Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The Famous German Oktoberfest in Kitchener
Last year we attended the yearly October Festival..called Oktoberfest....in Kitchener. Kitchener is in the Waterloo Region, about 116 km from Toronto. The drive took us about one and a half hours as we took the scenic route and not the main highways.
We saw the newspaper ads for the Festival this year, but could not make it there as we decided to see places that we hadn't seen before. I decided anyway to go back to the posts from last October to see what I had written about it...and guess what? I didn't!! Don't know what I was up to...but I dug out the photos that I had and put them up now. Better late than never right?? And it is still October!
The Festival is basically to showcase the Bavarian heritage. Their music, their food and costumes. There are shows that you can attend to find out about their culture and traditions.
From their website:
" Since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions, becoming the largest Bavarian festival in North America with the greatest Thanksgiving Day Parade in Canada. Thousands of visitors celebrate annually in our Festhallen, and by attending one or more of our 40 family and cultural events. Through the celebration of this Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit, the local economy is stimulated and over 70 charities and not-for-profit organizations raise funds to support the high quality of life enjoyed in Kitchener-Waterloo."
You can find out all the details of this wonderful festival at this website:
One more event to add to your calendar if you come in to Ontario. Just the Funnel Cake is worth the trip....trust me!
They also had one street dedicated to the showcasing of historic cars and a huge selection of eateries and fun for the kids. Take a look at the pictures below :)