Cincinnati has a lot of regional culinary specialties that non-Cincinnatians find weird (like, you know, Skyline), but goetta might take the cake. Made of ground pork, pinhead oats and spices, Cincinnati’s signature breakfast food has been ingrained into our city’s cultural DNA since it was first invented by German immigrants in the late 19th-century as a way to stretch a serving of meat into several meals. MainStrasse’s annual Goettafest will be serving up every possible iteration of the dish, not just for breakfast: goetta pizza, goetta chili, goetta ruebens, and much, much more. There will also be rides, activities and live music and entertainment all along the Sixth Street Promenade.
5-11:30 p.m. Friday; noon-11:30 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. Free. Mainstrasse Village, Sixth Street, Covington, Ky., mainstrasse.org.