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.

 

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/icymi/2013/09/26/cincinnatis-craft-beer-oktoberfest-set-for-oct-18-19/

2013 Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

September 18, 2013 at 7:26 AM | Posted in Festivals, grilling | 2 Comments
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams and Hillshire Farm, is America’s largest Oktoberfest, happening September 20-22, 2013 in downtown Zinzinnati with German food, live music, dancing and more.
When:Oktoberfest
Festival Hours:
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
5 p.m.-midnight
Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013
11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where:
On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in Downtown Cincinnati.
Directions and street closures.
Download the event map.

Cost:
Free!

Parking:
Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage for only $10, and many other downtown garages. Parking info.
Directions & street closures.

 

 

Annual Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is Steeped in Tradition

The Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati tradition began in 1976 as a block party near historic Fountain Square to attract visitors Downtown and to celebrate Cincinnati’s deep German heritage. Since its humble beginnings, the event has grown to be recognized as America’s largest Oktoberfest, attracting 500,000+ annually.

 

 
Highlights from past events: Who led the Chicken dance?

* In 1994, the Crown Prince of Bavaria attended Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati and helped the event set a world record for the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, with 48,000 participating. Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati held the world record for largest group dance in the Guinness Book of Records, 1995-97 editions.

* In 1998 Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati tuned up to set a world record for the World’s Largest Kazoo Band. late great trumpeter Al Hirt, a 1941 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, returned to his musical roots to lead 25,000 in a magical interpretation of his trademark song, When The Saints Go Marching In.

* In 1999 Grammy Award-winning Weird Al Yankovic led 30,000 on kazoo in a rendition of the Chicken Dance and Beer Barrel Polka. The event was featured on CNN Headline News and VH1’s “Rock-n-Roll Record-breakers.”

* In 2000, The Prince of The Monkees, Davy Jones, provided a goosebump moment leading the World’s Largest Chicken Dance and Kazoo Band in a rendition of “Daydream Believer.”

* In 2001, Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati was postponed due to the attack on America on Sept. 11. A week following, American patriot and singer Tony Orlando led a throng on Fountain Square in inspiring renditions of “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ’Round The Old Oak Tree” and “America.”

* In 2002, pint-size veteran screen star Verne Troyer, who played “Mini Me” in “Austin Powers,” cast a big shadow leading the Chicken Dance.

* In 2003, rock icon Eddie Money celebrated 25 years in the music business as the Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati grand marshal.

* Vince Neil, lead vocalist for the legendary rock group Mötley Crüe, led the 2004 World’s Largest Chicken Dance, an event so surreal VH1 named it the “Least Metal Moment” in the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

* In 2005, legendary TV children’s entertainers Uncle Al and Captain Windy led the World’s Largest Chicken Dance and Hokey Pokey.

* In 2006, AOL named Oktoberfest Zinzinnati number one Oktoberfest in the nation. Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver Chad Johnson led the 2006 version of the Chicken Dance.

* In 2007, the first annual John Morrell “Running of the Wieners” wiener dog race was held. “Old left-hander” Joe Nuxhall, the youngest player ever to play Major League Baseball, led the World’s Largest Chicken Dance, with help from the UC Dance Team.

* Olympic track and field medalists (Beijing) and University of Cincinnati alums Mary Wineberg and David Payne led a very athletic Chicken Dance in 2008.

* In 2009, Homer Simpson celebrated his 20th anniversary on television by leaving his hometown of Springfield to travel to Zinzinnati and lead the annual Chicken Dance.

* Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion and Cincinnati native Rich Franklin led the crowd in a mixed martial arts World’s Largest Chicken Dance in 2010.

* 2011’s version of the World’s Largest Chicken Dance was led by none other than 10-time All Star, five-time Gold Glove, National League MVP, Silver Slugger, Reds and Baseball Hall of Fame legend, Joe Morgan.

* 2012, the Chicken Dance was led by All Star and Reds Hall of Famer, Mr. Perfect, Tom Browning. A Cincinnati Red for 11 years, Browning pitched the 13th perfect game in baseball history and the first in the history of baseball’s oldest professional team on September 16, 1988.

 
http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati USA – September 21-23, 2012

September 19, 2012 at 3:28 PM | Posted in Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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September 21-23, 2012 OktoberfestCincinnati, Ohio
The largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country and the second largest in the world. Attendance: 500,000.

When:
Festival Hours:
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Noon-midnight (Fountain Square only)
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012
11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Where:
On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Vine Street to Sentinel in Downtown Cincinnati.

Cost:
Free!

Parking:
Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage for only $5. Parking info.

Features:

Oktoberfest Sneak Peek
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Noon-midnight
Fountain Square ONLY

6th Annual John Morrell Running of the Wieners
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
Noon-1 p.m.

Gemuetlichkeit Games
Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Keg Tapping
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
11:30 a.m.

The World’s Largest Chicken Dance
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
1:30 p.m., Fountain Square

Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012
5:00 p.m., Fountain Square

Cincinnati.com Glockenspiel
Every hour on the hour,
at Fifth and Broadway

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA

September 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM | Posted in baking, Food | 1 Comment
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Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA is an outdoor festival held in downtown Zinzinnati, Ohio that showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be North America’s largest Oktoberfest with over 500,000 people attending each year.

Where: On six blocks of Fifth Street, from Race Street to Broadway in Downtown Cincinnati.

Cost: Free!

Parking: Convenient parking can be found in the Fountain Square Garage for only $5. Parking info

Sneak Peek
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011,
noon.-midnight
Fountain Square ONLY

Festival Hours:
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011,
11 a.m.-midnight
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011,
11 a.m.-10 p.m.

5th Annual John Morrell Running of the Wieners
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011,
noon-1 p.m.

Gemuetlichkeit Games
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011,
1-2 p.m.

Opening Ceremony and Keg Tapping
Saturday, Sept 17, 2011,
11:30 a.m.


http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

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.

IF YOU GO
• 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.

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2001/09/07/loc_mainstrasse_kicks.html

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