I think at some point in history the Germans/Bavarians had a month like mine. They were totally done with September and they just said "Screw it! We Declare September Over EARLY. Let the OKTOBERFESTING BEGIN!" And henceforth from that point forward, those of us who are ready jump from September 21 into OCKTOBER. It's the German equivalent of February 29. Except in the case of OKTOBERFEST there are many days and nights which fall into a vortex of beer and food. And when you wake up, the world looks beautifully dressed up and ready for fall.
But yes, beer = immediate relax time and there's not better way to partake, in my opinion, then in a field in the middle of nowhere.
That's what Beau's Oktoberfest is. It's in Vankleek Hill Ontario (in fact you are so close to Quebec you can really hardly call it Ontario) and it's amazing because the beer is actually really really good. And the food is also amazing. Food, beer, outside... what's not to enjoy?
Except for the bus ride I have no complaints.
With the purchase of your ticket you get a free bus ride. Which is good because Vankleek Hill is located an hour outside of Ottawa. You might think the worst part of this would be 50 drunk adults who are all more then slightly motion sick crammed into child size school bus seats.
Nope that's not it. In fact it's the sitting behind a bus driver who is taking your group and hour out of the way of destination.
In my opinion I am world's BEST back seat driver. Because I just always know the better way to do it.
So imagine how MADDENING for me. I was in a socially unacceptable position and FORCED to hold in my comments, at the cost of 1 hour of drinking time.
Anyway as it turned out I should have said something because he went 45 minutes in the wrong direction. And everyone else by that point agreed with me. But it was too late at that point. we were lost.
Ah Vell. All's well that ends well. We just missed out on our collector stein. They were all sold out by the time we got there.
But we managed to get there so I guess no harm lost. And we had plenty of time left to partake in the beers. We just missed out on getting our collector stein. They were all sold out by 2 pm.
Here are some of my favourite shots of the day: