Ohio Festivals September 26-29, 2019

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September 26-29, 2019 56th Annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival
Barnesville, Ohio
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival has become a tradition for families and friends who come each year to enjoy one of Ohio’s oldest and most popular festivals. Always held during the last full weekend in September, the Festival includes four days of fun-filled contests, entertainment, tastes, sights and sounds. The festival started in 1963 in the basement of the Catholic Church and has has evolved from a small street fair to a premier event with visitors attending from all over the United States. Both adults and children will enjoy harvest-inspired arts and crafts, home-style foods, entertainment on two stages, a giant weigh-in of champion pumpkins, lots of fun contests and the Giant Pumpkin Festival Parade on Saturday. There is plenty to see and do and, best of all, admission is free.
http://www.barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com/

September 27-28, 2019 Annual Ohio Swiss Festival – Sugarcreek, Ohio
Held in Sugarcreek, the Little Switzerland of Ohio, with parades, queen pageant, musical entertainment, rides, 5K Swiss Cheese Chase, cheese auction, cheesemaking contest, Steintossen stone throwing, yodeling Swiss cheese eating and Swiss costume contests. Sample award-winning wine and cheese from our local artisans throughout the festival.
https://ohioswissfestival.com/

September 28-29, 2019 56th Geneva Grape Jamboree – Geneva, Ohio
Celebrates the harvesting of the local grapes. Taste freshly squeezed grape juice, wine, and various other grape products. All grand-stand entertainment, including the grape stomping contest, is free. Miss Grapette is featured in the two giant parades each afternoon. Rides, crafts, food, and other concessions pack the downtown streets during this grape filled weekend.
http://www.grapejamboree.com/

September 28-29, 2019 37th Annual Country Applefest – Lebanon, Ohio
The Warren County Fairgrounds in Lebanon will be filled with homemade crafts, great food and entertainment. Enter the apple bake off contest.
http://www.countryapplefest.com/

September 28-29, 2019 40th Annual Germantown Pretzel Festival
Germantown, Ohio
Fall festival held on the fourth full weekend in September, since 1980, featuring handcrafts, good food, and free entertainment with live music & shows, baked goods & pretzels!
http://pretzelfestival.com/live/

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati September 20-22, 2019

September 19, 2019 at 10:39 AM | Posted in Festivals | 2 Comments
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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

DOWNTOWN CINCINNATI
2nd & Race
2nd & 3rd Streets between Elm and Walnut
Cincinnati, OH 45202

FESTIVAL HOURS
Friday, September 20, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

  • Oktoberfest need-to-knows
    Price: It’s free, but you may not bring in outside drinks or food. Also, no pets, skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, poles.
  • Events: Gemuetlicheit Games (beer barrel rolling, beer serving races) 11 a.m. Sept 20
  • Opening Ceremonies: Noon Sept. 20
  • Chicken Dance: 5 p.m. Saturday, all stages
  • Stein Hoist competitions at the Sam Adams Beer Garden, 2nd and Walnut; 4 and 6 p.m. Friday: 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday
  • Entertainment throughout the day on nine stages.
  • Parking: There are plenty of parking garages not far from the fest. The streetcar will be running, making it possible to park farther north and avoid congestion.

LOCATION
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati takes places on Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams and Amazon, is America’s largest Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut in downtown Zinzinnati. There are many public and private parking garages downtown within walking distance of the festival site.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 575,000 people attending each year.

What do we eat?
According to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, grazing gourmets created the following Statistiken with their gluttonous consumption at a previous Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. These Zahlen were gleaned from an extensive survey of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati food vendors:

87,542 metts
64,000 sauerkraut balls
24,640 potato pancakes
20,000 cream puffs
6,000 jumbo pickles
1,875 lbs. German potato salad
700 pigtails
80,500 bratwurst
56,250 sausages
23,004 soft pretzels
16,002 strudel
3,600 lbs. sauerkraut
702 lbs. Limburger cheese
400 pickled pigs feet

Please note: Pets, (unless used for handicap assistance), bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, poles and sticks are prohibited in the event site during operating hours. No coolers, bottles, cans, or alcoholic beverages can be brought into the event site.
http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Ohio Festivals September 20-22, 2019

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September 20-22, 2019 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.
http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

 

September 21, 2019 Firehouse Clam and Steak Extravaganza
Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
‘Firehouse Clam Bake & Food Extravaganza’ Live music! Old Firehouse Winery, Geneva-on-the-Lake.
http://www.oldfirehousewinery.com/

 

September 21-22, 2019 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 21-23, 2018 Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Cincinnati, Ohio

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America’s Oktoberfest
September 21-23, 2018

Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati

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.

http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Cincinnati, Ohio – September 15-17, 2017

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Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

FESTIVAL HOURS
Friday, September 15, 2017 | 5 p.m.- 11 p.m.
Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 | 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.

