FEATURE: Oktoberfest Ottawa 2013 – Founder/President Dwight Brown

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Breweries in Ottawa are busy brewing and stocking up beer for this year's Oktoberfest season.  In Ottawa you have your choice of three festivals – Oktoberfest Ottawa, Beau's Oktoberfest (in Vankleek Hill) and the much smaller Carp Oktoberfest.  In the spirit of the original 16-day festival in Munich you could attend all three, but you may prefer to save your Lederhosen and Dirndls for one event.

We spoke to Oktoberfest Ottawa's Dwight Brown for the inside scoop on the Barrhaven beer festival and why this year is bigger and better than ever.

Ottawa Beer Events: Since the first Oktoberfest Ottawa festival five years ago, how has it changed?
 
Dwight Brown: Our
event has changed greatly.  Five years ago it was a fundraising dinner,
just one night with 300 people attending. We moved to a 3 day festival
format in 2011 and had 2,000 people.  Last
year moving to Barrhaven at our permanent site at Clark Fields Park we
had 6,000 attendees.  Based on the numbers, being in the same place as
last year and the positive feedback
from our surveys, we expect to have an even greater crowd back in 2013.
We have also moved from having 7-8 entertainers to over 20 bands
playing in three stages in our 80 foot by 130 foot by three story high tents and our main stage over the three days.

 

What are some of the special highlights for this year’s festival?
 
This
year we have 3X of everything:  Three big tents, heated and able to
accommodate the thousands of patrons rain or shine.  We have three
headliners, Friday we have Barrhaven’s Amanda Rheaume, Saturday right from Manotick Hollerado, and Sunday we have Ottawa’s Brothers Dubé and
of course we have three craft beer companies, all local brewers brining
3 speciality beers (nine total) to bring to the Oktoberfest Ottawa
Festival.

 

How many beers will be available?  Any special Oktoberfest-only brews?
 
We
have Big Rig, HogsBack and Broadhead Beer, all local craft brewers
making one special Oktoberfest Ottawa beer each to go along with 2 of
their current great selections.  These
seasonal brews are very popular and the success of last year required
us to seek out additional local craft brewers.  There will be plenty of
selection for everyone! 
In addition we will have
Waupoos Cider and Fuzion white and red wine for those who prefer the
refreshments other than beer. We have 8 food vendors all with a
signature Bavarian dish to go along with regular festival fare so no one should go thirsty or hungry at Oktoberfest Ottawa.
 
Is Oktoberfest Ottawa kid friendly?
 
Absolutely! 
In fact kids 16 and under are free anytime and on Sunday it is Family
Day, the whole family gets in for just $10.  On Sunday we have
entertainment geared towards adults
as well as kids and have several performers and activities like Pokémon
and Beyblades tournament,  Little Ray’s Reptiles and Junkyard Symphony
to keep the kids at the festival excited and engaged! 
 
How can festival attendees get the best Oktoberfest experience?
 
To get the best Oktoberfest Ottawa experience come often, come early and participate!  We have great promotional offers at http://www.OktoberestOttawa.com/tickets to save you money
as opposed to paying at the gate.  We will have our FESTIVAL GUIDE
insert going out to 149,000 EMC papers in the third week of September
from the West End of Ottawa up into the Valley and available FREE when you walk into the festival grounds.  Also our Oktoberfest Ottawa mobile APP is FREE – just text  ‘OTTO’ to 84748 and all iPhone and Android phones can get the information on band times, activities and contests right at their fingertips.

 

For more information on Oktoberfest Ottawa you can follow them on Twitter (@OktoberfestOTT) or Facebook (Oktoberfest Ottawa).  Tickets can be purchased online on the Oktoberfest Ottawa website.

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