Lovelands Oktoberfest provides extra actions, meals and leisure to the line-up!

by Cassie Mattia

Loveland, Ohio – Excitement builds across Loveland as downtown prepares for the first Oktoberfest brought to you by The Little Miami River Chamber Alliance, Warsteiner, CancerFree Kids, and many more!

On Friday, September 24th from 4pm to 10pm and Saturday, September 25th from 4.30pm to 11pm, Downtown Loveland will be the “land of love” for Oktoberfest 2021. The festival offers many traditional German activities, competitions, food and drinks and of course some spectacular German clothing!

Warsteiner, an international German beer company founded in Warstein, Germany in 1753 when Antonius Cramer was asked to pay beer tax after his brewing volume exceeded the amount allowed for personal use, will host a beer garden. Emporium in Nisbet Park. Traditionally, a beer garden is an open-air space where beer and food are served. This concept dates back to the 19th century in Bavaria, when breweries laid gardens over cellars to keep their lager cool enough to ferment underground.

The Warsteiner beer garden serves its finest beer from the Premium Pils. “A refreshing, pale golden Pilsener with a clean taste, perfectly balanced with a hint of barley malt, subtle bottom-fermented yeast tones and mild hop bitterness“For Premium Dunkel,“ a full, dark amber beer with a full-bodied, soft taste that is nicely accentuated with satisfying roasted malt notes and a subtle bottom-fermented note Yeast tones“For the Oktoberfest Special Edition,” a balanced, mild, and smooth taste with a uniquely smooth, hoppy aftertaste and 5.9% alcohol. “

Beer tickets are sold in the Warsteiner Emporium in the beer garden and can be used to purchase Warsteiner premium beer in the Emporium, The Works Pizza, Ramsey’s Trailside or Bishop’s Quarter, where the Warsteiner Oktoberfest is sold. Domestic beer tickets are $ 5 and craft beer tickets are $ 6. When purchasing a beer ticket, you have the option to purchase an authentic 16-ounce Loveland Oktoberfest souvenir mug for $ 8 that only refills Warsteiner beer for $ 5.

CancerFree Kids benefit from all the tips collected from the beer garden.

Of course, what goes better with beer than traditional German food! Most of the restaurants in downtown Loveland will be offering some German-inspired food in celebration of Oktoberfest. The Works Pizza offers potato pancakes, Ramsey’s Trailside a special pretzel, Trailside Provisions only serves cream puffs and frozen chocolate bananas on Saturdays, All the Ingredients contains sauerkraut balls, sausages and herb potato skewers, Loveland Sweets is Black Forest ice cream, Tano Bistro roast pork and apple strudel, The Wicked Pickle Sandwiches and Bishop’s Quarter German pancakes with sour cream.

In addition to Loveland’s local restaurants serving German specialties, the new local company Dolph’s Dogs will also be there to satisfy everyone’s cravings for sausage, bratwurst or hotdog! Kona Ice and Right Stuff Grill will also be at Oktoberfest. Food stalls will be set up in the beer garden near Nisbet Park.

Would you like to learn more about traditional German cuisine? Read this CNN Travel article I found that talks all about German cuisine!

The Landing Event Center is hosting an Oktoberfest event on Friday that will benefit the League for Animal Welfare. This special benefit includes beer tastings, an authentic German starter buffet and live music. The event is free and public.

Jackson Street Market also offers handicrafts throughout the Oktoberfest celebration.

The Little Miami Chamber Alliance (LMRCA) has been working hard for several months planning Loveland’s first Oktoberfest and can’t wait to see how all of the German activities and competitions develop!

One of the most exciting and competitive German traditions will be the Stein Hoist competition, also known as The Masskrugen Challenge, which starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday at 6 p.m. 6 participants from each local restaurant take part in the competition. The Works Pizza, Ramsey’s Trailside, Cappy’s, Bishop’s Quarter, Cindy’s, Paxton’s Grill, The Landing Event Center and The Wicked Pickle will all fight for victory! Randi Rico from Channel 5 will moderate the mugs finale.

Stone lifting is a traditional Bavarian strength competition in which participants hold a full 1 liter beer mug (typically weighing 5.5 pounds) in front of their bodies with an outstretched arm parallel to the floor. The person who can hold the pose the longest wins.

