The spirit of Oktoberfest will be alive and well in downtown North Bay this weekend for Rocktoberfest, a northern spin on the famous German celebration.
An evening of food, drink, and live local music will rock the downtown on Main Street between Fraser and Ferguson. While the event is free for those who drop by, organizers are asking attendees to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the North Bay Food Bank.
“We’re really looking forward to this opportunity to give back to the community,” said North Bay Real Estate Board President, Irene Smit.
Rocktoberfest, which will be running on Saturday, October 14th, from 2 – 10 p.m., will see streets closed to traffic.
There will be outdoor vendors and a music stage, highlighting local artists.
Food and drinks are being taken care of by a variety of independent local restaurants including The Crown and Beaver where General Manager Derek Corbeil says that people will have the chance to try out unique off-the-menu food items as well as their staple and seasonal drinks while listening to a variety of live performances.
“The North Bay Food Bank plays such a big role in making our community a better place, so we thought we’d throw a great event for the city, showcasing some great local vendors and artists while also supporting our local Food Bank,” added Cheryl Raney, Chair of the Events Committee.
“We’re pretty excited to be offering some of our long-awaited seasonal brews, as well as our signature beers,” Brewmaster Mike Harrison from New Ontario Brewing Company said. “We’re looking to help bring the spirit of Oktoberfest to North Bay for this special event.”
Musicians will include Main Street Echo, Peter Cliche, David Dino White, and headliners Murder Murder from Sudbury.
Cliche is looking forward to Rocktoberfest showing off North Bay’s talent.
“Outside on Main Street is such a great venue for these performers,” he said. “And it’s events like this that really provide the lifeblood for up and coming musical artists in the area.”
The official after-party will be hosted around the corner on First Avenue at The Raven and Republic.
Watch Murder Murder play Movin' On below.