Glier’s Goettafest started as an experiment, really.
We wanted to know if anyone would come to one whole day dedicated to just one food. We wanted to get a new audience hooked on goetta. But, more than anything, we wanted to gather with our goetta family, the loyalists who have made goetta a regional staple.
So we threw a party. A pretty big party, smack dab in the middle of Glier’s neighborhood. We invited everyone we knew and we rolled out the red carpet.
Well, they came. The people have continued to come over and over again. And they’ve brought all their friends. And they’ve turned our little neighborhood party into a full-blown bash. The goetta-lovin’ people of the world have turned Glier’s Goettafest into a total celebration of all things goetta.
- 2001: MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY, Glier’s Goettafest is born. A single-day event on Father’s Day weekend, the opening attendance and goetta-interest assure us that we’re on to something.
- 2002: A year of media buzz and gracious press encourage the expansion of Glier’s Goettafest to two days. New food vendors join the celebration, and the amount of live entertainment grows as well.
- 2003: Goettafest stretches into more MainStrasse space and the crowds keep coming. The Kentucky Tourism Council names Glier’s Goettafest one of the state’s Top 10 festivals.
- 2004: To accommodate the burgeoning crowds, Goettafest temporarily moves just across the Ohio River to Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point.
- 2005: Goettafest enjoys its most successful event to date, as it settles into its new home back in Northern Kentucky. With its convenient accessibility and riverside beauty, Newport’s Riverfront Levee is the ultimate venue for the ever-expanding festival.
- 2006: Even more food vendors, family rides, and goetta games are added to Goettafest that is flourishing at Newport’s Riverfront Levee.
- 2007: Goettafest attendance soars; evening crowds completely pack the levee.
- 2008: Conservative estimates put Goettafest attendance at over 65,000 goetta-focused fans. The event is now recognized as one of Greater Cincinnati’s premier events.
- 2009: Goetta Sushi and Goetta Coneys dazzle and delight hungry taste-seekers and goetta-loyalists. Goettafest crowds swell to over 100,000 visitors. Judging by the pins placed on the popular “Tell Us Where You Are From” map, Goettafest attracts visitors from all 50 states and over 30 countries.