Decorating Main Street in Tatamagouche is always one of the highlights during Oktoberfest. Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual event at the end of September, which celebrates German traditions. File photo
TATAMAGOUCHE – Thousands of people are eager to celebrate Oktoberfest next month.
The 34th annual event, held in Tatamagouche, will take place
on Sept. 27 and 28. Hosted by the North Shore Bavarian Society, this Oktoberfest is the largest in Atlantic Canada, and attracts more than 3,000 people every year to celebrate the worldwide German tradition.
There will be plenty to see and do during the weekend-long event. The North Shore Recreation Centre will be transformed into a colourful Bavarian-style dance hall where partygoers can dance to the music of two live bands, The Variations and The Alpine Echo. In addition, there will be Canadian and German cuisine and refreshments including domestic and German beers, wines, spirits and schnapps.
Also, the Village of Tatamagouche will celebrate Oktoberfest with decorated businesses and other activities in the community, including suppers, breakfasts and quilt sales.
New this year for Friday Night’s beer garden, there is a cover charge of $5 at the door. The Saturday afternoon event has been sold out. Saturday evening’s Oktoberfest tickets are $20 and are available through www.ticketatlantic.com and at Balmoral Motel, Tatamagouche; Fulton Pharmacy, Tatamagouche and River John;
Mingo Music Sales, Truro; and The Pork Shop, Denmark and New Glasgow.
The North Shore Bavarian Society is a non-profit, multi-cultural society of volunteers. Last year, roughly 150 individuals from the community were involved. In addition to the spinoffs from this annual event and economic benefits, about $10,000 last year alone went back into the community to individuals, organizations, groups and the clubs that workers represented.