Bavaria in Quebec and Canada

Oktoberfest des Québécois

Every September since 2006, the "Oktoberfest des Québécois" contributes to building cultural bridges between the two regions' popular traditions. Local microbreweries, food producers and artisans get along in a unique atmosphere. Numerous Quebec artists, but also traditional Bavarian music, provide dance and joy galore under the big tent. The microbrewery “Les Trois Mousquetaires” brews a special “Oktoberfest” beer for the occasion, available for sale in several Quebec locations. The Oktoberfest des Québécois: exotic decoration, traditional costumes, kids' activities, beer and food tastings, and fun for the whole family!

German Christmas Market in Quebec City

Organized by the German Community Quebec, in partnership with the City of Quebec, the German Christmas Market is an event featuring Bavarian Advent traditions. In small wooden houses, artisans and local food producers offer their products and creations. Traditional Bavarian Advent products such as Lebkuchen (soft ginger bread) and Glühwein (hot spicy wine), a heart-warming musical atmosphere – everything invites visitors to take a trip overseas as they enjoy the event in the square of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Oktoberfest in Kitchener

The Waterloo region in Ontario is among those that welcomed the most German immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1969, the Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo was born and became the biggest Oktoberfest worldwide outside Munich. From 75,000 visitors in 5 days the first year, attendance has since reached about 1 million visitors in 9 days. The Thanksgiving Day Parade is the only important parade of its kind in Canada, and is broadcast from coast to coast.

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