German Heritage

You may recall the German Heritage Display at the 40th Anniversary Expo. This was the most recent major project this committee undertook; however, they have some exciting initiatives planned this year and a new exciting focus and direction. The German Heritage Committee plans to be the “go-to” group for all other committees looking to add that extra authenticity or “Oom-pah-pah” to their event.

With lots of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest experience to go around, the committee wants to really promote German history and heritage to those who come to Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest but lack the information and familiarity. By the time our guests leave, they should come away with some sense of what it is to celebrate Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and its authentic German/Bavarian traditions!

The first initiative you will notice is an increase of information, made available through the website. In the “German Heritage” section (under “About Us”) they will be updating all the German Clubs information and include more information on their role within Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. There are plans to add sections dedicated to the food, music, language, collectibles and Tracht that give Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest its flavour. This information is aimed at those attending who have no German background or knowledge, and will help them get the feel of the event before they even arrive. Also in this vein, similar information will be made into a pamphlet, highlighting the history of the German clubs and their role in the festival to provide a distinct local perspective.

During the festival itself, the committee will be displaying an exhibit of German Steins as a way of featuring the collectibles around German Heritage. The location will be announced shortly! The committee is also working closely with the Family & Cultural Events – Community Partnerships Committee on the Oktoberfest Preview to make sure it has that Bavarian flare. For example, last year they incorporated a Trachten fashion show. Look for more examples this year. The German Heritage Committee is also working closely with the Schools Program to update and improve the German Heritage portion of the program.