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Summer Guide 2014
Our Favorite Fests
St. Gabriel Catholic Church (June 13–15)
Take the fun and fellowship of a parish fete and add a charming historic neighborhood as its setting and you begin to understand the appeal of the St. Gabriel festival.
Panegyri Greek Festival (June 27–29)
After four decades in Finneytown, the Panegyri Greek Festival is practically a force of nature.
St. Veronica Church (June 27–29)
St. Veronica’s has all the earmarks of a classic Catholic church fest.
St. Rita Fest (July 11–13)
What started as “visiting day” for students and their families back in 1916 has morphed into the mother of all Cincy church festivals.
St. Cecilia Parish Festival (July 18–20)
Church festivals and tweens go together like hot dogs and mustard.
St. Paul Catholic Church (July 18–20)
The Chicken Charlie dinner at St. Paul Catholic Church in Florence is kind of a big deal.
St. Peter & Paul Picnic (July 26 & August 23)
At Hickory Grove picnic grounds in California, Kentucky, you are truly in “God’s country.” City folk might imagine these rolling green hills are in the middle of nowhere, but you’re a mere 24.4 miles from Fountain Square.
Holy Cross-Immaculata Mt. Adams Festival (August 1 & 2)
At Holy Cross-Immaculata’s annual party, the faithful queue up for a chicken dinner cooked by Dixie Cherrington.
St. Teresa of Avila (August 1–3)
As parking lot festivals go, St. Teresa of Avila’s is pretty classy thanks to its 92-year-old church building.
West Fest (June 28 & 29)
For the side of town that so often receives little-brother status, West Fest is its annual revenge.
Glier’s Goettafest (August 7–10)
It’s not a church thing. If the crowd is here to worship anything, it’s Glier’s goetta, in all its oddest incarnations.
St. Joseph (August 8–10)
School starts just a couple of weeks later, but if that’s not soon enough, St. Joseph may have the answer.
Germania Society of Cincinnati Oktoberfest (August 22–24)
There’s Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, the boozy chicken dance spectacular. And then there’s what we like to think of as the real deal: the Germania Society of Cincinnati Oktoberfest.
Alexandria Fair and Horse Show (August 27–September 4)
The centerpiece of all the action is the horse show, which runs in seven sessions; more than 100 classes will take to the show ring before it’s all said and done.
St. Vincent Fall Fest (September 12–14)
We caught Midnight Special rocking an unabashedly faithful version of “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Feed Your Face
Goetta Nachos, Glier’s Goettafest
Erlanger’s Colonial Cottage contributes this fantastic Mexi-German culture clash.
Deep-Fried Candy Bars, Alexandria Fair and Horse Show
Be careful: Inside that batter is one gooey mess of a sugar high.
Funnel Cakes, everywhere
The ur-festival food.
Mock Turtle Soup, St. Rita Fest
They go through hundreds of gallons of the stuff.
Pig Roast, St. Gabriel
At St. Gabriel in Glendale, they do things a little differently
Walking Taco, St. Vincent Ferrer
You’re set to wander among the throng.
Spit Roasted Chicken, Germania Society Oktoberfest
The sight of these chickens is wondrous to behold.
Greek Pastries, Panegyri Greek Festival
You don’t need to be able to pronounce the words
but you should try.
Best of the Fests
Sts. Peter and Paul Wooden Nickels
The Glier's GoettaFest Coney Eating Contest
The Germania Society's Warsteiner Oktoberfest
The St. Vincent Ferrer Fall Festival Beer Garden
The St. Cecilia's Flea Market
The Alexandria Fair’s Chicken Rodeo
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Summer is to TV shows what winter is to bears: that is, a time for deep slumber and for living off the fruits of last season’s labors. But some pretty lofty original programming has interrupted this year’s hibernation.
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