One of the world's largest Oktoberfest's takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio each year to celebrate the city's German heritage. Highlight's include:
- Chicken Dancing -- It's a universal dance of all people who enjoy being silly. And you can do it with many others on Fountain Square as we do the World's Largest Chicken Dance led by Joe Morgan, a Cincinnati Reds great.
- Bratwurst Eating Contest -- Ok, I have a hard time getting on board with this one, but the current record of 42 Bratwursts in 10 minutes by Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut is pretty impressive by competitive eating standards. It's also nausea-inducing for those of us who just like eating, but not competitively.
- The Food - Schnitzel, Strudel, Bavarian Pretzels, Potato Pancakes, Sauerkraut Balls, Goulash.
I'm headed to Oktoberfest tonight -- pictures later!
My obligatory souvenir mug filled with Sam Adam's Oktoberfest. Yum.
Oh, Oktoberfest. You dazzle me with your ever-flowing beer, masses of people, and crazy chicken hats. This year's Oktoberfest saw the most beautiful weather in recent memory, not to be matched by the best Oktoberfest food I've enjoyed in a long while. Maybe it was the company or the rumbling hunger in my stomach, but whatever the reason, I truly enjoyed this year's Oktoberfest.
Here's a run-down of what I ate:
Sausage with peppers and onions. Nothing too spectacular here, but it was still delicious. The onions were cooked to sweetness.
German nachos -- spiral cut potatoes topped with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives. Also, precariously balanced on a newspaper stand because finding room to sit at Oktoberfest is really only for carriage pushers and elbow throwers. I wish I could tell you more about these chips, but Steve REALLY enjoyed them :-) The few I had were very tasty.
Strudel. Flaky, sugary, and warm. We tried the cheese variety which was non-descript and sweet, but yummy just the same.
AND, MY FAVORITE:
Sauerkraut Balls with Horseradish sauce. I don't like sauerkraut and you will never find it at my house or on my hot dogs. However, these little spheres of joy de-bunk what you think you know about sauerkraut. They are crispy, gooey, and filled with some kind of meat, cheese, and mustard filling. So, so yummy and not at all the stringy, sour stuff you may find elsewhere.
Overall, this was a great Oktoberfest and worth checking out if you have time -- open today!