Ohio Festivals September 16th-18th, 2022

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September 16-18, 2022 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Sam Adams, is the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. More than half-a-million herren und frauen will converge on a six-block area of Fifth Street to eat, sing, mingle, sport lederhosen, listen to polka music, try to speak German and perform the Chicken Dance! Seven stages showcasing continuous live German music and more than 30 food vendors serving close to 200 dishes. And more than 1,300 barrels of beer, or 1.6 million ounces, are consumed each year at Oktoberfest, the approximate capacity of a small microbrewery. Attendance: 500,000.
https://oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

September 16-18, 2022 24th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival
Albany, Ohio
A fun-filled and educational event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits, the Pawpaw. Delectable foods, quality entertainment, and unique arts & crafts. Special events include competitions for the best pawpaw, best pawpaw-related work of art, pawpaw cook-off, and the ever-popular pawpaw-eating contest. Presentations will cover pawpaw growing, cooking, and other related topics.
https://ohiopawpawfest.com/

September 17-18, 2022 Preble County Pork Festival – Eaton, Ohio
Always 3rd full weekend in September. Entertainment, exhibits, food, parade and more! Every year the festival is packed with thing to do and see. It lasts all weekend long because there is simply too much to cram into one day! But if there’s one things everyone agrees on, it’s that the food is always out-of-sight awesome! Over the course of the weekend, a lot of people eat a lot of pork.
https://www.porkfestival.org/

September 17-18, 2022 Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival
Lisbon, Ohio
Many local organizations provide old fashioned apple butter, apple ice cream, apple fritters & apple dumplings. There is an apple pie baking contest along with 35 food concessions, arts & crafts including yarn spinning, goat milk soap, chain saw wood crafts, dunk tank, games, dancing, music and theatre.
https://lisbonchamberofcommerce.com/events/

Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes

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From the EatingWell Website and Magazine it’s Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes. Find some Delicious and Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes with recipes including Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, Slow-Cooker Jambalaya, and Fall Vegetable and Sausage Stew. Find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. You can also subscribe to one of my favorite Magazines, the EatingWell Magazine. So find these recipes and more all at the EatingWell website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2022! http://www.eatingwell.com/

Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes
Find healthy, delicious turkey sausage recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
There is something for everyone in this Tater Tot breakfast casserole. It’s crunchy on top and soft in the center with the bottom layer packed with vegetables and crumbled turkey sausage. The eggs hold everything together. This easy breakfast casserole is perfect for the holidays when you need to feed a hungry crowd……

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
This hearty jambalaya is bursting with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It takes just 25 minutes to prep in the morning and then your slow cooker will work its magic and deliver a tasty meal at the end of the day……

Fall Vegetable and Sausage Stew
Hot Italian sausage complements the sweet potatoes and greens, providing just the right amount of heat in this comforting soup. Simmering with rosemary sprigs infuses the soup with aromatic flavor without the extra work required to mince the leaves before cooking them……

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Turkey Sausage Recipes
https://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/19059/ingredients/meat-poultry/sausage/turkey/

One of America’s Favorites – Hot Dogs

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A typical hot dog with added mustard as a condiment

A hot dog (less commonly spelled hotdog) is a food consisting of a grilled or steamed sausage served in the slit of a partially sliced bun. The term hot dog can also refer to the sausage itself. The sausage used is a wiener (Vienna sausage) or a frankfurter (Frankfurter Würstchen, also just called frank). The names of these sausages also commonly refer to their assembled dish. Some consider a hot dog to technically be a sandwich. Hot dog preparation and condiments vary worldwide. Typical condiments include mustard, ketchup, relish, onions in tomato sauce, and cheese sauce. Common garnishes include sauerkraut, diced onions, jalapeños, chili, grated cheese, coleslaw, bacon, and olives. Hot dog variants include the corn dog and pigs in a blanket. The hot dog’s cultural traditions include the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.

These types of sausages were culturally imported from Germany and became popular in the United States. It became a working-class street food in the U.S., sold at stands and carts. The hot dog became closely associated with baseball and American culture. Although particularly connected with New York City and its cuisine, the hot dog eventually became ubiquitous throughout the US during the 20th century. Its preparation varies regionally in the country, emerging as an important part of other regional cuisines, including Chicago street cuisine.

