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Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest to Roll Out the Barrel with new location for opening ceremonies


(Waterloo Region, Canada – September 26, 2019) – Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest will open to fanfare, friends and flowing beer in just 15 days, kicking off the 51st edition of Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival at a new location in Downtown Kitchener.
The Official Opening Ceremonies and Keg Tapping will move from its traditional location at Kitchener’s Carl Zehr Square to 70 King Street East, at the corner of King Street and Frederick Street. The new location will welcome thousands of Oktoberfest revelers as they celebrate the return of the nine-day Festival, and this year they can do it with a beer in their hand.
“Thanks to a partnership with the Downtown Kitchener BIA, we are excited to announce that our Official Opening Ceremonies and the Oktoberfest Willkommen Platz will once again include a Bier Garten in 2019,” said Tim Beckett, President of K-W Oktoberfest Inc. “The businesses of Downtown Kitchener have been incredibly supportive of our Festival and we have listened to those who want to see more activity in the downtown core. This is a great start to bringing Downtown Kitchener alive with Oktoberfest celebrations.”
The Willkommen Platz will return for two days on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12, and will feature a two-day concert series on the main stage after the Opening Ceremonies, Bier Garten, German bands and dance groups, free children’s entertainment, a vendor village with local artisans, authentic Bavarian food, and a midway with rides for the kids. The event will run on King Street from Frederick Street all the way down to Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

"It is an honour to partner with the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest again for the 2019 Willkommen Platz and Opening Ceremony celebrations,” said Linda Jutzi, Executive Director of the Downtown Kitchener BIA. “The businesses of downtown Kitchener are ecstatic to be a part of something so strongly rooted within the community, and to be able to see the festival come back to the core is truly amazing."

The Willkommen Platz is proudly sponsored by the Downtown Kitchener BIA, Momentum Developments, Zehr Group, Crabby Joe’s, Europro, LiUNA Local 837, DAVE ROCKS and is supported by Heritage Canada.

For a complete list of activities and a comprehensive listing of all Festhallen and their hours of operation, please visit the official Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest website at www.oktoberfest.ca

About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is Canada’s Greatest Bavarian Festival. The not-for-profit organization was founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener and Waterloo, Canada. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest annually provides $21.8 million of economic benefit to the community, while not-for-profit organizations associated with the festival raise funds each year for their causes. Hosted in the twin cities because of the strong German heritage, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrates German food, music, fashion, and more! The nine-day festival runs every October and is operated by six year-round full-time staff, over 450 volunteers, and 1,300 community and service club volunteers. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada. For more information visit www.oktoberfest.ca.
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For additional information:

Alfred Lowrick
Executive Director – K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 x222

Katie Owens


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