01 PM | Posted in baking, dessert, Food, grilling | 3 Comments
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MainStrasse kicks off fest
German heritage honored

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON — For Thursday’s ceremonial opening of the MainStrasse Village Association’s Oktoberfest, everyone was German for a day, even Kentucky‘s second couple.

Lt. Gov. Steve Henry greeted the crowd and introduced his wife — former Miss America Heather French Henry, and their infant daughter Harper Renee — in halting German at the festival’s kickoff luncheon in Goebel Park.

• What: 23rd annual MainStrasse Village Oktoberfest
• When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.
• Where: Booths and entertainment are spread over four city blocks along the Sixth Street promenade and Philadelphia Street, as well as into Goebel Park in Covington’s MainStrasse Village.
• Attractions: German and other ethnic foods, more than 90 arts and crafts vendors, and musical entertainment that includes German bands, folk, rock ‘n roll, blues and country music. Also features pony rides, balloon makers and special children’s rides.
For $12, festivalgoers can buy an “all you can ride ticket” from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
• Event parking: Free shuttle service will run continuously, stopping at Fifth Street near The Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, the IRS parking lot in Covington at Fourth and Johnson Sts., Jillian’s parking lot in Covington, Covington city lots at Seventh St. and Scott Blvd. and the RiverCenter complex, and the Fifth Third lot in Fort Wright at the corner of Dixie Hwy. and Sleepy Hollow Dr.
• Information: For directions or other information, call (513) 357-6246 or (859) 491-0458.
The orthopedic surgeon then joined Covington officials in making more than a half-dozen taps of the official Oktoberfest beer keg to open the 23rd annual German-themed event.

Billed as one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society, the MainStrasse Oktoberfest opens at 5 p.m. today.

While he acknowledged his background “is probably English,” Mr. Henry praised Northern Kentucky‘s German heritage and strong sense of family.

He also complimented festival organizers for putting together a three-day celebration that traditionally draws more than 150,000, including “many from the other side of the river.”

“Every year, this gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said Covington Vice Mayor Jerry Bamberger.

In keeping with the festival’s German heritage, Dr. Don Heinrich Tolzmann, president of the German American Citizens League of Greater Cincinnati received a Kentucky Colonel certificate and a key to the city of Covington on Thursday.

“People don’t realize how strong the German heritage is in Northern Kentucky,” the Green Township resident said. Evidence of that heritage is present, he said, in everything from numerous churches founded by Germans to fieldstone houses, a traditional German building form.

Besides the usual beer booths and German food staples from goetta to strudel, this year’s festival will showcase Heuboden Musikanten, a German band from Bavaria.

Fourteen members of the band will entertain crowds at five Tristate German-themed events this month, including Cincinnati’s Oktoberfest, Sept. 14-16.

“They were here several years ago, and they were a lot of fun,” said Mick Noll, a Northern Kentucky caterer who has manned a grill at each of the 22 previous MainStrasse Oktoberfests.

Also new this year is a Warsteiner beer emporium serving the world’s No.1-selling German beer.

But lest festival-goers engage in underage drinking or imbibe too much, uniformed and plainclothes police officers will be scattered throughout the festival area and its perimeter to maintain order.

“We will not tolerate any problems,” said Covington Police Spc. George Russell, who is handling the festival’s security detail. “It’s a family event, and we want to keep it that way.”

Taxis and Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky buses will be on hand to transport any guests who’ve had too much to drink. Workers at the beer booths also have received training on how to deal with inebriated customers, including refusal of service.

Members of the MainStrasse Village Association have mailed 900 fliers with the phone number of the event’s command center, which will take complaints from residents, said Donna Kremer, administrative coordinator for the MainStrasse Village Association.

Gliers Goettafest Newport 2011

August 5, 2011 at 10:23 AM | Posted in Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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Gliers Goettafest Newport 2011

August 5, 6, and 7, 2011 at Newport on the Levee.

Look for all of your favorite food booths as well as rides for the kids and game booths.

Since its creation, Glier’s Goettafest has sought to be a family fun festival, offering numerous forms of entertainment to go with a delicious and extensive food menu.

Glier’s Goettafest has consistently provided festival guests with live music and cloggers throughout the festival. Goetta games such as the Goetta Toss, Goetta Slide, and Goetta Ring Toss have given Goettafans young and old a chance to win fun prizes.

Glier’s Goettafest made its triumphant return to Northern Kentucky in 2005 with its move to Newport’s Riverfront Levee, just down the steps from the Newport Aquarium. The Riverfront Levee offers festivalgoers with a beautiful view and plenty of space to walk around. Glier’s provided guests with two large Cooling Stations in which they were able to get out of the sun and sit and relax.

Goetta, a German dish, is often compared to breakfast sausage or scrapple. It is a unique, delicious and nutritious mixture of pork, beef, steel-cut (pinhead) oats, and seasonings, which is carefully prepared by the Goetta Specialists at Glier’s. The product is then packaged in one pound rolls or is fresh cut at the grocery or restaurant from larger blocks of Goetta. Most people enjoy Glier’s Goetta at breakfast as a side dish with eggs or pancakes.

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