Oktoberfest Archive

  • On Oct. 9 Spoke reporter Peter Swart attended the 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and former investor on the TV show Dragons’ Den, and Greta Podleski, chef and co-author of a number of cookbooks, were the grand marshalls for the parade. Thousands of people watched as  the parade wound along Weber Street, starting at Frederick Street in Kitchener and ending at Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. Below are some of...

    K-W Oktoberfest parade is wunderbar

    On Oct. 9 Spoke reporter Peter Swart attended the 2017 K-W Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Day Parade. David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and former investor on the TV show Dragons’ Den, and Greta Podleski, chef and co-author of a number of cookbooks, were the grand marshalls for the parade. Thousands of people watched as  the parade wound along Weber Street, starting at Frederick Street in Kitchener and ending at Bridgeport Road in Waterloo. Below are some of...

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  • BY JAMES WELLS You thought lifting all of that beer was going to be the hardest part about Oktoberfest? Try lifting hundreds of pounds of weight instead. The Bavarian Strongman Challenge has been an annual event for the past nine years at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest. Ten athletes from all over Ontario came to take part in the event for a chance to be dubbed the strongest man and win $1,000. According to the event promoter, John...

    Survival of the strongest

    BY JAMES WELLS You thought lifting all of that beer was going to be the hardest part about Oktoberfest? Try lifting hundreds of pounds of weight instead. The Bavarian Strongman Challenge has been an annual event for the past nine years at Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest. Ten athletes from all over Ontario came to take part in the event for a chance to be dubbed the strongest man and win $1,000. According to the event promoter, John...

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  • By NICOLE CLARK Kitchener-Waterloo had an estimated 150,000 people line its streets Oct. 10 for the 48th annual Oktoberfest parade. Forty-six floats and marching bands travelled the parade route that stretched approximately five kilometres. Miss Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda were some of the stars at the event. Another star in attendance for the opening weekend of K-W Oktoberfest was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; he was there to kick off the festival with the...

    Oktoberfest is ‘wunderbar’

    By NICOLE CLARK Kitchener-Waterloo had an estimated 150,000 people line its streets Oct. 10 for the 48th annual Oktoberfest parade. Forty-six floats and marching bands travelled the parade route that stretched approximately five kilometres. Miss Oktoberfest, Onkel Hans and Tante Frieda were some of the stars at the event. Another star in attendance for the opening weekend of K-W Oktoberfest was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; he was there to kick off the festival with the...

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  • BY CHRIS HUSSEY All eyes were on Kitchener when the Rogers Hometown Hockey series kicked off its second season this weekend. The two-day hockey celebration took place in downtown Kitchener on Oct. 10 and 11 to recognize the hockey community in this city. The live portion of the event, which started at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, featured a performance by the Barenaked Ladies. There were also interactive displays, alumni interacting with fans and plenty...

    Putting the hometown back in hockey

    BY CHRIS HUSSEY All eyes were on Kitchener when the Rogers Hometown Hockey series kicked off its second season this weekend. The two-day hockey celebration took place in downtown Kitchener on Oct. 10 and 11 to recognize the hockey community in this city. The live portion of the event, which started at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 11, featured a performance by the Barenaked Ladies. There were also interactive displays, alumni interacting with fans and plenty...

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  • BY LEAH MORROW It’s beer, bratwurst and Bavarian culture time as Kitchener-Waterloo gets ready to celebrate its 47th annual Oktoberfest. The official opening ceremonies will be held Oct. 9 at 11:15 a.m. outside Kitchener Civic Square. The event will be hosted by none other than Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the newly inaugurated president of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., Alfred Lorwick. Oktoberfest embodies and celebrates Kitchener-Waterloo’s German roots and the spirit of gemutlichkeit, which means warmth,...

    It’s keg-tapping time in the region

    BY LEAH MORROW It’s beer, bratwurst and Bavarian culture time as Kitchener-Waterloo gets ready to celebrate its 47th annual Oktoberfest. The official opening ceremonies will be held Oct. 9 at 11:15 a.m. outside Kitchener Civic Square. The event will be hosted by none other than Onkel Hans, Miss Oktoberfest and the newly inaugurated president of K-W Oktoberfest Inc., Alfred Lorwick. Oktoberfest embodies and celebrates Kitchener-Waterloo’s German roots and the spirit of gemutlichkeit, which means warmth,...

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  • BY HEATHER STANLEY The familiar chant “Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi” resounded across Kitchener’s City Square as the verse was recited by thousands of festival goers who attended the Oct. 10 opening ceremonies of this year’s Oktoberfest. Started in 1967 with a vote of confidence and $200, the festival has grown to be the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich, Germany. This year marked the 46th time it has been held....

    Thousands enjoy Oktoberfest

    BY HEATHER STANLEY The familiar chant “Zicke zacke, zicke zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi” resounded across Kitchener’s City Square as the verse was recited by thousands of festival goers who attended the Oct. 10 opening ceremonies of this year’s Oktoberfest. Started in 1967 with a vote of confidence and $200, the festival has grown to be the largest Oktoberfest in the world outside of Munich, Germany. This year marked the 46th time it has been held....

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