The Oktoberfest is a world-renowned beer festival and is organized annually in mid-October in several cities around the world. This traditional German feast began in 1872 in Munich and since then, the traditional opening ceremony is initiated at noon on the first Saturday after September 15th and only ends two weeks later, on the first Sunday of October. In addition to beer, this Festival also shares a bit of German culture through traditional cuisine and music.
My husband and I do not appreciate much beer, but we wanted to go on an Oktoberfest, after all this event is quite traditional throughout the world.
This year, the Toronto Oktoberfest took place on 26, 27 and 28 September and on the site there were individual tickets for CAD $20.00 and tickets for a group of 10 people per CAD $200.00 which included the reservation of a table.
We went to the first day of the event, which took place on Thursday night. The place was full, but not crowded and people were super excited about the songs.
The event took place in a tent that was mounted in the parking lot of the Ontario Place, and there were about 4 stalls with some typical foods (which I found little) and some of these still offered options of Canadian/American dishes. The average price of the dishes was between 7 and 12 dollars each.
I decided to prove something that was as typical as possible, so I chose a shredded beef accompanied by sauerkraut (a recipe for fermented cabbage) and my husband tasted a hot dog with German sausage. We love it!
In addition to the food, there was a larger tent only of the Erdinger beer, a German brand. There you were 5 varieties of beer, being that the main was the Oktoberfestbeer that was produced especially for the event. Each beer costs CAD $9.00.
In addition to the food, some musical groups presented themselves on stage, where in some moments there were also sweepstakes and Gincanes. The groups were great and the songs were super animated, the only thing that messed up was the extremely loud sound.
As only the two of us would go to the event, we acquired individual tickets and these did not give us the right to sit at the tables, which were reserved exclusively for group tickets of 10 people. With that, we had to eat at one of the tables that stayed outside the tent. Which wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t the common cold this time of year. As the food I chose couldn’t eat standing up and at the same time hold my beer, we ended up in the cold anyway.
In the end, we like a lot of Oktoberfest beer, we love the music performances and the animation of the people, but overall I found the event very simple and without much immersion in Germany culture. I imagined that they would have more food options, more beer options to taste.
On the site there are images of several people characterized with typical clothes, however at the party most of the employees were not characterized (not even the band) and the few people who were wearing typical clothes, were the public itself. Another point is that the event seems to be focused on receiving only large groups of visitors and not small groups (with fewer than 10 people), doubles (as our case) or individuals.
At least here in Toronto, I sincerely do not recommend going to the event, because I thought there was nothing too much and so it was not worth it.
Have you ever visited the Oktoberfest somewhere in the world? If so, tell me which city.