The word frankfurter comes from Frankfurt, Germany, where pork sausages similar to hot dogs originated. These sausages, Frankfurter Würstchen, were known since the 13th century and given to the people on the event of imperial coronations, starting with the coronation of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor, as King. “Wiener” refers to Vienna, Austria (German: Wien), home to a sausage made of a mixture of pork and beef. Johann Georg Lahner, an 18th/19th century butcher from the Franconian city of Coburg, is said to have brought the Frankfurter Würstchen to Vienna, where he added beef to the mixture and simply called it Frankfurter. Nowadays, in German-speaking countries, except Austria, hot dog sausages are called Wiener or Wiener Würstchen (Würstchen means “little sausage”), to differentiate them from the original pork-only mixture from Frankfurt. In Swiss German, it is called Wienerli, while in Austria the terms Frankfurter or Frankfurter Würstel are used.

Hot dogs being grilled

It is not definitively known who started the practice of serving the sausage in the bun. One of the strongest claims comes from Harry M. Stevens who was a food concessionaire. The claim is that, while working at the New York Polo Grounds in 1901, he came upon the idea of using small French rolls to hold the sausages when the waxed paper they were using ran out.

A German immigrant named Feuchtwanger, from Frankfurt, in Hesse, allegedly pioneered the practice in the American Midwest; there are several versions of the story with varying details. According to one account, Feuchtwanger’s wife proposed the use of a bun in 1880: Feuchtwanger sold hot dogs on the streets of St. Louis, Missouri, and provided gloves to his customers so that they could handle the sausages without burning their hands. Losing money when customers did not return the gloves, Feuchtwanger’s wife suggested serving the sausages in a roll instead. In another version, Antoine Feuchtwanger, or Anton Ludwig Feuchtwanger, served sausages in rolls at the World’s Fair – either at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, or, earlier, at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, in Chicago – again, allegedly because the white gloves provided to customers to protect their hands were being kept as souvenirs.

Another possible origin for serving the sausages in rolls is the pieman Charles Feltman, at Coney Island in New York City. In 1867 he had a cart made with a stove on which to boil sausages, and a compartment to keep buns in which they were served fresh. In 1871 he leased land to build a permanent restaurant, and the business grew, selling far more than just the “Coney Island Red Hots” as they were known.

Ingredients
Common hot dog sausage ingredients include:
* Meat trimmings and fat
* Flavorings, such as salt, garlic, and paprika
* Preservatives (cure) – typically sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite
Pork and beef are the traditional meats used in hot dogs. Less expensive hot dogs are often made from chicken or turkey, using low-cost mechanically separated poultry. Changes in meat technology and dietary preferences have led manufacturers to lower the salt content and use turkey, chicken, and vegetarian meat substitutes.

Commercial preparation

Hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, raw onion, fried onion, artificial bacon bits, and sliced pickle

Hot dogs are prepared commercially by mixing the ingredients (meats, spices, binders and fillers) in vats where rapidly moving blades grind and mix the ingredients in the same operation. This mixture is forced through tubes into casings for cooking. Most hot dogs sold in the US are “skinless” rather than “natural casing” sausages.

Natural-casing hot dogs
As with most sausages, hot dogs must be in a casing to be cooked. Traditional casing is made from the small intestines of sheep. The products are known as “natural casing” hot dogs or frankfurters. These hot dogs have firmer texture and a “snap” that releases juices and flavor when the product is bitten.

Kosher casings are expensive in commercial quantities in the US, so kosher hot dogs are usually skinless or made with reconstituted collagen casings.

Skinless hot dogs
“Skinless” hot dogs use a casing for cooking, but the casing may be a long tube of thin cellulose that is removed between cooking and packaging, a process invented in Chicago in 1925 by Erwin O. Freund, founder of Visking.

The first skinless hot dog casings were produced by Freund’s new company under the name “Nojax”, short for “no jackets” and sold to local Chicago sausage makers.

Skinless hot dogs vary in surface texture, but have a softer “bite” than with natural casing. Skinless hot dogs are more uniform in shape and size and cheaper to make than natural casing hot dogs.

Home consumption
A hot dog may be prepared and served in various ways. Typically it is served in a hot dog bun with various condiments and toppings. The sausage itself may be sliced and added, without bread, to other dishes.

