Bockfest Celebrates 20 Years
WNKU has been a part of Bockfest for over a decade now, but the festival is celebrating it's 20th year in 2012. To help celebrate, WNKU and the Real Mary Peale will broadcast live from Bockfest Hall on March 3rd from Noon to 4pm.
Bockfest is a celebration of historic Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati's brewing heritage and the coming of spring. What began as a small, loosely organized event that barely caused a blip on the radars of Cincinnatians has evolved into one of the region's most unique and celebrated festivals. There are several bock beer festivals that take place around the world, but Cincinnati's Bockfest is now the oldest and largest in the United States. It begins with a parade on Friday evening that starts at Arnold's Bar & Grill, Cincinnati's oldest saloon. The parade is lead by the reigning Sausage Queen and a goat pulling a keg of Bock beer. It ends at Bockfest Hall where the ceremonial first keg is blessed and Bockfest officially begins. The Hall is open throughout the weekend and features live entertainment, great food, historic walking tours, authors and breweriana, a homebrew competition, Continental Sunday celebrations and lots of delicious bock beer. Bockfest is not just limited to the Hall. It occurs in a number of participating venues in Over-the-Rhine and the central business district.
Check out these promotional videos of Bockfest Past: