All the Greater Cincinnati Summer Food Festivals and Events You Should Taste This Summer
Looking to branch out of your food and beverage bubble? Here's a list of various food festivals happening this summer in the Queen City, celebrating everything from Italian food and chicken wings to goetta.
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This year's Glier's Goettafest will be spread over two weekends and two cities: Newport and Covington. Riverboats will be taking goetta fans from "Goettafest East" to "Goettafest West" throughout the celebration. Events include goetta-themed games, live entertainment, a goetta history booth, goetta toss and a crap-ton of goetta food. Inventive creations range from hand-dipped footlong goetta corn dogs and grilled goetta donuts to goetta mac and cheese and goetta brownies.
5-11 p.m. July 29 and 30; noon-11 p.m. July 31; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 1; 5-11 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 7; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 8. Free admission. Festival Park, Newport on the Levee and Covington Plaza, Covington Riverfront.
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This cocktail party will be held at Mortons Steakhouse, where there will be four dishes cooked by different chefs and served with hand-crafted cocktails made with top-shelf tequila from Casamigos. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend. 6-8 p.m. July 23. $99 (includes tax and gratuity). Morton's The Steakhouse, 441 Vine St., Suite 1H, Downtown.
Top international chefs from across the globe will be heading to the International Food Festival on July 31 to offer up their best. This indoor and outdoor food festival will have a diverse range of foods such as Jamaican, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and many others. The family-friendly event is free to attend, but in order to dine, bring cash.
Noon-9 p.m. July 31. Free admission. Jamaica Mon Caribbean Cuisine, 6679 Dixie Hwy., Unit C, Fairfield.
This food event is perfect for anyone who loves picnics in the park and hiking in forests. Forest, Food, and Folklore allows all of your senses to explore Greater Cincinnati's Long Branch Farm & Trails. The event takes folks on a 1.5-mile hike and offers foraged-infused hors doeuvres and drinks so guests can connect even closer with the trails and historic lands. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 7-9 p.m., or 7:30-9:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $25 for member adults; $34 for nonmember adults (includes daily admission). Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen.
Since 2010, the Greater Cincinnati area has hosted the Asian Food Fest to preserve and celebrate Asian culture. August 7-8, guests will be able to experience various Asian flavors from a multitude of countries such as China, Japan, India, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and more. In addition to sampling authentic Asian cuisine, guests will also enjoy live musical performances. Aug. 7 and 8. Downtown Cincinnati, 2nd St., between Elm St. and Walnut St.
This four-day-long festival will be a seafood-lovers paradise. Located at Newports Festival Park, the Great Inland Seafood Festival will serve a wide variety of sea-dwelling creatures such as shrimp, crab, oysters and more. Various bands and artists will be performing live music all four days and admission is free. 5-11 p.m. Aug 12 and 13; noon-11 p.m. Aug. 14; noon-9 p.m. Aug. 15. Free admission. Newports Festival Park, Riverboat Row, Newport.
Youve heard of a bar crawl, but how about a tacos and tequila crawl? On August 21, the Tacos and Tequila Crawl will take over Over-the-Rhine. Guests will get to enjoy exclusive margaritas, tequila, beer and some delicious tacos along their trek. 1-5 p.m. Aug 21. $12 (does not include tacos); $18 (includes tacos and tequila); $37 (includes extra taco and drink tickets and a shirt). Various Over-the-Rhine bars and restaurants, see above link for list.
Margarita Madness will return to the Purple People Bridge this summer for its 8th-annual margarita fest. Tickets include admission, 10 drink tickets, food samples, live music, and a chance to vote on the best margarita. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $40. Purple People Bridge, 425 York St., Newport.
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If you're a wing fiend, this festival will leave you salivating for days. Washington Park will be hosting Queen of the Wing, a dedicated chicken wing food festival with vendors who are experts in how to prepare, cook, and serve the juiciest wings. A wing champion will be awarded at the end of the fest. 2019's winner was The NBL CKN.Aug 21 and 22. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine.
If youre a beer-lover, then this is the festival for you. The two-weekend-long Big Biergarten Experience takes place August 20-29 at Northgate's Germania Park. Sort of like a mini Oktoberfest, this beer festival will include a large selection of imported German bier, German food, music, vendors, and more. 6-11 p.m. Aug. 20; 2-11 p.m. Aug. 21; 2-7 p.m. Aug. 22; 6-11 p.m. Aug. 27; 2-11 p.m. Aug. 28; 2-7 p.m. Aug. 29. $5 per person (ages 12 and up); $10 for reserved parking. Germania Park, 3529 W. Kemper Road, Northgate