VANKLEEK HILL – (Aug. 6, 2015) Tickets go on sale at 10 am today for the 7th annual Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest, presented by Beau’s Brewery. The popular two-day Bavarian culture celebration and signature fundraising event will take place Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3, at the fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Last year’s event hosted more than 19, 000 festival-goers over the two days, and raised $106, 000 for local community groups and a number of charities.
“We work year-round on planning Oktoberfest, so when this time of year rolls around we get pretty excited about opening the gates, ” says Beau’s co-founder Steve Beauchesne. “Last year we expanded the festival footprint significantly, and it just gave all the fun a bit more room to breathe. People loved how they could totally personalize their Oktoberfest experience, and yet how it still totally gels at the same time, ” he adds.
Friday’s music line up is headlined by Yukon Blonde in a roster that also includes The Dears, The Pack A.D. and The Elwins. Indie pop act Alvvays will perform in the headliner slot Saturday evening, following performances from musical guests F****d Up and The Beaches. Walter Ostanek returns to delight with his traditional Bavarian music both Friday and Saturday during the daytime. A second music stage dubbed “Black Forest” will also run during the day, with Powernap headlining Friday, and The Flatliners headlining Saturday. Canadian comedian and actor Tom Green will be performing for the Oktoberfest crowd.
Other festival highlights include:
- A total of 14 Beau’s beers on tap, including 5 brand-new beers
- 28 local restaurants bringing their best Bavarian and seasonally-inspired cuisine
- “Craft Haus” tent with beers from 40+ different local craft breweries
- Activities: Keg toss, sausage-eating contest, malt sack races, partner-carrying race, and more
- United Way’s Charity Bike Ride from Ottawa – (Bus ride back for rider and bike!)
- Members of Barleyment Homebrew competition
- Custom, hand-built midway with Beau’s themed games and prizes
- Kinderfest: a non-licensed family area with activities and entertainment
- Skateboarding demo area
- School of Bock tastings and beer education sessions with beer & food experts
- Traditional German dancing and entertainment during the day
- Shuttle from fairgrounds to Beau’s brewery for free tours and tastings
This year the VKH Oktoberfest will raise money to support the Canadian Cancer Society and the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital Foundation, as well as the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society, 100% Actifs, For Pivot’s Sake, Hidden Harvest, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa Skateboard Community Association, Sasha’s Park, and United Way’s All That Kids Can Be. With the $106, 000 raised in 2014, Beau’s Brewery brought their six-year Oktoberfest fundraising total to $348, 000.
Adult admission to the festival is $27 taxes in; 2-day passes are $39.50, 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. As in previous years round-trip bus transportation is available from Ottawa, Cornwall and Montreal, at a cost of $15 per day. Tickets are available now for purchase online today, starting at 10 am, at www.beausoktoberfest.ca.
More information about VKH Oktoberfest, including Line Up and Schedule, Activities, FAQ, and details on how to “volunbeer” is now posted at with updates to come leading up to the fest. Beau’s gratefully acknowledges the support of Oktoberfest sponsors Champlain Township, Trophy Hill, Hunter’s Plumbing, Theoret & Martel, and BSG Canada.
- Last Year’s Vankleek Hill Oktoberfest – By the Numbers
- Funds raised: $106, 000
- 2014 attendance: 19, 288
- Kegs of beer onsite: 710
- Portions of food prepared: 45, 000
- Beers entered in Homebrew Competition: 407
- Number of festival volunteers: 510
- Total artists/performers: 109
- Keg-toss event participants: 300
- Dollars spent on local suppliers and services to stage the festival: $350, 000
- Number of dishes washed to reduce waste: 40, 000