LOCATION
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati takes places on Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown.

What is Oktoberfest Zinzinnati?
Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, presented by Samuel Adams, is America’s largest Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is held on 2nd and 3rd Streets, between Elm and Walnut in downtown Zinzinnati. There are many public and private parking garages downtown within walking distance of the festival site.

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati showcases the rich German heritage of Southwest Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be America’s largest Oktoberfest with more than 500,000 people attending each year.

Chicken Dance

The 2017 World’s Largest Chicken Dance will be led by Grand Marshals A.J. Green and Andy Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals!
One of the favorite events at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati is the World’s Largest Chicken dance. Join thousands of dancers for a few choruses of the Chicken Dance.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
1:00pm
Sam Adams Main Stage at 2nd & Elm
http://www.oktoberfestzinzinnati.com/

Germania Society Oktoberfest – August 25-27, 2017 Colerain, Ohio

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Willkommen to the 47th Annual
Germania Society Oktoberfest!   http://germaniasociety.com/

Cincinnati’s original and most authentic Oktoberfest.

The very first Oktoberfest, held in Munich, celebrated the marriage of King Ludwig I in 1810, and the tradition has been carried on yearly in towns throughout Bavaria. Since the mid-20th century, cities around the world — especially in the U.S. — have held their own celebrations modeled after the one in Munich. The Germania Society of Cincinnati held our first Oktoberfest in 1971, the first in the Cincinnati region.

Since the end of our very successful Maifest, members of the Germania Society have been grooming our manicured Wiesn (event meadow), preparing our idyllic wooded picnic grove, readying our Klubhaus, and decorating our pavilion in anticipation of this year’s Oktoberfest celebration! Join us this August and stroll the beautiful Germania Park grounds surrounded by nature while enjoying traditional food, drink, and entertainment.

HOURS
Friday, August 25, 6pm-12pm
Saturday, August 26, 2pm-12pm
Sunday, August 27, Noon-8pm

ADMISSION
Only $5, plus FREE Parking.
12 and under free.
Free admission to active and retired military with current ID card.
– Sorry, but no pets allowed. –

DIRECTIONS
PARKING
Conveniently located in Colerain Township, just off of Rt. 27.

FOUR satellite parking locations,
with frequent, FREE shuttle buses!
http://germaniasociety.com/

One of America’s Favorites – Pretzels

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An assortment of pretzels

An assortment of pretzels

A pretzel (German: Brezel or Breze) is a type of baked bread product made from dough most commonly shaped into a twisted knot. Pretzels originated in Europe, possibly among monasteries in the Early Middle Ages. The traditional pretzel shape is a distinctive symmetrical looped form, with the ends of a long strip of dough intertwined and then twisted back into itself in a certain way (“a pretzel loop”). Pretzels now come in different shapes. Salt is the most common seasoning for pretzels, complementing the washing soda or lye treatment that gives pretzels their traditional “skin” and flavor through the Maillard reaction; other seasonings include sugars, chocolate, glazes, seeds, and/or nuts.

 

 

Hard Pretzels

Hard Pretzels

In the late 18th century, southern German and Swiss German immigrants introduced the pretzel to North America. The immigrants became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, and in time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated the central Pennsylvania countryside, and the pretzel’s popularity spread.

In the 20th century, soft pretzels became popular in other regions of the United States. Cities like Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York became renowned for their soft pretzels. The key to success was the introduction of the new mass production methods of the industrialized age, which increased the availability and quantity, and the opening up of multiple points of distribution at schools, convenience and grocery stores, and entertainment venues such as movie theaters, arenas, concert halls, and sport stadiums. Prior to that, street vendors used to sell pretzels on street corners in wooden glass-enclosed cases.

In particular, the S-shaped soft pretzel, often served with brown mustard, became iconic in Philadelphia and was established as a part of Philadelphia’s cuisine for snacking at school, work, or home, and considered by most to be a quick meal. The average Philadelphian today consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.

Pennsylvania today is the center of American pretzel production for both the hard-crispy and the soft-bread types of pretzels. Southeastern Pennsylvania, with its large population of German background, is considered the birthplace of the American pretzel industry, and many pretzel bakers are still located in the area. Pennsylvania produces 80% of the nation’s pretzels.

The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million. The average American consumes about 1.5

Mini pretzel rods

Mini pretzel rods

pounds (0.7 kg) of pretzels per year.

The privately run “Pretzel Museum” opened in Philadelphia in 1993. In 2003, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy. Philly Pretzel Factory stores offer a free pretzel to each customer on this day.