A Coney Island hot dog with chili, onion, and mustard

In the US, the term hot dog refers to both the sausage by itself and the combination of sausage and bun. Many nicknames applying to either have emerged over the years, including frankfurter, frank, wiener, weenie, coney, and red hot. Annually, Americans consume 20 billion hot dogs.

Hot dog restaurants
Stands and trucks sell hot dogs at street and highway locations. Wandering hot dog vendors sell their product in baseball parks. At convenience stores, hot dogs are kept heated on rotating grills. 7-Eleven sells the most grilled hot dogs in North America — 100 million annually. Hot dogs are also common on restaurants’ children’s menus. Fast-food restaurant chains typically do not carry hot dogs because of its shorter shelf-life, more complex toppings and cooking, and mismatched consumer expectations. There are also restaurants where hot dogs are a specialty.

Variations
Many variations are named after regions other than the one in which they are popular. The “New York dog” or “New York style” hot dog is a natural-casing all-beef frank topped with sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard, onions optional. Sauteed bell peppers, onions, and potatoes find their way into New Jersey’s deep-fried Italian hot dog. In the Midwest, the Chicago-style hot dog is served on a poppy seed bun and topped with mustard, fresh tomatoes, onions, “sport peppers”, bright green relish, dill pickles, and celery salt. Michigan hot dogs are popular in upstate New York (as are white hots), while Coney Island hot dogs are popular in Michigan. Hot wieners, or weenies, are a staple in Rhode Island where they are sold at restaurants with the misleading name “New York System.” Texas hot dogs are spicy variants found in upstate New York and Pennsylvania (and as “all the way dogs” in New Jersey), but not Texas. In the Philadelphia metro area, Texas Tommy refers to a hot dog variant in which the dog is topped with melted cheddar or another cheese and wrapped in bacon.

Some baseball parks have signature hot dogs, such as Dodger Dogs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, and Fenway Franks at Fenway Park in Boston, which are boiled then grilled, and served on a New England-style bun.

Ohio Festivals Sept. 8th – 11th, 2022

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A weekend full of Festivals!

September 8-10, 2022 Marion Popcorn Festival – Marion, Ohio
Marion County is one of the top popcorn producing counties in the world. Festival has top name entertainment, golf & bowling tournaments, porpcorn cooking contest, and the Orville Redenbacher Parade. Visit the popcorn museum while you’re in town. Attendance: 250,000+
https://www.popcornfestival.com/

September 9-10, 2022 Lithopolis Honeyfest – Lithopolis, Ohio
Enjoy a fascinating day of unique attractions – honey bee beards; honey in a variety of flavors, colors and textures; and an array of products direct from the hive. Watch honey being extracted from the comb and the State Apiarist demonstrate a hive inspection. Meet the American Honey Princess, Ohio beekeepers and explore beekeeping equipment hands-on. See a real queen bee and her colony up close under the glass of an observation hive. Buzz over to the food court for scrumptious honey-made food and sample mead at the wine tasting tent. Grab a honey brew at the beer garden and enjoy a treat from the Honey Bake-Off sale. Live music on two stages, arts & crafts, and watch the kids have fun creating their own crafts at The Gilmore Group’s Busy Beehive.
http://www.lithopolishoneyfest.com/

September 9-11, 2022 49th Annual Mantua Potato Festival
Mantua, Ohio
Join us for the annual Mantua Potato Festival. We will have many activities, contests and exhibits planned throughout the weekend. We are also looking for volunteers and committee members. Thank you to all that have supported us in the past, and we look forward to seeing you all at the Festival!
http://www.mantuapotatofestival.org/

September 9-11, 2022 Clinton County Corn Festival – Wilmington, Ohio
A family fun event held the weekend after Labor Day every year! Started in 1977 by the Antique Power Club. It is held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, Ohio. We feature many activates for all ages! Whether you come for the continuous entertainment on our sound stage, games in our special events area, various tractor and antique displays, crafts and antiques, or THE FOOD it is sure you’re going to have a blast!!
https://www.cornfestivalonline.com/

September 9-11, 2022 Italian Fall Festa – Kettering, Ohio
A weekend of great Italian food, wonderful Italian music, good friends, and a fun game of Bocce on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds of Bella Villa! Dinners, Meatball Madness 5K and spaghetti eating contest.
https://johnpirelliosdia.org/fall-festa/

Ohio Festivals August 11-14, 2022

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Ohio Festivals August 11-14, 2022

