Oktoberfest Zinzinnati promises four days of food and fun

CINCINNATI — Oktoberfest Zinzinnati returns this weekend for a wide range of enjoyment, entertainment and a total large amount of beer and sausage.

The major Oktoberfest celebration in the region will take location for four days along Next and Third Streets in downtown Cincinnati. The celebration will be open for an further hour each and every night time, and it can be even opening a working day previously this yr.

A female in a dirndl carries a dachshund in a scorching pet dog costumer at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati (Casey Weldon | Spectrum News 1)

Oktoberfest kicks off Thursday (5 p.m. to midnight) and will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The party closes Sunday at 9 p.m.

There is much more on the menu than just food items and beer, while. There’s a complete host of enjoyment and special functions lined up for each evening.

In all, the celebration took more eight to 10 months to produce. Organizers and sellers knowledgeable offer chain concerns, staffing difficulties and the ever-current issue identified as COVID-19. Even now, Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, said “they are prepared.”

A lot more than 500,000 people are predicted to flock downtown for the party.

“We’re happy to welcome back Oktoberfest Zinzinnati favorites, together with Mick Noll’s Covington Haus, Mecklenburg Gardens, Cincinnati Grill and Servatii,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. “We’re also pleased to see Oktoberfest staples like the Pete Wagner Schnapps Band and the Zinzinnati Bier Band on our stages.”

Under is a split down of the food, beer and gatherings on faucet for the weekend:

The Food stuff

There are dozens of area foodstuff vendors. Some element common German fare, and others are a minimal much more modern. Most unique dishes selection from $4 to $8.

A record of foods vendor spots is readily available on the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati internet site.

  • Alpine Almonds: German roasted almonds
  • The Bavarian Nut Firm: Cinnamon glazed nuts, spicy nuts, honey glazed cashews, salty nuts
  • BeckHart German American Cuisine: Goetta bier cheese slammer, terminator scorching mett/brat/delicate mett, bacon bier cheese tater tots, tremendous pretzel weenie, soft pretzel stick with home made bier cheese, various contemporary-created pork rinds
  • Bessie’s Home made Noodles: Chicken noodles, beef noodles, cabbage noodles and sausage, mashed potatoes. Entrees with mashed potatoes and just take-house quarts out there as properly.
  • Buzzed Bull Creamery: German chocolate ice cream, pumpkin spice ice product, strawberry sorbet, Dying by Chocolate ice product, vanilla ice cream
  • The Cheesecakery: Traditional cheesecake on a adhere, vanilla cheesecake dipped in dim chocolate
  • Chicago Gyros: Gyro döner kebab, reuben gyro, bier cheese and kraut doggy, gyro doggy, falafel pita, baclava
  • The Cincinnati Grill: Refreshing grilled brat or mett, chicken schnitzel sandwich, pickle chips, potato pancake, Oktoberfest pretzel, German egg roll
  • Eli’s BBQ: Pulled pork, smoked hot puppies, smoked sauerkraut, baked beans, mac and cheese
  • Traveling Pig Tails: Grilled ruben, smoked kielbasa, goetta bun hyperlink, limburger and onion, jumbo pretzel
  • Goetta and Sweets: Royal grill goetta sandwich, grill donut sandwich, goetta quesadilla, large cream puff (strawberry, chocolate chip or basic), black forrest cake, apple strudel
  • Hey Hey: Sauerkraut balls, german potato pancake, cabbage and noodles, rooster and noodles, limburger sandwich, scorching slaw
  • Keystone Bar and Grill: Beer cheese and pretzels, bratwurst mac and cheese 
  • Kinderhaus: Ocktoberfest hen (50 percent or whole), Jager schnitzel, mettwurst/bratwurst, garlic mushrooms, feather fries, goulash mitt spaetzels
  • Mecklenburg Gardens: Fried pickles, Zinzinnati sausage sampler, currywurst, German sausage on a pretzel bun, pretzel stick with mustard, product puff
  • Mick Noll’s Covington Haus: Super bratwurst, mettwurst, currywurst, scorching puppy, goetta balls, potato pancakes
  • The Initial Strudel Manufacturing unit: A variety of strudels, together with apple, cherry, cheese, apricot and pumpkin. Other folks involve savories like spinach, broccoli, Beef wellington, bratwurst, cinnamon sticks
  • Pennsylvania Dutch Haus: Pierogies, feathered fries, loaded fries, brats, metts, funnel cake, reuben sandwhich 
  • Philly Pretzel Manufacturing facility: 11-inch pretzel twist, dip, mini pretzel dogs
  • Pompilios Restaurant: Sauerkraut risotto ball, sauerbraten, nuremburg sandwich, caramel apple
  • Royal Berlin Chef: Goetta mac and cheese (German sausage with 4-cheese pasta), chicken schnitzel-on-a-adhere, German sausages, numerous funnel cakes, frankfurter, fried potatoes
  • Schmidt’s of German Village: Bratwurst or Bahama Mama, jumbo frankfurter, German potato salad, sauerkraut, jumbo product puff
  • Servatii Pastry Shop: Soft pretzel, beer cheese, cream puff, chocolate sauce, deco cookie
  • Woodstock Pretzel Organization: Warm pretzel, pretzel doggy, pretzel brat
  • Zoomer: Zoomer (cheddar mett), bratwurst, feathered fries, funnel cake, fried pb&j. goetta grilled cheese

The Situations


Functioning of the Wieners — midday at Independence Way at The Banks

The Running of the Wieners options 100 dachshunds racing alongside a extend of Liberty Way. Every pet will put on a warm pet dog bun costume whilst functioning approximately 75 ft, in heats of 10, to its operator waiting at the complete line.


