Break out the lederhosen. Oktoberfest is back at London’s Western Fair District for a third year.
Londoners will gather Friday and Saturday in the District’s “Festhalle,” otherwise known as the Carousel Room, to celebrate Bavarian heritage, complete with authentic food, drinks, games, music and dancing.
“The word that we like to use is gemütlichkeit, which basically talks of the cheer, camaraderie, having a great time celebrating the German heritage with food, drinks, games, cheers, songs, dances, and lots of fun, in a nice social gathering,” said Rob Lumsden, Oktoberfest show manager.
“It really is what I like to call a participatory atmosphere, so the more you put into it, the more you’re going to get out.”
Festival-goers are encouraged to check out the souvenirs and different items they can wear. Everything from drindls, to lederhosen, to hats and feathers will be available.
Of course, we can’t forget about the dancing.
“You’re going to get to participate in the chicken dance and various other authentic dances with a group actually from the Aylmer German Club, they’ll be coming on site demonstrating the dances and then we’re going to be assisting some folks that’ll be helping teach how to actually polka dance. You can also enjoy the entertainment and band, the Polka Maestre, who will be on the stage as well.”
The two-day festival runs in partnership with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest.
Limited tickets are available. Tickets can be purchased online for $8 here or at the door for $10.