 

August 11-18, 2022 Henry County Fair – Napoleon, Ohio
http://henrycountyfair.org/

August 12, 2022 15th Annual Summer Harvest Gourmet Gala
Tiffin, Ohio
The Gala is a gourmet food and wine event that benefits the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center and Seeds of Hope Farm in Tiffin. The event celebrates local and seasonal cuisine by featuring the chemical-free, fresh produce, herbs, poultry and eggs from Seeds of Hope Farm. Chefs representing area restaurants and businesses from northwest Ohio and around the country participate in the Gala. Each chef plans his or her menu based on the available produce and other seasonal items from the Farm.
https://felctiffin.org/

August 12-14, 2022 47th Annual North Ridgeville Corn Festival
North Ridgeville, Ohio
The annual festival will feature Sweet’s corn steamed or roasted. Enjoy musical entertainment, parade, arts and crafts show, amusement rides, games, food, corn eating contest, 5 & 10k run, car show and horseshoe tournament.
http://www.nrcornfest.org/

August 12-14, 2022 Germanfest Picnic – Dayton, Ohio
Presented by Dayton Liederkranz-Turner, the annual picnic will feature continuous live music, authentic German food, keg tapping, crafts, genealogy support, and kid zone.
http://daytongermanclub.org/?q=german-picnic

August 13, 2022 Swanton Corn Festival – Swanton, Ohio
Celebrate Our Corn Culture. Among the activities will be a parade, car show, corn hole tournament, and entertainment on Saturday night.
https://www.facebook.com/Swanton-Corn-Festival-376115924549/

Summer Food Fest 2022 Sat 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT and Sun, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

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Join us in a celebration of Cincinnati’s outdoor favorites—street food, music, and festival games—at a chill outdoor festival perfect for the entire family!
Saturday, July 16th 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 17th 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave 45230

Limited tickets available

Come eat with us at Coney Island for some family-friendly fun!

About this event
Make the most of your summer by gathering the family for an action-packed outdoor weekend! The festival offers food, music, and games for everyone to enjoy.

Sample the best food and drink from around the city without ever leaving the venue. Coney Island is a classic Cincinnati location with a history of wholesome family entertainment.

Kick off the fun by purchasing your tickets now!

Big thanks to our sponsors: Chinet, Hershey, Home Chef, St. Pierre, Stonefire, and partner Make-A-Wish
https://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/summerfoodfest/

Ohio Festivals June 8th – 10th, 2022

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July 8-9, 2022
Ohio Veterans 14th Annual BBQ Cook-off
Kettering, Ohio
The annual Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event is presented by American Legion Post 598 of Kettering. Watch professional BBQ teams vie for the championship trophy and share in a purse of $6,000! Live Band.
https://www.facebook.com/BbqOhio/

 

July 8-10, 2022 Delta Chicken Festival – Delta, Ohio
Enjoy chicken dinners, a midway, elephant rides, entertainment, pageant, Chicken Run, pancake breakfast, volleyball and dodgeball tournaments, and a parade.
https://sites.google.com/view/deltachickenfestival/

 

July 8-16, 2022 – Annual Ohio Brew Week – Athens, Ohio
Ohio Brew Week celebrates Ohio’s diverse microbrews during the weeklong festival. You can enjoy more than 200 craft beers from 40 Ohio microbreweries. Events include craft brew cooking competition, Brew BQ Cookoff, homebrew competition, and Boogie on the Bricks.
https://ohiobrewweek.com/

Ohio Festivals June 9th – 12th, 2022

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June 9-11, 2022 16th Annual Bolivar Strawberry Festival – Bolivar, Ohio
Our hometown Strawberry Festival will be a week earlier than usual in 2022. Our committee continues to bring new ideas to mesh with good old traditions – and we hope this year’s event is the biggest and best ever! · Bands and beer in the adult tent. · Queen Pageant. · Miss Berry Princess Pageant. · Little Miss Shortcake Pageant. · Strawberry Eating Contest. · Carnival Rides. · Food and drink concessions. · Vendors and crafters. · Firemen’s Parade. · STRAWBERRIES!
https://www.villageofbolivar.com/main-street/strawberry-festival/

 

