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Don your Lederhosen: Oktoberfest Celebrations


Watch Bavarian-style dancers at Octoberfest Toronto. Photo by Tom Pandi.

Since the first festival more than 200 years ago, Oktoberfest has become a popular celebration worldwide—and Toronto is no exception. Get your Bavarian fun fix at these three events.

  1. September 30 to October 1 For two days, Oktoberfest Toronto transforms the grounds of Ontario Place into a Munich-style party featuring folk dancers, non-stop polka music, plenty of food, and a selection of German and European beers. Visit torontooktoberfest.ca for more details. Festivities include a tapping of the keg party and an “Ein Prosit” party for the over 19 crowd. All ages will enjoy Saturday’s Volksfest Carnival, which features games, hat-decorating, rides, and contests.
  1. September 30 to October 9 With traditional beer hall decor, a keg-tapping ceremony, and “oom-pah-pah” bands, the party at Amsterdam BrewHouse strives to be as the close to the real thing as you can get outside of Deutschland. Enjoy your favourite sausages and soft pretzels, as well as a special beer brewed on site and served in one-litre steins. Make sure you show up early, as tickets are limited, and most of the seating is first-come first-serve.
  1. For a modern take on the German beer hall experience year-round, visit WVRST. There’s a wide selection of sausages—try the likes of bison, kangaroo and duck—paired with an even wider selection of local craft beers and ciders. —Karen Stevens


Hot Dining: Wvrst’s Must-Eat Meat

The spirit of Oktoberfest can now be enjoyed year-round on King Street West, courtesy of Wvrst. Pronounced “verst,” this modern beer hall-style space offers a casual atmosphere, communal tables and chef-owner Aldo Lanzillotta’s menu of artisanal sausages and fries. Eager eaters can choose from 18 different sausage options—including Italian with pork and Sicilian fennel ($6), vegetarian kielbasa ($7) and game meats like Guinea fowl or wild boar ($9)—served on a fresh roll or currywurst style. Be sure to add a serving of crisp, golden fries ($3.50 to $6.50), and wash it all down with a stein of Canadian, American or European ale.