Stop by the Loveland beer stand on Friday and the beer garden on Saturday to say hello to the Christy Jones team and raise a mug!

The Lederhosen competition (German costume competition) begins on Friday in the Bischofsviertel. The winner will be determined at 7:30 p.m. Lederhosen are leather shorts with H-shaped suspenders worn by working-class men from Alpine regions such as Bavaria. They wore these while working because the leather material made it easier to remove the dust and dirt that had accumulated while working. Lederhosen are also of cultural and social significance for German culture.

In fact, there is a female version of lederhosen called “dirndl”, a dress that can either fall to the knees or to the floor. The dress includes a tight bodice designed to complement a woman’s breast.

On Friday at 5:00 p.m. there will be a stone slide competition at Oktoberfest Cappy’s and on the Main Stage (in Nisbet Park), where you can buy tickets for $ 2. Live entertainment begins with the Kyle Hackett Duo at 6:00 p.m. at Cappy’s, followed by the Counting Skeletons at 7:00 p.m. on the main stage.

On Saturday the Oktoberfest entertainment starts with Premier Dance and Tumbling at 4 p.m., and shortly afterwards the Viennese dog race (near the Little Miami Conservancy) takes place in Nisbet Park at 4:30 p.m. The victorious Viennese dog will receive a gift card from Taras Pet Boutique! Live entertainment with the cloggers continues at 5:30 p.m.

Of course, we mustn’t forget one of the most coveted German Oktoberfest traditions, tapping the keg! Tapping the keg is one of the oldest traditions of the German Oktoberfest. The barrel tap is usually carried out by the Lord Mayor of Munich, who in the case of Loveland will be Mayor Kathy Bailey. The goal of tapping the keg is to get the mayor to hit the keg with a hammer as often as possible before yelling “O’zapft is” (keg broken open). As soon as the mayor shouts “O’zapft is”, surrounding traders are allowed to officially sell their beer!

Before the tapping of the keg in Germany there is a “parade”, during which colorful horse-drawn carriages and flower-covered wagons pull down to the Oktoberfest. The pageant is traditionally led by the Münchner Kindl, followed by the mayor’s float. Behind the mayor there are carts of the innkeepers and breweries as well as the waitresses who pour the beer, who typically hold beer mugs in the procession. Mayor Kathy Bailey and LMRCA Board President Doug Portmann will attend this portion of Loveland’s Oktoberfest. The keg parade begins on Saturday at 5.30 p.m. and the keg tapping begins shortly afterwards. The procession begins at Paxton’s Grill, goes up Railroad Ave. down and ends at the main stage in Nisbet Park.

On Saturday from 6-10 p.m. the Zinzinnati beer band will perform and at 6 p.m. the Masskrugen award ceremony will begin on the main stage.

There are some new additions at Lovelands Oktoberfest! For those who have PRE-ORDERED their exclusive Loveland Oktoberfest T-shirt, Cincy Shirts will set up a stand near the beer garden. The Loveland Oktoberfest T-shirts are $ 20. To pre-order your Loveland Oktoberfest shirt 2021, click here.

The new local company Epic Picnics will set up a beautiful German-style picnic photo booth in Nisbet Park on Friday and Saturday with Oktoberfest props and food for festival visitors to have the opportunity to take a Loveland Oktoberfest photo.

It’s never too late to sponsor Loveland’s first Oktoberfest! If you or your company would like to become a sponsor, please email the LMRCA or call their office at 513-683-1544.

LMRCA also needs volunteers to help out with all of the exciting celebrations! If you’d like to volunteer for Oktoberfest, click here to see what options are available. You can also email LMRCA or call the office at 513-683-1544 for information about volunteering.

You can find more updates about the Loveland Oktoberfest 2021 at Loveland Salad With ME, Cassie Mattia!

Columnist Cassie Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland. She is the co-owner, associate editor, and marketing director of Loveland Magazine. Contact Cassie to promote your event or business in Loveland Magazine. Cassie also runs events from Emcee, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you need an Emcee for your next event, fundraiser, or sports-related competition.

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