Sausages, sauerkraut, beer and community

›› Phoenix Bain

The annual tradition of Oktoberfest returns to Oaklands on Saturday, ­October 14th. Now in its 4th year, the annual event has established itself as a must-attend ­community gathering in Oaklands.
The evening celebrates the many ­traditions of Oktoberfest from beer to delicious food to music to the chicken dance, while gathering the neighbourhood together to raise funds for the Oaklands Community Association Community ­Dinner program.

The Community Dinner program offers home-cooked, by-donation dinners to the young and old of the community on the last Sunday of the month. We bring together people to share food and meet neighbours, getting to the heart of why sharing food is part of the human story. Funds raised allow us to purchase a variety of food, source our menu as locally as ­possible, and maintain this as a by-­donation program. Through funding, we are also able to increase the diversity of our menu and explore different cultural traditions through food.

Each year for Oktoberfest, David Pritchard from Camosun College ­Hospitality Management program brings his crew of students to prepare a ­delicious meal sourced from local ­butchers, ­bakeries, and food producers. Hoyne Brewing ­Company will once again share their draught choices and local musicians Bučan Bučan, the Aaron Watson Trio, and Peter Wilks bring us the traditions of music and dance.

Join us at the Oaklands Community Centre to eat, drink, and Prost (cheers) to create a sense of belonging, and ultimately celebrate our community.

Tickets are $20 in advance and ­available at the Oaklands Community Centre, by phone at 250-370-9101, or online at ­ Find out more about the Monthly Community Dinner at ­oaklandscommunitycentre.­com.