“Once upon a time, long long ago in a far away land known as Bavaria, a Crown Prince, who later became King Ludgwig I, married the beautiful princess Therese Von Sachesen-Hildenburghausen”. On October 17th, 1810, marked the beginning of Oktoberfest...
It’s that time of year again folks! 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has evolved into a much larger festival since the early days in 1969 in Waterloo Region. In fact, it is the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Munich, Germany. Bragging rights for us! As you may already know, Kitchener Waterloo and surrounding cities have a long history of German roots. Kitchener was named Berlin before it became Kitchener and many of the Canadians of German ethnicity have maintained a strong presence in the City. Our community takes pride in maintaining its traditions. Oktoberfest is held every October, starting on the Friday before Thanksgiving and running until the Saturday after. The nine-day Oktoberfest festival attracts over 700,000 attendees from all over the world and continues to grow each year.
One of the greatest things that Oktoberfest has brought is its added contribution to the social, economic, and cultural strength we see in the Waterloo Region. With the support of more than 70 not-for-profit organizations who have helped to raise a total of $1.5 million each year through their partnership with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, Oktoberfest is a time to be kind and accept all cultures!
While it is best known for its beer based celebrations, other Bavarian cultural and entertainment attractions also fill the week with events for everyone to enjoy. It’s all about friends, family, and having a great time with good music and food. That’s what the Oktoberfest experience is all about. It’s called “Gemuetlichkeit” and essentially means “good cheer”. There are many ways to take in the Oktoberfest experience during the festival. There is something for everyone!
And of course, always be thankful. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, everyone!
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