German inspired Ox roasting festival to return with Christian Moerlein keg tapping and Ox blessing ceremony


Schwabenfest 005Colerain Township, Ohio, June 2, 2016 — The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society announced today that it will celebrate its 6th annual Schwabenfest on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11. The German organization, located in Colerain Township Township and famous for its authentic Oktoberfest celebration, will roast a 750-pound Ox in a rotisserie.

Inspired by the mechanical Ox consisting of a “locomobile” mounted on four iron wheels and a rotisserie with a revolving spit, an enclosure and a smokestack created by German butcher named Johann Rossler, Schwabenfest has become a great way to relax and enjoy the Spring weather. It is the only festival in the Cincinnati area featuring an authentic whole ox roast.

New to the festival this year will be a special keg tapping ceremony featuring Christian Moerlein beer and Moerlein inspired sauces to serve with the Ox dinners. The festival promises an Oktoberfest-like setting, live entertainment by the Donauschwaben dancers, the return of the Donauschwaben stein holding contest, in addition to live music provided by local bands Saffire Express (Friday night), Squeeze Play (Saturday afternoon) and Alp’n Zaub’n (Saturday evening).

“The Donauschwaben Society’s mission has always been to preserve and celebrate our German heritage,” said Nick Krummen, Schwabenfest co-chair. “We are excited to bring back the Ox roasting tradition to Cincinnati for the third year in a row and add a local flavor to the festival with Christian Moerlein and OTR Cider Co.”

Beer selections for Schwabenfest will include local beers from Christian Moerlein, the Donauschwaben’s house beer Schwabenlager, OTR Cider Co., which recently debuted at the Taste of Cincinnati, and others. Food items will include our delicious homemade sausage dinners, Oxen Roast with beer inspired sauces (Saturday only), pretzel sandwiches with ham or turkey, homemade apple and cherry strudel, Bavarian cream puffs, and more.

The 6th Annual Schwabenfest will take place on Friday, June 10 from 6 p.m. to Midnight and Saturday, June 11 from 1 p.m. to Midnight. Entrance into the festival will cost $3 per person. Onsite parking will be available. For more information about Schwabenfest, visit our website at, find us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. 

About the Cincinnnati Donauschwaben Society
The Cincinnati Donauschwaben Society is a non-profit family-oriented society preserving and celebrating its German heritage since 1954. It is home to the only Oktoberfest celebration in Cincinnati held in October. They are located at 4290 Dry Ridge Road in Colerain Township (I-275 and Colerain Ave, behind the Lowe’s). For more information about the Schwaben lager and other Donauschwaben events, like the Official Cincinnati Donauschwaben page on Facebook, follow them on Twitter (@CincyDonau, #cincydonau), or visit their website at