June 10-11, 2022 Annual Pork Rind Heritage Festival – Harrod, Ohio
The Pork Rind Heritage Festival offers family fun, entertainment, and Rudolph Foods’ famous popped pork rinds. The two day event includes live entertainment, corn hole tournaments, a 5K Run, and much more for the whole family. Second weekend in June.
http://www.porkrindfest.com/

 

June 10-12, 2022 Versailles Poultry Days – Versailles, Ohio
The annual event will have chicken dinners, entertainment, Miss Chick and Little Miss Poultry Days contests, rides and games for all ages, two parades, kiddie tractor pull, 5K Run, arts, crafts, flower, and photography shows, and the greatest Ultimate Frisbee Tournament in the world! Attendance: 25,000.
https://www.versaillespoultrydays.com/

 

June 10-12, 2022 57th Strawberry Festival – Bedford, Ohio
Presented by the Bedford Historical Society, the festival will offer plenty of berries with ice cream, entertainment, and a classic car show.
https://bedfordohiohistory.org/?event=strawberry-festival

 

95th Annual Strawberry Festival – Shandon, Ohio Saturday (6/11)

Our Strawberry Festival is BACK! Saturday (6/11) 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
We will see you on June 11th for homemade ice cream and shortcakes with fresh strawberries. We will be offering our full menu of food items. Artisans will have tables as well.
https://www.shandonchurch.com/strawberry-festival

Ohio Festivals June 3rd – 5th, 2020

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June 3-5, 2022
Newark Strawberry Festival
Newark, Ohio
The annual festival, ‘Strawberries on the Square.’ will include entertainment throughout the weekend, Miss Strawberry Pageant, midway rides, food and craft vendors of all types, and of course our “world famous” Kiwanis Strawberry Shortcake.
http://www.newarkstrawberryfestival.com/

June 4-5, 2022 – Troy Strawberry Festival – Troy, Ohio
Troy celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production the first weekend of June. Featured are the strawberries, of course, and they come in all sorts of taste-tempting treats from shortcake to donuts to strawberry pie. Also to be enjoyed are the many arts and crafts booths, the athletic competitions, and the entertainment. One of the largest and best-attended festivals in the Midwest. Attendance: 150,000.
https://www.troystrawberryfest.com/

Ohio Festivals May-27th – 31st, 2022

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May 26-30, 2022 41st Annual Main Street Port Clinton Walleye Festival
Port Clinton, Ohio
The festival will be held at picturesque Waterworks Park on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie in Port Clinton with an array of free live concerts, kids fishing derby, grand parade, educational programs and activities, carnival rides, and food vendors.
https://www.portclintonchamber.com/walleye-festival.html

May 27-29, 2022 Feast of the Flowering Moon – Chillicothe, Ohio
Started in 1984, the festival is held on Memorial Day Weekend and features Native American music, dancing, food, traders and exhibits, a mountain men encampment, arts & crafts with over 80 vendors and commercial exhibits. Continuous entertainment on main stage, games and contests for all. Attendance: 85,000.
http://feastofthefloweringmoon.org/

May 27-30, 2022 Moonshine Festival – New Straitsville, Ohio
Located in the rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, events include a working Moonshine Still Display, local history museum, moonshine burgers, moonshine pie, moonshine doggies, carnival rides and games, flea market, talent show, parades, cruise-in and free entertainment.
http://www.ofea.org/festivals-and-events/festivals/moonshine-festival.html

May 28-30, 2022 Utica Sertoma Ice Cream Festival – Utica, Ohio
There’s fun for the whole family, including contests for kids, ice cream eating contests, over 90 local artisans, pony rides, classic car show with more than 400 cars and live entertainment. Enjoy delicious food and of course, Velvet Ice Cream. Enjoy dozens of flavors of ice cream served almost any way you can think of. Tour bus and handicapped parking is available. Shuttle service is available from the parking lot to the festival entrance. Admission is $5 per car.
https://sertomaicecreamfestival.com/

May 28-30, 2022 Annual Taste of Cincinnati USA – Cincinnati, Ohio
Memorial Day weekend in downtown Cincinnati. Started in 1979, it is now the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival, featuring more than 40 fine restaurants serving up delicious and delectable menu items. Menu items are previewed and judged for prestigious Best of Taste Awards. This is also a music festival, with continuous live entertainment featuring local and national recording stars performing on multiple stages throughout the event. Attendance: 500,000.
https://www.tasteofcincinnati.com/

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