Big names at Ok­to­ber­fest

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens -

Joel Plas­kett and Sloan are among the big names per­form­ing at Beau’s Ok­to­ber­fest, which cel­e­brates its tenth an­niver­sary Septem­ber 21 and 22 at the Van­kleek Hill fair­grounds.

East Coast rocker Joel Plas­kett and his band The Emer­gency will be head­lin­ing Septem­ber 21, while Cana­dian power pop leg­ends Sloan will take to the stage Septem­ber 22.

Sup­port­ing acts in­clude Weaves, The Flat­lin­ers, Fred Pen­ner, Dub­ma­tique, The King­pins, and Wolf Saga. The main­stage will be hosted by Jeremy Tag­gart and Jonathan Tor­rens, and will fea­ture day­time en­ter­tain­ment from Canada’s Polka King Wal­ter Os­tanek.

More than 15 ad­di­tional bands will en­ter­tain on the Black For­est Stage, head­lined by punk band Cancer Bats.

The mu­si­cal line-up is once again made up of all Cana­dian acts.

Or­ga­nized by Beau’s All Nat­u­ral Brew­ery, last year’s fes­ti­val at­tracted 20,000 over two days, and raised $100,205 for char­ity and lo­cal com­mu­nity groups. Since 2009, the fes­ti­val has gen­er­ated $616,889 in funds for good causes.

This year’s edi­tion will once again have all the com­po­nents for a great time: a vast se­lec­tion of Bavar­ian-in­spired cui­sine from lo­cal res­tau­rants, more than 65 dif­fer­ent beers to try (15 brewed by Beau’s), an ac­tiv­i­ties area with keg toss, sausage eat­ing, and other games, a Kin­der­fest area for kids, a Beau’s themed mid­way with prizes, and a Fer­ris wheel.

The beer-cu­ri­ous can sign up for “School of Bock” classes to learn more about pair­ing food with beer, brew­ing, and all things craft beer.

Round-trip bus trans­porta­tion will once again be avail­able from Mon­tréal, Ot­tawa, and Corn­wall; Ot­tawa fes­ti­val-go­ers can also sign up for a United Way fundraiser bike ride to the fes­ti­val grounds.

“Beer tastes bet­ter when you can feel good about drink­ing it,” as­serts Beau’s Brew­ing Co. co­founder and CEO Steve Beauch­esne, re­fer­ring to the large sums of money the event raises for char­i­ties.

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