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Kitchener- Waterloo Oktoberfest Receives Top Honours From Industry Peers.

 

(Waterloo Region, Canada - March 6, 2017) - Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest received top honours from the festival industry again this year, marking the continued success of the festival as one of Ontario's marquee events.

The 2017 Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO) Achievement Awards were announced March 3 at FEO's Annual Conference Celebrating the Past, Igniting the Future in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was recognized with two awards including the "Best New Festival or Event" award for the Füsstoberfest Human Foosball Tournament event held during Thanksgiving Weekend in Carl Zehr Square in Downtown Kitchener.

Füsstoberfest is a life size human Foosball Tournament played inside of inflatable fields where teams compete for soccer supremacy. Players also get a full day of Oktoberfest themed fun with live entertainment, great Bavarian food and a LARGER THAN LIFE sporting event like no other. Special thanks to event sponsors Downtown Kitchener BIA and Canadian Tire for getting behind the event and for helping to make it bigger and better in 2016.

"Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest strives not only to be one of the top festivals in the country, but also to ensure that we are constantly creating events that are appealing to the local community," says the festival's Executive Director, Dave MacNeil. "We have worked hard over the last couple of years to build our Sports portfolio and Füsstoberfest has been one of our most popular events. It promotes athleticism, team work and fun not only for the participants, but for the spectators as well. We look forward to seeing how big the event can get over the next few years."

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was also named among the Top 100 Festivals and Events for 2016, an honour it has held every year since the Award was created in 2001. In addition to the Top 100 designation, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest was once again named a "Festival of Distinction"; a title shared with only 19 other festivals and events across the province, which have international draw and represent the leaders of event innovation, operation and longevity in Ontario.


About Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest

Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest is a not-for-profit Bavarian festival founded in 1969 by a group of volunteers committed to contributing to the social and economic vitality of Kitchener-Waterloo, Canada twin cities with German heritage. Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival celebrates German heritage, food, music and festivities and is supported by more than 50 not-for-profit organizations. The festival is operated by eight year-round full-time staff, over 500 volunteers and 1,300 Community and Service Club volunteers that stage the nine-day festival each October promoting a unique German cultural experience. As well as the $22.2M economic benefit the festival gives the local economy during the international festival, over $1.5 million is raised each year by the not-for-profit organizations associated with Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest, one of the top three most recognized event brands in Canada.


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For additional information:

Dave MacNeil
Executive Director, K-W Oktoberfest Inc.
519-570-4267 ext. 222
davem@oktoberfest.ca

 

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