Glier's Goettafest in Northern Kentucky on the Ohio river with a view of the Cincinnati Skyline

Goetta is a unique foodie favorite in our Northern Kentucky and Cincy region. This yummy sausage made of pork and pin oats (and pronounced get-uh) is such a local treat, there’s even a festival to celebrate and enjoy it –  Glier’s Goettafest! Alas, like so many other fun local things to do, the Covid pandemic put a stop to Goettafest in 2020, but we’re excited to hear that it’s back for 2021!

If you’re local to the Cincy/NKY area, you might remember we love goetta so much, there used to be TWO festivals celebrating it – one in Newport, Ky. and one in Covington, Ky., in Mainstrasse Village.

Goettafest expands to TWO NKY cities – Newport and Covington

We’re happy to announce that 2021’s Glier’s Goettafest is expanding to both cities again! That’s right – eight days of celebrating goetta with music, games, and every conceivable goetta recipe in both Covington and Newport!

Goettafest Riverboat Shuttle

There will be a riverboat shuttle all day during the hours of the festival to take you back and forth between Newport’s Festival Park and the Covington Plaza. It will cost $5 to ride the riverboat shuttle all day—children under 12 ride free.

Goetta Vending Machine and More

A woman placing an order at the Glier's Goetta Vending Machine

The famous Goetta Vending machine is returning this year. There will also be axe throwing, a mechanical bull, slot cars, and games.

Most importantly though, there will be a dizzying array of goetta dishes to try. To name just a few:

Goetta Shepherd’s Pie

Goetta BBQ Sandwich

Goetta Loaded Potato Pancakes

Goetta Mac ‘n Cheese

Goetta Brownie

And of course the famous Grilled Goetta Donut!

Goetta donut sandwich with a plastic glass filled with beer and a bridge in the background

So mark your calendars! Glier’s Goettafest 2021 happens on the weekends of July 29th – August 1, and August 5th – August 8th. The hours are:  Thursday and Friday, 5 -- 11 pm, Saturday Noon – 11 pm, and Sunday Noon – 9 pm.

Check the Glier's Goettafest website for more details.