Oktoberfest Enterprises located at 6711 Woodwards Road, Richmond, BC is still selling Oktoberfest posters after all this time! These posters can be ordered now in 2017 by calling the company at 604 277-4300.
They have been Organizers & Decor Suppliers for over 40 years!
Recently I found a booklet at home from the Oktoberfest held at the b.c. place stadium (sic) in 1985. Back then, Hermann J. Riepl was the President of the “German Canadian Business And Professional Association of BC, which was found in 1961. Hermann writes:
“We would like you to take some time out from the hectic way of life to celebrate with us a Thanksgiving as it is done “back home”. The Munich Oktoberfest this year is 175 years old, it is known the world over not only as a beer festival, but also as a thanksgiving at the end of a busy year. We hope you will be able to join us and enjoy this weekend of fun at the BC Place Stadium, and if you like it, why don’t you make a note for next year’s great EXPO ’86 Oktoberfest.”
Wolfgang Christl, who was the Organizing Committee Chairman writes:
“I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our 1985 Oktoberfest celebrations. This year commemorates our 13th Anniversary and our festival brings together people from all walks of life.
The true Spirit of Oktoberfest comes from enjoying the food, the fellowship and the Gemütlichkeit that prevails at our weekend festival. Enjoy it to the fullest in our marvellous B.C. Place Stadium and it’s just great to know that you have that “true wunderbar feelings”.
Harold L. Little, who was Manager of the 1985 Oktoberfest writes:
“A vote of thanks to all for their cooperation in ensuring the professional and competent execution of Vancouver Oktoberfest 1985.”
The entertainment at the time was Peps Ammer and his Band:
High spirits and Oompa are part and parcel of the Peps Ammer Bavarian Brass band being flown to the Vancouver Oktoberfest by Air Canada. The same eleven, fun-loving band members have been together since Peps Ammer first founded the group, and their contagious good spirits have infected audiences all over Europe and Africa.
Peps Ammer and his band, as you’ll find, do a lot more. At Oktoberfest you’ll dance to the folk music of Bavaria – polkas, waltzes and marches. But even the contemporary tunes come through with an unmistakeable Bavarian bounce! The up tempo music of the accordion and brass players coax the most reluctant and even unsuspecting feet onto the floor. You’ll twirl, twist, hope and leap, and you’ll love every minutes of it.
The Oktoberfest Story
Since 1970 the German Canadian Business & Professional Association of BC puts an Oktoberfest on. First at the PNE Showmart Building and now at the BC Place Stadium. Last year (1984) some 12,000 people enjoyed the hospitality at the “Harvest-Festial” of the Bavarians. The biggest “tent” in the world an Oktoberfest is held.
How did it all start? When 175 year ago, Crown Prince Ludwig married the Sachsen Princess Therese, it was suggested to celebrate it on the large meadow before the Sendlinger Tower. Some 30,000 people came, while Munich had only about 40,000 inhabitants. First a horse-race and later an Agricultural Fair was included. Then came the places where fish and beer was sold. Also the entertainment was added in 1818. The Fair attracted some five million people in the last year, endings its 16 days always on the first Sunday in October. Now you can enjoy it here in Vancouver too, where many sausage-makers, bakers, importers have added their products to the Fairs offerings. This year (like in 1984) the only import beer comes from Dortmund, only large private brewery and a draft beer specialty for the Octoberfest is produced by Carling O’Keefe Breweries.
Please enjoy the good products available and have a pleasant time, and don’t forget next year we would like you at our EXPO ’86 Version of Oktoberfest, which could be even more days.
They call it “Fall Crawl”
Singer and accordionist Richard Tyce founded the S-Bahn Band in Vancouver in the early 90’s. With a diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn specializes in Oktoberfests (German) and other German events. Highlights include the “Fall Crawls” during which the S-Bahn tours the Oktoberfest circuit. Why the name “S-Bahn”? S-Bahn is the commuter train that connects cities in Germany with their suburbs. The S-Bahn connects people; it brings people together – through Oktoberfest – through traditional German dancing & traditional German music Too bad you can only see them in Victoria or Bradner in Canada. For all other events, you need to head down South.
Their website can be found here: http://sbahnmusic.com/about-the-s-bahn-band/
Sept 3: Missoula, Montana – Bayern Brewery Beerfest – 1507 Montana St
Sept 4: Missoula, Montana – Germanfest – Caras Park, 2 pm to 6 pm – free admission – sponsored by Bayern Brewery – more info to come
Sept 10 & 11: Snowbird Ski Resort, Utah – Oktoberfest
Sept 15 – 18: Mt. Angel OR Oktoberfest (Thursday to Sunday)
Sept 23 – 24: Kirkland WA (Friday and Saturday)
Sept 30, Oct 1 – Leavenworth WA
Oct 9 – 11 – Oktoberfest NW – Puyallup WA
Oct 14, 15 – Leavenworth WA
Oct 22 – Portland, OR – German American Day dinner and dance
– Sheriton Airport Inn – Tel: (503) 775 1585 for info and tickets
Oct 28, 29 – Victoria, B.C. Victoria Edelweiss Club Oktoberfest!
November 5, 6, 7, 8 (Saturday through Tuesday) New Braunfels, TX
November 19 – Bradner, B.C. – Bradner Beerfest
– inquire with S-Bahn for more info
Oktoberfest Enterprises, located at 6711 Woodwards Road in Richmond, BC has an assortment of new original “Bavarian & Anniversary Munich Oktoberfest” Roll Posters for sale.
They are $6.50 per item and are 24″ by 36″ or 2′ by 3′.
Oktoberfest Enterprises have been specialist Oktoberfest Event organizers and decor suppliers for the last 40 years!
In order to get your posters, please call 604 277-4300.
You need to pick up in person.
Oktoberfest Enterprises does not have a website or even a Facebook Page yet, and is still successfully providing items and specialty products directly from Germany! See their advertisement here:
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Visit Germany this fall and enjoy the Frankfurt Rheingau Wine Festival 2015 on September 2 – 11, 2015, the Oktoberfest celebration starting September 25th, or the National Harvest Festival on Sunday, the 4th of October 2015, or the Hamburg Winter Beer Festival on from the Nov 6 – Dec 6, 2015. Travel in a car, a truck or even a motorhome!
You could simply follow the The Rheingau Riesling Route and travel 70 km from Lorchhausen to Florsheim to check out the medieval castles, monasteries, churches and established estates – cultural and architectural wonders that you may have never seen before.
Here is the link to the Route: http://www.rheingau.de/wanderwege/rieslingrouten