Let’s not try to fight the stereotype; there’s no denying that Canadians love beer. A huge part of Oktoberfest is celebrating this ancient beverage. Germany claims to be one of the greatest producers of beer in the world and their record leaves little room for doubt. Their doctrine for beer crafting is one of tradition, quality and variety. Oktoberfest Toronto offers an impressive list of German and European beers for you to sample in order to put this theory to the test. Bavarian favorites like Beck’s and Erdinger are sure to be among the more popular draught options while those with a more animated palate for beer will be able to sample the many other, unpronounceable selections. If it comes in a stein, you know it’s good.
Authentic Bavarian staples like sauerkraut, schnitzel and sausages, or bratwurst if German is your native language, will be a big feature on the Oktoberfest menu. Other food options include grilled corn on the cob, beef or pork wieners on a pretzel bun and spaetzli, which is a delicious German cheese dumpling dish. The Currywurst Poutine with smoked ham puts a Canadian spin on the festivities. To counteract the copious amount of sodium you’ll be ingesting, try a mouthwatering Lindt chocolate dipped artisan pretzel for dessert.
If watching people frolic around in lederhosen and dirndls is not entertaining enough, The George Kash Oktoberfest Express Band certainly will be. Kash, the self-proclaimed “Mr. Oktoberfest,” epitomizes the festival experience through his engaging audience banter and hysterical musical performance. A new addition to Toronto’s Oktoberfest experience this year is the inclusion of an outdoor authentic Bavarian Village, complete with traditional games, rides and activities. If you are feeling inspired, or if the German beer has given you a bit of a confidence boost, try your hand at the German Polka by participating in the So You Think You Can Tanz contest. Or, if you simply wish to be a spectator, sit back and watch local dancers perform traditional Bavarian folk dancing.
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By Maya Shankman