Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Beau’s Oktoberfest Fundraising Festival Just Weeks Away

Ottawa, ON


Early bird tickets are now sold out, and there just a few weeks to go before the festivities begin at the 2011 edition of the Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest, 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 – to be held at the Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds, located at 92 Main Street West in Vankleek Hill.

Early bird tickets have sold out and general admission tickets are now 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 — the full bus schedule is listed online at the Beau’s website listed above.

Oktoberfest adult activities this year include challenges of strength and endurance, including the popular spouse-carrying race, the “Stein-Hold Struggle” and keg toss, as well as a sausage-eating contest and sauerkraut cook-off. Children and families will have fun at Kinderfest, a non-licensed area hosted by DooDoo the Clown. Activities include a hay maze, Little Ray’s Reptile Show, a mini-sausage eating competition, a kids’ parade, a giant castle-building area, face painting and malt sack races.

Evening concerts include locals Jim Bryson and Cuff the Duke, as well as renowned Toronto indie
rockers Lowest of the Low. Performances also include the return of Colorado alt-country band Drag
the River and a very special appearance by Canada’s Polka King, Walter Ostanek. Traditional German oompah music and dancers will engage and entertain festival goers throughout the day!

New this year is an expanded Speakers Series with Canadian and international guests covering
beer-related topics. Beer expert Stephen Beaumont will discuss the history of brewing in Germany;
Scandinavian Anders Kissmeyer will be giving a presentation entitled “Voulez-vous brasser avec moi ce soir?;” master brewer Alex Barlow of Great Britain will be discussing cask beer; sommelier Jaime Drummond is scheduled to give a talk entitled, “A brewer, a sommelier, and a wheel of cheese roll into a bar;” and Cass Enright, president of Ontario’s The Bar Towel and host of the Golden Tap Awards is slated to give a special presentation. Attendees can also meet the Beau’s brewers and enjoy a panel discussing the relationship between indie music and indie beer.

Bavarian and seasonally inspired food will be prominent and plentiful at this year’s event. Participating restaurants include John Taylor’s Genuine, Knox Fine Dining, Ballygiblins, Swiss Pastries, Bridgehead, Piggy Market and Cheshire Cat.

Beau’s All Natural will be unveiling 8 different brews, available on tap at the festival. Beau’s fans will
enjoy the flagship Lug Tread and NightMärzen fall seasonal, and also get to try out six beers created exclusively for Oktoberfest 2011: Two-Weeks’ Notice, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Smokin’ Banana Peel, Weis o’ Lantern and Le Sacré. In addition to these, more than 30 one-off cask ales from Ontario and Quebec craft breweries such as Dieu Du Ciel, Flying Monkeys, Benelux and Clocktower will be available.

This is the third edition of Beau’s increasingly popular Oktoberfest, which this year is aiming 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.

Over the course of the 3 days Oktoberfest attendees will triple the population of Vankleek
Hill. Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne says, “I’m so excited to bring so many people into my little town. This is going to be a really really good time.” More information is available at www.beaus.ca/oktoberfest, or by calling the brewery at 1-866-585-BEER (2337).

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