Over the course of two weekends, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza will be
transformed into the West Coast’s largest Germanic-inspired cultural harvest
festival, welcoming 1,200 revelers to nine seatings under the great Harvest Haus Halle
Beginning with a theatrical keg tapping by the Harvest Haus
Bürgermeister, each four-and-a-half-hour event boasts a fully immersive
atmosphere complete with medieval tomfoolery, swashbuckling swordplay
by Academie Duello, live Bavarian brass oompah and favourite party hits
by Vancouver’s “Oktoberators” on the central stage and the return of
internationally renowned DJ Erick Decks from Frankfurt, Germany.
Guests will also enjoy European beers in authentic ceramic Bierkrug (steins)
and specialty German wines at communal long tables. After working up an
appetite on the dance floor or in the games room with giant Jenga or
darts, everyone is invited to tuck into traditional Oktoberfest
delicacies such as Spätzle, Brezen, Bratwürst, Schnitzel and Sauerkraut
in the open-air Marktplatz (marketplace).
General Admission and VIP tickets range from $25 to $50 and will be
available on Wednesday, September 7 at 10 am at www.harvesthaus.com.
Partial proceeds to benefit Sole Food Street Farms’ transformation of
vacant urban land into artisan-quality growing plots.
On Sunday, Oct. 9, Harvest Haus will host the third annual Dueling Arts
as its Closing Gala featuring an eight-man rapier tournament, sabering
classes, live performances of selections from Vancouver Opera’s
upcoming Hansel and Gretel and an optional three-course feast with wine
pairings. Tickets to the Dueling Arts Closing Gala are $35-$85 and will
be available on Wednesday, September 7 at 10 am at www.harvesthaus.com.
IN BRIEF Harvest Haus Evening
Seatings: September 29, 30 & October 1, 7, 8: 6 pm
to 10:30 pm
Dueling Arts Closing Night Gala: October 9: 6pm to 11pm
Seatings: Saturday, Oct. 1 & 7: 12 pm to 4:30 pm Der Brunch:
October 9: 12 pm to 4:30 pm
Under the Harvest Haus Halle at Queen Elizabeth Plaza (West Georgia St.
at Hamilton St.)