Waterloo Region Rolls out the Barrel for Oktoberfest Crowd

WATERLOO REGION, Ont. – Daylight’s getting shorter, the nights are getting crisper and the trees are starting to show their true colours, which can mean only one thing — it’s that time of year when Waterloo Region goes a little Bavarian on us. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the largest festival of its kind in North America, is getting ready to welcome thousands of visitors from October 11 to 19, looking to make the most of fall by enjoying a taste of traditional German cuisine and entertainment.


“This festival has been getting better each year since it began 44 years ago,” says Minto Schneider, General Manager of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation. “The entertainment, the food and the family-oriented activities are absolutely first class.”

Highlights of this year’s Oktoberfest celebration include:

· More than 40 family and cultural events

· The five-kilometre long Thanksgiving Day Parade with more than 100 floats and bands, which typically draws a crowd of more than 150,000

· OktoberFEAST, featuring more than 120 gourmet food trucks on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 in the Waterloo Public Square in UpTown Waterloo.

· The Kitchener Willkommen Platz — a “Bavarian Village” in downtown Kitchener with free live entertainment on the Children’s Stage, activities, excellent food and beverages, information, souvenirs and a Bier Garten. The Platz is open daily through the festival.

· Eighteen “Festhallen,” where the core of activities and festivities can be found, such as offering award-winning oompah bands, Bavarian dancers, and of course, mouth watering cuisine. These Bavarian decorated buildings or tents have a capacity from 250 to 3,400 people. Festhallen are hosted at Kitchener-Waterloo’s five German clubs and several other interesting locations, such as Bingemans and Chicopee Ski and Summer Resort.

“The festive spirit of Oktoberfest is incredibly contagious. It’s hard not to enjoy yourself and have a great time when you’re surrounded by oompah music, amazing food and a great crowd of people who’ve come out to celebrate together,” says Schneider.

You can learn more about Oktoberfest 2013 at oktoberfest.ca. To find out more about the Waterloo Region, please visit www.ExploreWaterlooRegion.com

About the Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region is a unique area where unspoiled nature, booming high-tech industry, world-class arts and culture, bustling urban centres, renowned academic institutions, mouth-watering cuisine, and sports and leisure facilities collide! Comprised of the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich (Home of St. Jacobs Country), Waterloo Region is located just one hour west of Toronto.

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