Raise your Steins this October
Munich, Oktoberfest is a beloved autumn tradition in Kitchener — and Bingemans has been a part of the experience since 1968. Home to the largest festhalle, Kool Haus, Bingemans is looking to outdo themselves once again for the 2018 celebrations.
“Over the years we’ve been listening to what our guests want and are aiming to provide the best experience for everyone,” says Mark Bingeman, President of Bingemans. “This includes making our tents bigger, adding another tent and expanding our beer selections. We’re really excited about this year’s Oktoberfest events.”
Here are some tips to help make the best of your Oktoberfest experience:
• Learn how to prost
A big part of Oktoberfest is beer and steins (or cans) will be full throughout the event. As they did last year, Bingemans will be featuring local craft breweries along with traditional German beer. Waterloo Brewing, Canada’s first craft brewer, will be serving their beers, including a special 50th anniversary Festbier. Two craft breweries will be chosen from eight possibilities through an online vote and will be the feature craft brews at the events. But it wouldn’t be a true Oktoberfest event without German beer. Guests will have the opportunity to try Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner brews as well.
• Plan Ahead
There will be alcoholic drinks flowing all night, so make sure you have a ride home planned. Use public transit, cabs, ride sharing apps or a designated driver. Anyone who needs to leave a vehicle overnight is welcome to do so in their free parking lot. You can also book a camping package to stay right at Bingemans or check out hotels in the area that are only a few minutes away.
• Come Hungry
There will be an abundance of Bavarian food choices for guests to enjoy. The Sausage Shoppe is the place to grab a sausage on a bun while the Schnitzel Haus offers pigtail mac & cheese balls, schnitzel, cabbage rolls and apple strudel. Another option is to get a ticket for Bingemans’ annual Bavarian Feast. Guests will enjoy traditional Oktoberfest food, exclusive entertainment and express access to the festhalles.
• Treat Yourself
Up your Oktoberfest game and buy tickets for one of the two VIP lounges being offered this year. The Jägermeister Lounge offers a spacious and comfortable lounge area for you and up to five friends, VIP entry into Oktoberfest Kool Haus, cocktail service and your very own bottle of Jägermeister to share. The Wunderbar Lounge gives guests express VIP entry into Kool Haus, full access to private lounge experience, access to private bars and a private VIP washroom all night.
• Set your Alarm Clock
Every year CHYM 96.7, 570 News and COUNTRY 106.7 joins Bingemans for an Oktoberfest family tradition – the free Oktoberfest Family Breakfast. From 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 6th, guests can indulge in free pancakes and sausages.
Oktoberfest will once again be held over two weekends with events on Friday, October 5th, Saturday, October 6th, Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th. Tickets can be purchased online and will give guests guaranteed admission into both Kool Haus and Paulaner Haus until 8 p.m.
Waterloo Region’s leader in entertainment and hospitality, Bingemans is a multi-use amusement park, campground, conference and event centre and catering service located in Kitchener, Ont. With a heated wave pool, Spray “n” Play for kids and huge waterslides, Big Splash Waterpark is a great spot to cool down in summer’s heat. Explore FunworX all year long, a three-level indoor playground for children of all ages, boasting an arcade, climbing wall, ropes course and more. The camping resort features 450 sites for tents, trailers and RVs, seasonal camping, yurts and cabins. Bingemans is also home to Canada’s largest Boston Pizza, 28 lanes of 10-pin bowling at Kingpin Bowling, billiards, ping pong, outdoor beach volleyball, three food trucks and outstanding banquet and catering facilities for your business or wedding needs. Celebrate North America’s largest Oktoberfest celebration at Bingemans’ Kool Haus and experience Canada’s most terrifying attraction, Screampark.