Friday, September 23, 2011

Beau’s Oktoberfest a Finalist for “Best Ontario Tourism Experience”

Ottawa, ON


With little more than a week left until the 2011 Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest begins, Beau’s All Natural Brewing has just received word that their annual event is a finalist for a 2011 Ontario Tourism Award, in the category of “Best Ontario Tourism Experience.”

The news comes along with announcements from Beau’s that Saturday tickets for this year’s Oktoberfest are nearly gone, and more than half the tickets for the three day-festival are now sold. Just after the Oktoberfest dust settles the Ontario Tourism Awards will be handed out, on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at the Convention Centre in Hamilton, ON.

“‘Best Ontario Tourism Experience’ is a fantastic way to describe what the Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest offers,” says Steve Beauchesne, who co-founded Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company with his dad, Tim, in 2006. “For the nomination to come just now as we are putting the final touches on this year’s festivities is a perfect reward for all the hard work and planning that goes into making this such a fun event. It’s a real feather in our cap,” he concludes.

Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest is an annual Bavarian celebration hosted by Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company. This year’s event has expanded to three days of Bavarian celebration – Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2 – held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds at 92 Main St. W in Vankleek Hill. A charity fundraising event, this year the Oktoberfest is slated to raise $50,000 to benefit the Canadian Red Cross, Good Food Revolution, the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, and additional community-building non-profit organizations.

The festival features activities for adults and children, challenges of strength and endurance, Kinderfest (a non-licensed area for families), German music and dancers, evening concerts, a Beer Expert Speakers Series, and more. Beau’s All Natural will be pouring seven different brews on tap at the festival. In addition to these, more than 30 one-off cask ales from Ontario and Quebec craft breweries will be available. Bavarian and seasonally inspired food will be prominent and plentiful at this year’s event.

General admission tickets are going fast, but are still available online at www.beaus.ca/Oktoberfest, in the brewery retail store located at 10 Terry Fox Dr. in Vankleek Hill, and at Bridgehead locations throughout Ottawa (see www.bridgehead.ca). Three-day passes are $45 per person, one-day passes are $18 and tickets for children 18 and under are $5. Round trip bus transportation from Ottawa to the festival and back is once again available. More information is available at www.beaus.ca/oktoberfest, or by calling the brewery at 1-866-585-BEER (2337).

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