After two years of pandemic, the Oktoberfest des Acadiens in Bertrand is back in its classic form.
After being canceled in 2020 and being reduced to a benefit show in 2021, the Oktoberfest des Acadiens is back for a 13th edition in its usual format, which will take place from September 2 to 4.
On the main program, the two mega-shows, which will take place Friday and Saturday evening under the big tent located behind the municipal building. The Ontario metal band Finger Eleven, as well as the Quebec singer Trouble with her tribute to the star P!NK and the repertoire group The Ultimate Showband will host the Friday evening.
Vixen, an all-female 80s glam rock band, Quebec rock band Les Respectables and Landy Rose Band will be part of Saturday’s show.
Oktoberfest regulars Big Bad Party Band will perform on both nights between each change of artists on stage to provide music all night long.
During the weekend, there will also be family activities with the children’s corner with inflatable games and face painting, the washer tournament and the show by Rafi the Bootlegger.
There will of course be the big beer tasting, with nearly 100 products being showcased.
The head of tasting products, Josée Friolet, explains that due to the exceptional circumstances following the pandemic, the vast majority of the beers present will be local, coming from microbreweries in the region and from the Atlantic, such as Les brasseux d’la côte. in Tracadie, the Distillerie Fils du Roy in Petit-Paquetville, the Belliveau orchard in Memramcook and many more.
“It was better to make a selection from the Atlantic, to stay at home, to take advantage of the products that we have and to make them discover on a larger scale”, adds the organizer of the Oktoberfest Bernard Frigault. .
However, there will be a few imported products highlighted, mainly from Germany and Belgium, notably those from the Delirium brewery and the Lindeman’s brewery. Local products to taste will also be offered to accompany the beers offered.
For Bernard Frigault, this event is mainly possible thanks to the great support of the community. “It is certain that the sponsors help us a lot and the response is good. But above all, I find that we can count on the citizens, the community, the sense of belonging of a small village that welcomes a lot of people. Nearly 300 volunteers, it’s not nothing for a two-day weekend, it’s still quite big.