Beau’s Oktoberfest in VANKLEEK HILL Ontario – September 28-30th

Photo courtesy of Rebecca Sorrell & her cat Dash – please don’t drink and Meow!
CFN–  Tickets went on sale today for Beau’s Oktoberfest 2012, and the first 1,000 passes sold come with a unique gift: a CD sampler of the bands who will perform at this year’s event. Oktoberfest is the signature fundraising event for Beau’s All Natural Brewery, and takes place Friday Sept. 28, Saturday Sept. 29, and Sunday Sept. 30 at the Fairgrounds in Vankleek Hill, Ont. Beau’s Oktoberfest is a three-day Bavarian-themed celebration of craft beer, local food and independent musicians.
This year’s fundraising benefits local charities Operation Come Home, JustFood, and the Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society. To help further boost the Oktoberfest funds raised this year, Beau’s has enlisted local sponsors Desjardins Caisse Populaire Nouvel-Horizon, Harden Group, and Theoret Martel Proudfoot Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Gates open Friday at 4 pm, and hours are as follows: Friday 4-11, Saturday 11-9, and Sunday 11-6. Live Bavarian music and dancing will take place throughout the day, as well as performances from:

  • FRIDAY: Hollerado, Elliott Brood, Change of Heart, The Flaps
  • SATURDAY: Plants & Animals, Ron Hawkins and the Do Good Assassins, Carolyn Mark, Terry Gillespie
  • SUNDAY: Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostenak (during the day)

As in previous years, adult Oktoberfest revelers will be able to compete over the three days in fun challenges of strength and endurance, including the “Stein-Hold Struggle,” a spouse-carrying race, sausage eating contest, malt-sack races and beer keg toss. Families with children will find a variety of entertainment and activities for young ones in Kinderfest, a non-licensed area within the festival grounds.

And New for 2012:

  • Beer-filled dunk tank! Brr! Dunk friends and familiar faces in a vat of cold, cold beer
  • Games Midway: Beau’s versions of Plinko, Giant Bottle Toss, and more

Foodie alert: Bavarian and seasonally inspired food will be once again prominent and plentiful at this year’s event, with more than 20 local restaurants serving up new, unique creations including:

  • Wellington Gastropub’s Kimchi Meatball sandwich on a Pretzel Bun
  • Barley Mow’s Perogy Poutine
  • Hintonberg Public House’s Bacon-stuffed Pretzels
  • Foolish Chicken’s Black Forest Cheesecake
  • Murray Street’s Meat Cone with Spatzle

To complement the cuisine, Beau’s has promised 6 brand-new beers for this year’s festival, and will announce the beer names and styles during National Capital Beer Week in Ottawa (next week). For beer-nerds and those in-training, the Oktoberfest Beer School will host internationally acclaimed brewers, beer experts and aficionados, including Brewmaster Anders Kissmeyer (Denmark) who has been brewing collaboratively with Beau’s for nearly a year, and Brewing Historian Ron Pattison, (Netherlands) who is helping Beau’s recreate an historic ale for this year’s Oktoberfest. And Volo Cask Days returns featuring a variety of Real Ales from Ontario and Quebec.

Single-day passes for Oktoberfest 2012 are $18 including GST, or one can save $9 on daily admission by purchasing a 3-day pass for $45. Round trip bus transportation from Ottawa can be added to any daily ticket for an additional $15. Each ticket also entitles bearers to a free parking, a souvenir alpine hat, pretzel, and first beverage (beer, coffee, pop or water). Note that drink tokens can be purchased in advance, a great way to avoid lineups on festival day. Tickets and more details are at Saturday tickets have sold out the last 3 years and attendance is growing each year, so advance ticket purchase is recommended.

Beau’s is currently looking for Oktoberfest “Volunbeers” who will get a free 3-day pass to the festival in exchange for helping out for one half-day shift. Volunbeers also get a Beau’s Volunbeer hat to keep, admission to the exclusive Volunbeers party, and free transportation from Ottawa if required, as well as the pretzel, drink token and alpine hat. Information about Volunbeering can be found at


Last Year’s Beau’s Oktoberfest “By the Numbers”

Attendance: 12,000

¼ lb. Sausages Eaten During Sausage-Eating Contest: 17

Glasses of Beer Served: 38,324

Volunteers who traded help for free passes: 219

School buses bringing folks to and from Ottawa: 67

Dollars raised for charity: $60,265


BEAU’S All Natural Brewing is a small, family-run company founded in 2006. BEAU’S brews interesting, tasty beers using the highest-quality organic ingredients, and local spring water. A member of the Ontario Craft Brewers, BEAU’S is a recipient of numerous international awards for brewing excellence, including a GOLD medal at Mondial de la Biere in Strasbourg, France, two GOLD medals at the Canadian Brewing Awards, as well as “Best Craft Brewery in Ontario” and “Best Craft Beer in Ontario” at the 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 & 2007 Golden Tap Awards. BEAU’S was also chosen by CAFE as the 2010 Canadian Family Enterprise of the Year. BEAU’S signature fundraising event, Oktoberfest, was selected as a 2011 finalist for Best Ontario Culinary Tourism Experience. BEAU’S flagship and seasonal beers are available at LCBO locations throughout Eastern Ontario, as well as Hamilton, the GTA, Kitchener-Waterloo, Barrie/Collingwood, and everywhere in between. BEAU’s entire line of beer is certified organic by Pro-Cert Organic Systems Ltd.

CFN  loves Beau’s!   They were critical with their help and support (not to mention their kind donation of cold suds on a hot day during the installation of Beaver devices at Guindon Park in Cornwall Ontario.

Beau’s is also Green!   I spoke to founder Steve Beauchesne about their Green initiative below.   See you at Octoberfest in Vankleek Hill Ontario!

Here we review Beau’s Beaver River beer after a fierce day in the sun!

For more on Beau’s you can visit their website by clicking HERE!

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  1. These guys are really doing a great job for themselves, their community and us, the people who enjoy the product. Although the FestivALE was a touch bitter for me but am still proud to be a Lug Tread drinker.

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