Do you enjoy a good beer every once in awhile? Then surely you are already well aware of Oktoberfest! Brew lovers all across the world gather each year around the end of September and into the early parts of October to celebrate this tradition, born in Munich, Germany.
Didyaknow?2014 marks 204 years of Oktoberfest, which was started in 1810 to honor the Bavarian Crown Price Ludwig's marriage. 1.8 million gallons of beer are consumed by over 6 million people who attend Oktoberfest each year in Munich alone.
Since attending the worlds largest and strongest Oktoberfest celebration in Munich Germany may not be completely do-able for a lot of Torontonians we did some digging to find some events happening in and around the city that are worth checking out! Prost!
Oktoberfest at the Amsterdam BrewHaüs
Where: Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queens Quay W
When: Thursday October 2nd- Saturday October 4th
Featuring an 8pm keg tap on all three days, the celebrations will not be lacking at Amsterdam BrewHouse. Admission is free and party-goers can enjoy a German-inspired menu, a Oom-pah-pah band and the real brilliance? Everyone gets to take home a souvenir stein! You can also take advantage of being at the Brewhouse and take a tour of their brewery. Call to reserve at 416-504-1020.
Where: Ontario Place east parking lot, 909 Lake Shore Blvd. West.
When: Friday October 3rd and Saturday October 4th
The third annual Toronto Oktoberfest takes place in a huge, 30,000 square foot Festhalle-style tent put together in the parking lot of Ontario Place. Toronto Oktoberfest refer to themselves as the most authentic oktoberfest celebration happening in the city and offer traditions started in Munich Germany over 200 years ago, including polka dancing, Bavarian strongman competition and of course, beer!
OKTOBERFEST at Bier Markt
Where: Bier Markt, 58 The Esplanade & Square One Mississauga location
When: Saturday October 4th at 8PM
All Ontario Bier Markt locations host an OKTOBERFEST party on Saturday night beginning at 8PM. There will be live music and guests can enjoy a pint of Paulaner Helles from Bavaria at only $6 or a stein for only $10. If you're hungry, choose from Bavarian-inspired fare such as spaetzle soup, a wurst board and if you give 48 hours advance notice you can feast on a whole roasted pig! Woah! On top of free pretzels and prizes, there will also be live music and it's free cover!
Gabby's Limited Time Oktoberfest Menu
Where: 309 King St W
When: Beginning October 1st
Starting on October 1st bite into the Gabby's featured Oktoberfest menu including Warm German Pretzel, Drunken Bratwurst, and Jagerschnitzel. In addition Gabby's is running a contest where they are giving away $25 Gift cards for the best Oktoberfest Stein selfie! Use the hashtag #bigsteinselfie and they will be choosing winners each week in October.
Oktoberfest at the Mill Street Beer Hall
Where: Distillery District, 21 Tank House Ln.
When: Saturday October 4th
Mill Street Beer Hall is always a great place for an Oktoberfest party since it is a literal beer hall. As per usual, Mill Street will have tons of beer on tap for the event, including a couple seasonal ones (Father John's, Frambozen, etc). There will also be Bavarian food and live entertainment. Tickets are $25 or get together with some buddies and pay the $200 for a table of 10!
Where: 18 King St. E
When: October 1st to October 31st
The name says it all, Beer Bistro specializes in large consumptions of Beer but the food is anything but lacking at this pub. Beer Bistro is hosting a featured Oktoberfest menu until the end of the month. Stop by following any Oktoberfest daytime festivities and grab some of their to die for perogies and lots and lots of beer.
Where: Varying location across K-W area
When: Friday October 10th to Saturday October 18th
Second only to the original Oktoberfest held annually in Munich, Germany, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is one of the worlds largest Oktoberfest celebrations. In its 45th year, the heavily sponsored and supported event takes place over a full week and in close to 15 different locations across the Kitchener-Waterloo area. There will be food trucks, a Miss Oktoberfest crowning and much much more.
Oktoberfest Fionn MacCool's Oakville
Where: 350 Dundas St. E
When: October 9th - 11th
Visit the Oakville pub to celebrate Oktoberfest the Irish way, not exactly sure what that means or entails but we do know there will be German Pilsner! Live music and complimentary German fare will up your bavarian spirit and since it falls on the weekend after a lot of the other Oktoberfest festivities you can make the trip out to the GTA for even more Oktoberfest fun!
Brewer's Backyard- Torontoberfest
Where: Evergreen Brick Words, 550 Bayview Ave
When: Thanksgiving Monday, October 13th
Before you sit down for Thanksigiving dinner with your family build up your liquid courage/capability to handle family gatherinngs with a few drinks at the last Brewer's Backyard of the season. Happening between 11am and 4pm with free admission enjoy a pint or six from some of your favourite breweries, including, Beau's and Black Oak.
Where: 609 King St W
When: Always :)
While maybe not necessarily an oktoberfest event, there will be traditional currywvrst, pheasant and kangaroo, huh? Wvrst is a sausage lovers dream said to be inspired by the beer halls of Munich. So following any Oktoberfest activities opt not for street meat but for WVRST instead, they also have a top-notch beer list!
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
When: October 16th, 5PM to 11PM
For $25 you can indulge in some beer from some of Toronto's craft brewers, food from some of your favourite Toronto restaurants and food trucks including a personal favourite, Gourmet Gringos. OktoberFEAST will also feature live music from homegrown talent.
** Vankleek Hill, ON **
Where: Vankeel Hill Fairgrounds, 92 Main St W
When: October 3rd and 4th
Okay, so maybe Vankleek Hill is a bit outside of the realm of where you were willing to travel and we already told you why you should consider it as a fun fall road trip but to put it plainly, Beau's Oktoberfest is worth the drive! Arguably one of the top beer events to take place in Ontario they have also enlisted some great performances for this years festivities including Tokyo Police Club and The Strumbellas. Do not miss Beau’s Oktoberfest happening October 4 and 5 for your chance to indulge in 13 different types of Beau’s beers and cider while taking in some live music. $22 and a little carpool fun, C' monnnn!
Mariposa Oktoberfest Cruise
Where: Cruise leaves from Pier 6, intersection of Queen's Quay and York St.
When: Saturday October 4th, boards at 6:30pm
Guaranteed to be wunderbar! this Oktoberfest dinner cruise boards at 6:30PM and cruises from 7PM to 10:30PM. The menu will include all kinds of oktoberfest favourites, including hanchen schnitzel (aka chicken.) Nothing like cruising alongside the Toronto skyline on even a regular day so this will definitely be a great time!
Photo cred – Rupert Aquino