Sausage Fest may be the most unfortunately named festival in Cincinnati, and this is saying something considering that we’re the city that makes newbies tilt their head a bit when you ask them if they want to go for a three-way after playing Cornhole in your back yard.
And people say we’re conservative and repressed!
After walking around Sausage Fest, wondering why they were charging the same amount for a “souvenir mug” of Bud Light as they were of Moerlein’s OTR and passing by some fairly boring sausage preparations, we ended up at Busken’s booth, where they were having a little bit more fun with the idea of sausage (and pork in general), featuring a Maple Bacon donut and goetta donuts. We didn’t try the maple bacon– just one of their maple donuts with bacon on it– but we did try the goetta donuts (or as they called them, “goetta goobers”.
There wasn’t a whole lot of goetta flavor– it was subtle– but the texture of the freshly-fried donuts and slight savory note was really nice. Will they be attending other festivals with these gems? I think they’d be nice at Goettafest or at Oktoberfest.