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Oktoberfest in The ByWard Market

With summer gone, are you missing the abundance of Ottawa’s festivals? One more is left before we all need to Winterize! Less than a week away, The ByWard Market is excitedly preparing for their 2nd Annual Oktoberfest and Volksmarch.

On Saturday, October 22nd 2011, the festive patrons of The ByWard Market will find themselves fully engaged. What is there to do this year?

Volksmarch – Oktoberfest Kick-Off in The ByWard Market

As early as 9am, participants of Volksmarch can enjoy a leisurely walk through The ByWard Market, stopping at various checkpoints. With your Volksmarch Passport, collected in front of Ottawa School of Art on George Street, you will be lead to a variety of local shops, from Aubrey’s Meats to Nest Toys. This is a brand new Walking Tour!
The route ends with the beginning of Oktoberfest at 11am, when Mayor Jim Watson will tap the first keg at the Cornerstone Bar & Grill.
EDIT Mayor Jim Watson will now tap the keg at 1230pm


Entertainment – Free on George Street

All those in the jolly spirit of Oktoberfest will enjoy the free entertainment on George Street. From music by The Liederhosers and Bavarian dancing by the Schuhplattlers to barrel racing and face painting The ByWard Market will be a place for all on October 22nd.

Food – ByWard Market EateriesOktoberfest family fun on Dalhousie in The ByWard Market and Vendors, as Recommended by Ottawa Foodies

Everyone will be out in full, delicious, forces this Saturday: The Chestnut man will be selling in front of Le Bottega; The Sausage Kitchen will be BBQing sausages made in-house; pretzel vendors will be strolling the streets.
If none of this appeals to your palette, do stop by your favourite ByWard Market eatery – Chances are they will have a special!

Drink – Pumpkin Beer in The ByWard Market

The Cornerstone Bar & Grill will be officially starting the celebration with Mayor Jim Watson at 11am on Saturday, October 22nd. After the keg is tapped, check out some of the other local participants. The Clocktower is serving in-house Pumpkin Brew, and Chateau Laffayeete has a Lederhosen contest. This Oktoberfest will not be short on fun in The ByWard Market pubs.


The ByWard Market has planned something for everyone – Whether you want to get your face painted with your family or experience a variety of specialty beers, be sure to find yourself in the ByWard Market on Saturday, October 22nd.

What is your favourite part of Oktoberfest? Let us know in the comments below!

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