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Oktoberfest celebrates beer, brats and lederhosen

 | September 24, 2012

As the September evenings cool and the leaves start their colour descent into winter oblivion there’s a group behind the Sun Peaks scene putting the final touches on a new event that’s sure to anchor itself as a cornerstone event in the resort.

On Saturday, September 29, Sun Peaks will host its first authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest. While there have been small beer, brat and pretzel type functions in the past, this event is set to stand apart.

Spearheaded by local German/Canadian restaurateur Peter Ernst, the 2012 Oktoberfest is a collaborative effort between Ernst, Sun Peaks Resort and Tourism Sun Peaks and it’s scheduled to fill the event gap that plagues local businesses each fall.

“It’s really perfectly situated to not only be a great event but to fill a much needed time space in the resort calendar,” said Ernst. “We’ve always wanted to have something during the fall season and this fit perfectly.”

Originally held to honour the marriage of Germany’s Prince Ludwig and Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, an “Oktoberfest” parade took place for the first time in 1810 and has been running in Munich, Germany since. Now a 17 day festival celebrated by over five million people annually, Oktoberfest is truly a global festival.

While pictures of ample busted Frauleins slinging huge steins of beer to thousands of drunken revellers comes to mind upon the mention of Oktoberfest, the first Sun Peaks event will be somewhat less of a spectacle than the original.

“We’re going for a true Bavarian Oktoberfest in every sense for our first time, but a little scaled down. We’ll have traditional Bavarian food and good German beer and music from Alpen Express,” said Ernst. “We hope that this event will take off and eventually other businesses and partners can come on board so one day we can have a full blown, resort-wide Oktoberfest here at Sun Peaks. It’s a perfect fit for our community and this hopefully is just the start.”

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