Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

September 24, 2007 08:00 ET

Oktoberfest 2007 Ready to Roll Out the Barrels

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest ( is ready to roll out the barrels for this year's festival taking place October 5th-13th.

The "Spirit of Gemuetlichkeit" will be felt with the tapping of the first keg at Opening Ceremonies on Friday, October 5th at Kitchener's Civic Square at 11:30 a.m. EST with honoured guests and dignitaries. The tapping will mark the beginning of the 39th annual event, North America's Largest Bavarian Festival.

The Region of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is preparing for over 700,000 Festival-goers during the nine-day international event. The area's German-Canadian Clubs - "festhallen" - are preparing oompah music, apple strudel, sausage, schnitzel, and homemade cabbage rolls for the many visitors in their traditional Bavarian tracht.

As the famous Concordia Club puts up its massive tent, busy volunteers are building and repairing floats for Canada's largest and nationally televised Thanksgiving Day Parade, preparing new merchandise for the Oktoberfest retail store, and getting ready to greet guests from around the world.

Some of the many highlights to enjoy for all ages include helicopter rides, Oktoberfest idol, Dog-toberfest, Rocktoberfest, the Heritage Tourism Steam Train rides and a free family pancake breakfast.

Oktoberfest Media Tour visits are scheduled for Oct 1st - 4th throughout Southwestern Ontario. To have the Oktoberfest crew visit your media outlet, please contact Oktoberfest PR Chair Colleen Fitzpatrick at 519-590-9422.

For more information on the over 35 Oktoberfest cultural and family events, visit


- K-W Oktoberfest Retail Store - HANS HAUS, 17 Benton Street, Kitchener

- K-W Oktoberfest Parade Headquarters, 265 Lexington Crt, Waterloo
(Saturdays prior to the parade, please call for details)

- Oktoberfest mascot Onkel Hans on site to add the Kitchener-Waterloo
Oktoberfest flavour to your shoot (on request, advance notice required)

- Interviews with Oktoberfest's President, Mark Kreller;
Executive Director, Larry Blundell; or Marketing Board member Leslie
Hutcheson, please call the Oktoberfest office at +1-519.570.4267.

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada, twin cities with German heritage. Canada's Great Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 40 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by seven year-round full-time staff, over 400 volunteers and 1,300 community and service club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the economic boost the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, the second largest festival in Canada. Premier 2007 sponsors of the festival include Molson and VIA Rail.

17 Benton Street, Kitchener, ON N2G 3G9, Canada 519-570-HANS, 1-888-294-HANS (4267)


Canada's Great Bavarian Festival

Contact Information

  • Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc.
    Larry Blundell
    Executive Director
    (519) 570-4267 ext. 222
    Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Inc.
    Colleen Fitzpatrick
    PR Committee Chair
    (519) 590-9422