Oktoberfest coming to downtown Vancouver with 2014 Harvest Haus

No, this isn
No, this isn't Vancouver but Germany – revellers in Munich celebrate Oktoberfest in 2012, in one of the city's many famous beer halls.
— image credit: Wikimedia Commons (author Valerii Tkachenko)

That infamous German aroma – the sweet smell of hoppy, rich but somehow still fluffy beer – is coming to Vancouver this October.

Or rather, Oktober.

The Queen Elizabeth Plaza, the same spot of December's Bavarian-themed Christmas Market, will host the Harvest Haus from October 2-5, a Canadian taste of the super long tables and authentic European fare that has made Germany's Oktoberfest the apple of the beer drinking world's eye.

The first-year event will start with an Opening Night on Thursday, October 2, continuing with two days of afternoon and evening sittings before concluding with a brunch on Sunday.

The Harvest Haus will be held under a tent and each attendee will be given a drinking stein "to amplify the Bavarian feel," reads the company's website:

Steeped in global traditions, the inaugural Vancouver Harvest Haus joins together camaraderie, authentic European harvest traditions and theatricality with a simple goal: merriment to all. Inspired by Oktoberfest, driven by a love for local ingredients and good drink, this event immerses attendees in an interactive story of the harvest, from ancient days to modern times. And it all takes place under a big top tent.

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza can hold up to 1,000 people and tickets go on sale September 5.

Tickets are $25 each for general admission, which gives you four hours seating in the Oktoberfest tent and access to Bavarian musical performances, all of the event's European-themed food stalls, and the Harvest Haus Halle.

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