Tone: Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi hoi hoi! Raise a pint — or four! What started as a few picnic tables on the brewery’s front lawn has grown into a can’t-miss fall event attracting 20,000 visitors annually for craft beer (with a focus on German styles), independent Canadian music and Bavarian-inspired food from top local restaurants.
I Spy: Beau’s popular Farm Table: Marzen Oktoberfest lager will return for the party. Beau’s new Oktoberfest mix pack, which includes a Vienna-style lager, a ginger hopfenweisse, a Baltic porter, and a spiced beer called a mumme. The specialty brews will be available at Oktoberfest and the LCBO.
True Colours: Come for the beers, stay for the music. A prost-worthy lineup includes 54-40 with Born Ruffians (Friday), and K-os with Hannah Georges (Saturday). Bus transportation from Ottawa, Montreal and Cornwall is available (tickets must be purchased in advance). Camping space exists for weekend pass holders. Wearing lederhosen is optional.
Top left: Steve Beauchesne takes part in the Oktoberfest parade Above (clockwise): Live music plays on two stages; lederhosen is optional; try beer from 50 other national and international craft breweries.