The Gemütlichkeit Games (G-Video games) — noon at Key Stage at Next and Elm streets

Gemütlichkeit means goodwill, cordiality or friendliness. The thought of gemütlichkeit commenced right after the Napoleonic war in 1815 and right before the Groundbreaking wars started off in 1848. In this version, customers of greater Cincinnati media will acquire element in different gatherings like the beer barrel roll and the beer stein have.

Frocktoberfest/Socktoberfest Pageant — 7 p.m. at Main Phase at Next and Elm streets

Visitors are invited to don put on dirndl or lederhosen – reliable or a lot more imaginative. The winners will get prizes.


Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Offizielle Zeremonien (Formal Ceremonies) — midday at Main Stage at Next and Elm streets

The celebration will formally kick off with a mixture of German tunes, beer, dancing and a procession of nearby German groups all through the event. The procession will go to and devote each and every bier garten and fest tent. 

The World’s Most significant Rooster Dance — 4 p.m. at all Oktoberfest Zinzinnati stages

1000’s of hen dancers will choose component in a blocks-wide rendition of the Rooster Dance. Users of the local media will direct the dance from nine phases in the course of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. The occasion established the Guinness Entire world Record as the World’s Premier Chicken Dance in 1994.


Stein Hoist Championship — 2 p.m. Most important Stage at 2nd and Elm streets

The yearly take a look at of strength and stamina asks opponents to maintain a a person-liter stein of beer, straight out, without having bending an elbow or spilling any beer. One male and 1 feminine-figuring out winner (and one particular visitor each and every) will acquire spherical-excursion airfare, four nights resort, and $500 travel card to Munich Oktoberfest 2022, courtesy of Samuel Adams.

Preliminary Stein Hoist rounds will be held Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Sam Adams Bier Garten, Second and Walnut streets.

The World Brat Consuming Championship — 4 p.m. Braxton Phase at Third and Walnut streets

Joey Chestnut headlines the Earth Brat Feeding on Championship. Chestnut is the nine-time and only champion of the celebration. His brat-consuming environment document is 70 brats in 10 minutes. Sam Barclay of Key League Consuming will yet again provide as learn of ceremonies.

The Enjoyment

Thursday (5 p.m. to midnight)

  • Lexington Brewing Fest Tent on Vine involving Next and Third streets: Trailer Park Floosies and Dreamboat Annie
  • Sam Adams Bier Garten at Second and Walnut streets: Gergard Albinus Band, The Leroy Ellington Band Sam Adams Key Stage & Bier Garten at Next and Elm Streets: Remaining Get, That Arena Rock Display

Friday (11 a.m. to midnight)

  • Braxton Fass Bar at 3rd and Walnut streets: Matt Walters and the Recipe, Gee Your Band Smells Marvelous, 3 Working day Rule
  • Lexington Brewing Fest Tent: The Bavarians (7-11 p.m.)
  • Sam Adams Bier Garten: The Bier Her Mini Band, Smittie’s Schnapp’s Band, The Fest Meisters 
  • Sam Adams Most important Stage & Bier Garten: Vereins Musikanten
  • Sierra Nevada Fest Tent on Race Avenue among Next and Third streets: The River Metropolis Polkatz (6 p.m. to midnight) 
  • Spaten Fest Exam on Rosa Parks involving Second Avenue and Liberty Way: Cincinnati Schnapps Band (11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
  • St. Killian German Bier Garten on Race Road among 2nd Road and Flexibility Way: Pete Wagner Schnapps Band (1:30 to 5:30 p.m.)
  • Weihenstephan Bier Garten in Liberty Platz and Rosa Parks and Second Road: Matt Tolentino (Noon to 3 p.m.)
  • Zinzinnati Bier Garten at Third and Race streets: Jeff Henry & the Necessary Evils, Billy Brown Band, What She Claimed

Saturday (11 a.m. to midnight)

  • Braxton Fass Bar: Jeff Henry & The Essential Evils, Cassette Junkies, DV8
  • Lexington Brewing Fest Tent: Mike & Lee Duncan, Prost! Duo, The Cincinnati Brass Band Sam Adams Bier Garten: Smittie’s Schnapps Band, The Fest Meisters
  • Sam Adams Main Stage: The Enzian Tanzgruppe, Prost! (6 to 11 p.m.)
  • Sierra Nevada Fest Tent: The River Town Polkatz, Cincinnati Schnapps Band 
  • Spaten Fest Tent: Donaushwaben Schuplattlers, The Zinzinnati Bier Band (4 to 11 p.m.)
  • St. Killian German Bier Garten: Pete Wagner Schnapps Band, Vereins Musikanten
  • Wiehenstephan Bier Garten: The Bavarians (1 to 5 p.m.)
  • Zinzinnati Bier Garten: Marty Connor Band, Kenny Welch Band, Audio Graffiti

Sunday (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

  • Braxton Fass Bar: Stays in Vegas, Brat Eating Championship, Just Insert Beer Lexington
  • Brewing Fest Tent: Prost!, Ein Stein
  • Sam Adams Most important Stage: Cincinnati Civic Orchestra, Prost!
  • Sierra Nevada Fest Tent: Pete Wagner Schnapps Band, The Bavarians
  • Spaten Fest Tent: The Cincinnati Brass Band, Cincinnati Schnapps Band
  • St. Killian German Bier Garten: Zinzinnati Bier Band (noon to 4 p.m.) 
  • Wiehenstephan Bier Garten: Matt Tolentino Trio, Vereins Musikanten 
  • Zinzinnati Bier Garten: ohrwürmchen mit Amy McFarland und Jay Aronoff, Doghouse

    Oktoberfest Map (Delivered by Cincinnati Usa Regional Chamber)