Oktoberfest is a German tradition of eating, merrymaking, and getting wasted off of great beer. We're a long way from the Oktoberfest home country, but that shouldn't limit your celebrating. If you don't know much about the holiday, read on to find out how you can party like a Bavarian, and take part in the world's largest Volkfest (people's festival).
First things first: find an Oktoberfest party. This really isn't very hard. BEC is throwing OktoBECfest at Sid Lee this Thursday, where MTL Blog will be partying. A little farther out is Beau's Oktoberfest 2013, or the Kitchener-Waterloo celebration which is the largest outside of Germany. If you want to keep it a little more low key, certain bars, like Ye Olde Orchard, will be having smaller celebrations. Or throw your own Oktoberfest themed party. No matter where you celebrate, just get into the drinking spirit.
Beer is integral to any Oktoberfest celebration, so if you're a beer hater or a sober-Sally, maybe this isn't your kind of festival. To all functional alcoholic readers, now is the time to rejoice. Beer will be flowing like water at any proper Oktoberfest, and most feature some awesome micro brews along with more mainstream beers. Just be sure to pace yourself, because you don't want to become a bierleichen (beer corpse) for your friends to take care of.
Wear some liederhosen
If you love party costumes, and can't wait for Halloween, Oktoberfest has some pretty good costume options, equally slutty and hilarious. Guys can get away with wearing stockings paired with leather shorts and suspender, known as Liederhosen. Gals can get decked out in a 'dirndl,' a basic dress with a gathered waistband. Top it all off with a Tirolerhute, a Bavarian hat with a piece of goat hair attached. Okay, the hat is a little intense, but everything else is fun, festive, and leaves a lot of room to get sexy.
Get hungry for pretzels and sausages
Food is a huge part of Oktoberfest, nearly on par with the beer. Traditional Oktoberfest eats include: sauerkraut, potato salad, red cabbage, soft pretzels, and succulent sausages. You gotta keep your energy levels up with something, and Oktoberfest has more than enough salty, savory, and sweet treats to keep you going.
Become immersed in the culture, and have fun
Beer, food, and costumes are all great ways to have a true Oktoberfest experience, just don't be shy to participate in other festival activities. Challenge yourself with a few drinking games, like a beer keg tapping competition or an empty keg toss. Watch or take part in many of the parades that go on at larger venues. Learn a traditional German chant or drinking song. No matter what, just have a good time.
Did we miss an integral aspect of celebrating Oktoberfest? Are you incredibly pumped? Let us know in the comments below.
But don't expect a typical Montreal Pride Parade complete with vehicles, floats, dancers, and all the usual festivities. According to a press release, the current health context does not allow for a traditional parade.
However, Montréal Pride says holding a march "returns to the roots of the Pride movement by handing back the public space to participating communities," specifically focusing on amplifying the voices of diverse sexual and gender communities that were "made close to invisible" during the pandemic.
"The first demonstration in favor of the Montréal 2SLGBTQI+ communities’ rights was held in 1979, organised by the Pink Brigade [...] with 52 marchers participating," said Jean-François Perrier, interim director of the Montréal Pride Festival, in a statement.
"It is therefore with great pride that we confirm [...] a unifying activity open to all that will allow the advocacy and community aspects of the festival to shine."
The Pride March will take place on August 15 and will depart from Jeanne-Mance Park at 1 p.m.
MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.