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Ompah! It’s Oktoberfest

Posted by Amanda

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Fall=Oktoberfest=craft beers!  This annual celebration happens far beyond the Bavarian capital of Munich, Germany. Although called Oktoberfest, the festivities & tapping of kegs began mid-September.  For the occasion,  breweries around town are promoting seasonal brews at this time of year including those made with pumpkins!  Whether you go Oktoberfest-ing decked out in a traditional dirndl outfit, here’s the backstory of Oktoberfest along with tips & tricks on how to pour the perfect draft from any keg wherever you are in the world.

Oktoberfest in Germany – from 1810 to today…

The legend goes that as of 1810 when one Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig celebrated his wedding all the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event.  This big party became an annual event. The beer tents that we know today didn’t start until the late 1890s then came along fun-fairs that are a mainstay in any German Oktoberfest celebration.  Since the 1800s, Oktoberfest is now considered the largest festival in the world…and is celebrating its 180th year!
Here’s some fantastic photos of this year’s celebration in Germany.

This 16-day festival runs from late September to the first weekend in October. It’s certainly got an international flavor that is characteristic of the 21th century with some 6 million visitors from all around the world converging into 14 beer halls each year.  Our own Savvy Sommelier Debbie Trenholm took part in Oktoberfest in Munich a few years ago…although we haven’t been able to pry pictures of her dancing on tables with huge mugs of beer!


Celebrating Oktoberfest in Ontario

Here in Ontario we know how to celebrate Oktoberfest like the Germans do!  There are plenty of festvals around the province – the most famous being Oktoberfest in Kitchener Waterloo as it is named as ‘Canada’s largest Bavarian festival’ and it holds claim in being the largest Oktoberfest in North America with 16 Festhallen (beer halls) and over 40 Family and Cultural Events, there is something for everyone.

Ommm-pa-pah! In Ottawa, there are 5 Oktoberfests – that should keep you busy! Oktoberfest Ottawa showcased lots of entertainment & family fun…oh and beer of course. Local craft brewery Beau’s All Natural is hosting its 5th annual Oktoberfest this weekend.  Even Sparks Street had its own festival – GO OTTAWA!

With so many great craft beers brewed right here in Ontario, there are loads of reasons to crack a cold one. For a list of what’s going on around the province check out Ontario Craft Brewers.





Hurry! Our Savvy Seat Sale is over May 1 at midnight…

Posted by Debbie

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Our Savvy Event calendar in May is overflowing with Ontario wine, artisan cheese and craft beer events. We don’t want you to miss any of these fun nights out!

We’re having a Savvy Seat Sale!

Buy online before the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday May 1st and save $10 off any ticket to our Savvy Events in May. Simply click on the event link and quote PROMO CODE: SAVVYSALE

Hurry! There’s limited seating and special pricing ends on Tuesday May 1 at midnight.

Join us at one event or come to them ALL – with each ticket purchase, you’ll save $10 off the regular ticket price.


May 2Ontario Artisan Cheese Tasting with our Cheese Sommelier Vanessa Simmons – she will show you the ‘whey’ with plates of locally made cheese. Named as one of Ottawa’s ‘Must do events’ – only 6 seats left!
Savvy Seat Sale: $50 (reg $60)


May 9 – An Ottawa first: County in the City wine tasting featuring over 15 winemakers and winery owners from Prince Edward County who will be serving their best wines from ‘The County’. Sip, sample + stock up on new favorite wines from The County.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)


May 15Craft Beer 101 ‘class’ featuring local brews. Our most popular beer tasting event. Join us at Ottawa’s own Kichesippi Beer Co to learn the lingo, pour a perfect pint + taste an array of brews – all made in Ottawa. Homework never tasted this good!
Savvy Seat Sale price: $50 (reg $60) – only 8 seats left!


May 30 – All 28 wineries from Niagara-on-the-Lake are hitting Highway 401 and traveling to Ottawa to showcase 56 Wines from One Unforgettable Place . Taste + try wines that are perfect for summer sipping. Buy them directly from the winemaker – you won’t find these outstanding wines at the LCBO.
Savvy Seat Sale price: $45 (reg $55)

Can’t decide which Savvy Event to attend?
Buy an all inclusive ticket for these 4 Savvy Events at a SUPER SEAT SALE price of $180 (save $50).

Have you already purchased tickets to a Savvy Event this May? No worries. We’ll give you a credit for the difference in ticket prices to apply to an upcoming Savvy Event. All ticket prices include HST.

This Spring Seat Sale is a Savvy first. Hop on online to buy your tickets and join us for delicious discoveries of Ontario’s best wines, artisan cheese + craft beers.

We look forward to seeing you this month at Savvy Event.

The Savvy Team

PS – Looking for a reason to travel? Here’s our recommended getaways:

May 26Terroir – A County Wine Celebration – All Prince Edward County wineries are under one roof for this special festival – a perfect way to sip your way around Canada’s fastest growing wine region – only 3 hour drive from Ottawa + Toronto!

June 1 to 3 – Love cheese? You’ll love the Great Canadian Cheese Festival . This delicious weekend in Picton offers loads of opportunities to learn + explore that Canadian cheese is more than just cheddar!

March 9 to 31, 2013 – Pack your bags + join Debbie Trenholm on a one-of-a-kind trip to “Taste your way around Australia” . Cooking classes, winery visits, fine dining, boutique hotels + outdoor market trips to meet Australia’s cheesemakers, olive oil producers + chocolatiers – and this is just a start! Check out the itinerary + grab your passport!

Fine print: Savvy Seat Sale does not apply to these out of town getaways.

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