(VANKLEEK HILL – July 25, 2016) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Beau’s Brewery is kicking off single-day ticket sales today for the 8th annual Beau’s Oktoberfest, a two-day fall festival of craft beer and Bavarian culture held in Vankleek Hill, the small village where the local craft brewery is located. Last year’s event attracted nearly 19,000 festival goers over two days, with a sell-out crowd on Saturday.
Set for September 23rd and 24th, this year’s mainstage lineup will feature iconic Canadian rockers 54•40 and Toronto indie musicians Born Ruffians on Friday, and 2016 Juno nominee k-os and Vancouver singer/songwriter Hannah Georgas on Saturday. Additional entertainment includes Fast Romantics, Motel Raphaël, and Gazoline. Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostenek and his accordion will be back again to supply traditional German music during the day. The Black Forest stage will run daytime as well, featuring indie folk and punk music.
The 2016 edition of Oktoberfest will have the biggest craft beer line-up in festival history, with 16 different Beau’s beers flowing on tap at bars set up throughout the festival grounds, and more than 40 guest breweries supplying a keg of their finest in the Craft Haus area. Gluten-free beer and craft cider will also be available. 28 Ontario and Québec restaurants will be on hand to serve up a vast selection of Bavarian-inspired cuisine.
As in previous years, round trip bus transportation is available from Montréal, Ottawa, and Cornwall – this year guests can also choose to upgrade to coach buses for an additional fee. Camping space has been expanded for this year, and in addition to onsite food options, the camp area will show an outdoor movie on Friday and Saturday nights. Camping space is limited and must be pre-registered. Tickets are also now on sale for School of Bock sessions, a series of seminars exploring the world of craft beer with guest speakers and brewers. Sign-up is open for select onsite activities too (malt sack races, sausage eating, and partner-carrying).
Oktoberfest is Beau’s signature fundraising event, and this year total dollars raised is expected to top half a million dollars. On that theme, registration is underway for the United Way Charity Bike Ride to Beau’s Oktoberfest. Riders receive a custom Beau’s cycling jersey and free bus transportation back to their departure location (Ottawa, Bourget or Cornwall), with additional perks to top fundraisers. New for 2016 is Gigs4Good, a contest that gets bands to fundraise for Ottawa- and Montréal-based charities with a top prize of three paid gigs in 2017: Pouzza Fest, Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and Beau’s Oktoberfest Black Forest Stage.
Adult admission to the festival is $32; 2-day passes are $45, and kids passes (18 and under) are $5. The ticket includes a voucher for your first beer or other beverage, and the first 2,000 people through the gate each day will receive a souvenir alpine hat. Single-day tickets, weekend passes and all add-ons and registrations can be accessed at the Beau’s Oktoberfest website: beausoktoberfest.ca. As in previous years, Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so would-be festival-goers are encouraged to buy early to avoid disappointment.