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The Vankleek Hill Fairgrounds viewed from the air during the 2016 edition of Beau's Oktoberfest.

Sold out Beau’s Oktinyfest will be held at the brewery October 1 to 3

Beau’s Oktoberfest is back on a smaller scale from October 1-3, but unless you already have a ticket for Oktinyfest you’re out of luck for this year’s celebration.

Tickets for the event, which will host visitors at the Vankleek Hill brewery in groups of 120 each over the three days, were sold out within minutes of going on sale in August. The festival will host one group on the Friday beginning at 5 p.m., two on Saturday at 11 a.m. and then again at 5 p.m., and the final group on Sunday will start at 11 a.m.

“We sold out within minutes,” said Beau’s Sales Manager Chris Stewart, of ticket sales in August.

Oktinyfest will be held outdoors on the large patio space at Beau’s, which will be expanded into the parking lot with extra tables. The event will respect all Ontario public health regulations, while the large space and limited attendees will allow for social distancing on the site.

The patio will be closed to the general public from Friday, October 1 through Sunday, October 3. However the taproom will be open for beer sales and locals will still be able to pick up their favorite brew at the brewery – perhaps to replicate the Oktoberfest event at home.

The event will feature live music, including traditional German Oktoberfest music and two live bands playing at each session. The Sticky Cow will be providing food service at Oktinyfest and will be offering Bavarian-style items from its on-site barbecue.

Stewart said being able to host a small event on-site at the brewery is an upgrade over 2020’s virtual online festival and everyone at Beau’s is looking forward to a full Oktoberfest at the Vankleek Hill fairgrounds in 2022.

“That’s what we’re hoping – (Oktinyfest) is a little sign of hope, as last year we just did online events,” Stewart said. “This year we are bringing it back on a much smaller scale, but it’s back.”

You can see the full musical lineup and schedule for Oktinyfest on the Beau’s website.

Reid Masson

Reid Masson is a graduate of Algonquin College's Journalism Program. He has over 20 years of experience as a staff writer and editor for various newspapers across Canada, including The Ottawa Citizen and Brockville Recorder and Times.

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