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Keg tapped for the 53rd annual K-W Oktoberfest

During a ceremony at the local airport
KW Oktoberfest

The keg was filled with beer from Waterloo Brewing and it wasn't just Onkel Hans on stage to help with the keg tapping. 

Joined by local dignitaries were two special guests to help with spanking the spigot. 

Before that, Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic declared the 2021 K-W Oktoberfest festival officially open. 

"Welcome to the COVID-safe 53rd annual K-W Oktoberfest," he declared, "since 1969, Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest has developed its own traditions and has become the largest bavarian festival across North America," he said.

"Pre-COVID, thousands of visitors would celebrate annually in our festhallen and by attending one or more of our 40 family and cultural events including the much beloved annual Thanksgiving Day parade. The spirit of gemütlichkeit is alive and well during this COVID-safe 53rd edition of K-W Oktoberfest." 

Mayor of Cambridge Kathryn McGarry asked everyone to keep supporting local during the time of KW Oktoberfest and the local tourism sector. 

"Now is the time to help re-ignite our tourism sector in Waterloo Region by getting out to enjoy all that Waterloo Region has to offer with family and friends," she said, "let's all do our part to help bring back jobs and recover our economy. Also remember to help care for those in our community who are struggling and donate generously to our Waterloo Region Food Banks. Thank you. Here's to good times, good cheer and being back together in person next year. Prost!" 

Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky also in attendance to help kick things off where he's looking forward to our community coming together during the festival.

"I'm looking forward to all of the community spirit that K-W Oktoberfest has to offer. Our traditional fest halls, our microfesthallen are a great opportunity for German food and culture. Watch for the WunderWagen, so much to do safely in our community this time of year." 

As many shouted "eins, zwei, drei, spank that spigot, eins zwei, drei, spank that spigot" CEO of Flair Airlines Stephen Jones had to retrieve the mallet from the aircraft that Onkel Hans forgot about. 

"Wunder, I see you have the spigot there and Bar you've got the - Bar, where's the mallet?" asked Allan Cayenne, Director of Marketing for KW Oktoberfest. 

"Hansy, you had the mallet on the plane, where is it? Don't tell me you left it on the plane - oh no..." 

Tim Beckett, President of K-W Oktoberfest and Kim Mannerow, Director of Marketing from Waterloo Brewing also took part in the keg tapping. 

Frontline workers have been featured on the official 2021 KW Oktoberfest pin as the festival shows support to our healthcare workers. 

The festival is set to take place over the next three weekends and will close October 11. 

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