Wurst restaurant patrons were dressed to impress at the annual Oktoberfest celebration. The festival took place over three weekends, starting on Sept. 14th and ending on the 28th.

Despite its appointed name, Oktoberfest is traditionally held in September. Maria Mendelman, the event’s director at Wurst, says they try to stick with the German schedule.

“Oktoberfest starts in September, which a lot of people don’t know. It has to do with the king of Bavaria, who many years ago had his daughter’s wedding in October and started Oktoberfest in September and so it continues,” says Mendelman.

Last September, Wurst restaurant, along with brewing company Steam Whistle, and guests grab their lederhosens and get into the spirit of Oktoberfest. Video by Madasyn Kost

Wurst has partnered with Canadian brewing company Steam Whistle for over five years and say the festivities are only getting better.

Ben Taylor, a Steam Whistle sales representative for Edmonton, says the brewing company is perfectly suited for Oktoberfest.

“We identify with all things German, we make our beer in accordance to the Bavarian purity laws, we are European inspired and we make a good sessional beer,” says Taylor.

The three-week celebration included traditional German dinners, live music, a stein holding contest and a German techno night, which was added this year.

Although celebrations have concluded at Wurst, the restaurant continues to give Calgary a taste of Germany all year round.  

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Editor: Rose De Souza rdesouza@cjournal.ca