Hard pretzels originated in the United States, where, in 1850, the Sturgis bakery in Lititz, Pennsylvania, became the first commercial hard pretzel bakery. Snack food hard pretzels were shaped as sticks (around 3 millimetres (0.12 in) thick and 12 centimetres (4.7 in) long), loops, braids, letters or little pretzels; they have become a popular snack in many countries around the world. A thicker variety of sticks can be 1 centimetre (0.39 in) thick; in the U. S. these are called Bavarian pretzels. Unlike the soft pretzels, these were durable when kept in an airtight environment and marketable in a variety of convenience stores. Large-scale production began in the first half of the 1900s, more so during 1930 to 1950. A prime example was in 1949, when highly innovative American Machine and Foundry Co., of New York City, developed the “pretzel bender”: a new automatic crispy-styled baked pretzel-twisting machine that rolled and tied them at the rate of 50 a minute—more than twice as fast as skilled hand twisters could make them—and conveyed them through the baking and salting process. In Europe, snack-food pretzels are usually sprinkled with salt, but also with sesame seed, poppy-seed or cheese. In the U.S., they come in many varieties of flavors and coatings, such as yogurt, chocolate, strawberry, mustard, cheese and others, and chocolate-covered hard pretzels are popular around Christmas time and given as gifts. The variety of shapes and sizes became contest of imagination in the marketing of the pretzels taste. During the 1900s, people in Philadelphia would use the small slender pretzel stick as a common accompaniment to ice cream or would crumble pretzels as a topping. This combination of cold sweet and salty taste was very popular for many years. Eventually this led to the development of an ice cream cone tasting like a pretzel. More recently Mars, Incorporated manufactures M&M’s with a small spherical pretzel covered in milk chocolate and candy coated in all of the standard M&Ms colors, called “Pretzel M&M’s”.

Soft pretzels are frequently sold in shopping malls, with notable chains including Auntie Anne’s and Pretzelmaker/Pretzel Time.

 
Pennsylvania milestones

1800s

Philadelphia style soft pretzel

Philadelphia style soft pretzel

Southern German and Swiss German immigrants who became known as the Pennsylvania Dutch introduced soft pretzels and pretzel bakery businesses.
1861
Sturgis Pretzel House in Lititz, Pennsylvania becomes the first commercial hard pretzel bakery in the United States.
1889
The Anderson Pretzel Factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is founded. Today it calls itself the world’s largest, producing 65 tons of hard pretzels daily.
1935
The Reading Pretzel Machinery Company in Reading, Pennsylvania introduced the first automatic hard pretzel twisting machine.
1963
The largest soft pretzel of its time, weighing 40 pounds and measuring 5 feet across, is baked by Joseph Nacchio of the Federal Pretzel Baking Company for film It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
1978
The first machine-produced stamped cut soft pretzel was innovated at Federal Pretzel Baking Company.
1993
The first Pretzel Museum of soft pretzels is opened in Philadelphia. A 7 minute film, demonstration of championship hand twisting at 57 per minute and tasting were highlights.
2003
Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declares April 26 National Pretzel Day to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.

 
Freeport, Illinois, which sits about 100 miles outside of Chicago, is another city known for its rich pretzel history. In 1869, a German immigrant named John Billerbeck established the first Billerbeck Bakery which was known for selling German style pretzels to compliment the large number of breweries that existed in Freeport during this time. Prohibition eventually shut down the breweries which led to the decline of pretzel sales in Freeport, but the city never lost its pretzel pride. For more than 100 years Freeport has been known as “Pretzel City, USA.” Their high school athletic mascot is the Pretzel and the football stadium has been appropriately named “Pretzel Field.” In 2003, local citizens launched Freeport’s first Pretzel Festival which is a large community event where residents get together to celebrate the city’s pretzel history. Contestants are chosen to be crowned Pretzel Prince and Princess and a festival mascot by the name of “Pretzel Bill” (stemming from the Billerbeck Bakery name) dresses as a 6 foot tall walking talking pretzel who hands out pretzels from floats and takes photos with the local festival goers.

Although not as popular as among German speakers and Americans, the looped pretzel is known in other European countries and in other countries around the world. In the Czech Republic, the pretzel is known as preclík, in Finland as viipurinrinkeli, in Slovakia it is called praclík. The Spanish, French and Italians call it pretzel, bretzel or brezel, the Dutch favor sweet variants called krakeling, Norwegian and Danish call it a kringle, and the Swedish call it kringla. In Polish it is precel, in Hungarian and Croatian it is perec, and in Serbian it is pereca. In Romania the pretzel is known as a variety of covering and it is a very popular fast food in urban areas and also as a holiday gift.

 

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