Cincinnatians love food that's unique to the region – like Skyline Chili, Graeter's Ice Cream and Montgomery Inn Ribs. There's a lesser-known dish, however, that many natives to the region also enjoy. This dish is known as goetta (get-uh), and millions of pounds of it are consumed each year.
So what is goetta?
It's primarily composed of ground meat and steel-cut oats and flavored with bay leaves, rosemary, salt, pepper and thyme. The dish originated with German settlers who immigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century. Many locals enjoy eating goetta with their eggs and in omelets for breakfast. Some even enjoy goetta sliders and goetta pizza! You're also likely to find some special Cincinnati goetta dishes on local restaurant menus.
Glier's Goetta, located in Covington, Ky., is the largest commercial producer of goetta. The company produces more than 1,000,000 pounds of goetta annually and around 99% of it is consumed in Greater Cincinnati! Eckerlin Meats at Findlay Market and Queen City Sausage also produce this Cincinnati favorite. Visitors can order theirs online, have it shipped back home or pick some up at local grocery stores while in town like at Jungle Jim's, Kroger, Remke Markets, Sam's Club, Wal-Mart and Meijer.
Give goetta a try next time you visit. We are the only region in the world to host TWO goetta festivals every year.
June 15-17, 2018
Enjoy arts and crafts, live music, entertainment, children's activities and the signature dish in all its glory.
August 2-5, 2018
Enjoy live music and cloggers, a variety of goetta dishes and even goetta-themed games!