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# Friday, September 28, 2007
Oktoberfest in "Zinzinnati"
Posted by Diane

German is the ancestry Americans most often claim, and Family Tree Magazine’s hometown, Cincinnati, could run for flag-bearer. We're so German that one of the city's oldest neighborhoods is called Over the Rhine.

Our Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, which I attended last weekend, is the biggest Oktoberfest outside Munich. We’re proud of our world record for the largest group chicken dance: In 1994, the visiting Crown Prince of Bavaria led 48,000 of us in tweet-tweeting our hands and flapping our elbows to Der Vogerltanz. (We held the title until 1997.)

This year, BallinStadt, the Hamburg emigration museum that opened in July, even sent someone to tell Oktoberfest revelers how they could learn about their German ancestors’ departure for America.

Our Oktoberfest is also a gold mine for lovers of goetta (prounounced get-uh), aka "Cincinnati caviar." The story is German immigrants brought us this peasant dish, meant to stretch meat supplies.

Goetta is mostly ground pork and pinhead (steel-cut) oats seasoned with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper, and thyme, then boiled, sliced into square patties and fried. My mom made it for breakfast, but any time is goetta time at Oktoberfest:









In summer, a local Goettafest offers even more variety, including, for the truly devoted, goetta fudge. Tasty.

Hungry? You’ll find recipes for goetta here and here.

Celebrating your heritage | Genealogy fun
Friday, September 28, 2007 4:32:32 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [4]
Saturday, September 29, 2007 11:27:57 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Appreciated your article on the goetta. I grew up in Covington. I now live in Maryland. I have tried to get goetta here. I even went to Baltimore to a German butcher shop but they didn't know what I was talking about. Even my German teacher didn't have a clue. Every time I go home to visit friends and family, I try to bring some back with me. It's funny the things you miss when you move out of the area. I also miss Skyline Chili.
Robert Schlachter
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 8:11:54 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
One of the recipe sites I linked to says not many in Germany have actually heard of goetta. Makes me wonder if the dish immigrants brought was sort of a "precursor" that eventually became goetta as we know it right here in Cincy.

I was a vegetarian for awhile, so I never developed the same love for goetta and Cincinnati chili that others have. Graeter's ice cream, though--that's a different story!
Diane
Wednesday, October 03, 2007 8:52:43 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
I had one of the goetta sandwiches at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. It was wonderful! I never realized until recently that goetta was a Cincinnati food. I'll add it to my list of Cincy foods I can't live without (Skyline & Graeter's).
Greg
Saturday, October 13, 2007 11:11:03 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Oktoberfest is fabulous and I miss the traditional and large festivities east of the Mississippi. Living in Arizona does not mean foresaking our heritage. I have included some ideas on Oktoberfest those of us in the West can enjoy.
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