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Foodie Friday: Five must-eats at Beau’s Oktoberfest

By Trevor Pritchard on October 4, 2013

I know when I think about Beau’s Oktoberfest, three things come to mind: locally-brewed beer, preventative hangover cures, and how much fun it is to say “Vankleek.” But one of the more underrated aspects of the two-day festival — at least, in terms of being the main reason people make the 90-km trek from Ottawa — is the amazing food selection.

We’ve pored over the list of nearly two dozen vendors from across eastern Ontario and come up with five “must-eats” at this year’s festival. Because as the Bible says, man (or woman) cannot live on beer alone, unless said man (or said woman) wants to suffer through a killer headache the next morning.

Pascale’s Ice Cream

On the menu:

  • ice cream sandwiches
  • beer hot chocolate and beer nuts
  • popsicles

Pascale Berthiaume makes some of Ottawa’s most decadent ice cream. Smooth, rich, and creamy, it’s become something of a must-try for visitors to the city. But did you know the Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef has served artisan hot chocolate, spiked with Beau’s seasonals, at Oktoberfest since 2010? Well, she’s at it again this year. Also on the menu: Beau’s beer ice cream sandwiches and her legendary beer nuts. A definite must-try. –Don Chow

The Piggy Market

On the menu:

  • grilled sausages
  • Beau’s-infused mustards

What does a Dutch boy know about Oktoberfest? If you’re Dave Neil, co-owner and operator of Westboro’s The Piggy Market, plenty! A beer aficionado, Neil has made it a tradition to spend the week leading up to the festival, preparing “Beaus’wurst” sausage and fixings. This year, lucky revelers can tuck into freshly grilled sausages in house-baked Night Marzen buns, served with “wet-hopped” kraut, a choice of five different kinds of Beau’s beer-infused mustards, and pickled peppers. The Piggy Market will also donate fifty cents from each sausage sale to a slow food project called 1000 Gardens in Africa. And if you’re participating in the sausage-eating contest, guess where the sausages are sourced from.–Don Chow

Schnitzels European Flavours

On the menu:

  • chicken goulash
  • chicken and pork schnitzel
  • Montreal smoked meat

Face it: unless you’re from there or are an international cigarette smuggling kingpin, you probably don’t get out to Cornwall very often. But the city of 46,000 on the shores of the St. Lawrence has a few of its own culinary hotspots, in particular eastern European eatery Schnitzels. Doesn’t a bowl of hot chicken goulash or a plate of pork schnitzel sound nice with a Roggenbier or a German porter? You already know the answer: ja, ja. –Trevor Pritchard

The SmoQue Shack

On the menu:

  • house-smoked chicken wings

The SmoQue Shack is my one-stop-shop in the ByWard Market for sweet, smoky goodness. Everything I’ve tried from this local foodie haven has been pure, meaty bliss, not surprising since they have their own in-house smoker. I’ve definitely got these guys and their house-smoked chicken wings on my “must-eat” list for Oktoberfest this year. –Yasmin Nissim


On the menu:

  • fried chicken

As far as I’m concerned, Union613 has a lock on Southern-inspired food in Ottawa. And while it might seem odd to pair food from the American south with Germany’s biggest shindig, the folks at Union will be doing just that — and it sounds like they’re on track pull it off. Their Bavarian fried chicken with spicy mustard is definitely on my hit list. –Chris Cline

Photos by JPDaigle, Trevor Pritchard, and klwatts via Flickr, and the SmoQue Shack’s website