Big names at Oktoberfest
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.