Beau’s Natural Brewing Company hosts a rollicking Oktoberfest for the whole family, delighting guests of all ages with myriad events and activities while raising funds for the Canadian Red Cross, Good Food Revolution, and the VKH Agricultural Society. A speaker series helmed by internationally acclaimed beer experts keeps hops scholars abreast of sudsy subjects, and the seven varieties of Beau's beer on tap and other craft brews from Ontario and Quebec keep bodies at proper beer-homeostasis levels. Noshers can nibble through the bevy of Bavarian-inspired comestibles forged by local restaurants, and family units can partake in Teutonic revelry at the kinderfest as they work through their fears of laughter with DooDoo the clown and paint pumpkins to look like slightly oversized basketballs.
In the early 1900s, a small dairy farm occupied the land where the award-winning cabaret-restaurant Ferme Rouge now stands—but the mooing of cows has long since given way to the vibrato of singers and the smooth notes of saxophonist Jason Scott. Today the lively tunes of Las Vegas–style musical revues pay homage to the likes of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, and performers such as Boom Desjardins and Marie-Chantal Toupin have taken the stage for stunning solo performances. Before or while watching the troubadours, guests feast on à la carte entrees ranging from filet mignon and new york strip steak to lobster and Atlantic salmon. These dishes balance on the arms of waiters who double as performers in the shows, which often boast a cast of 20 on Saturday. Diners can also serve themselves at a buffet that tempts tongues with more than 25 varieties of seafood, taking a bit of everything instead of consulting their magic 8 ball to decide on just one entree.
Rivalling the seafood buffet and stage for guests’ attention, a 1/2-scale replica of Columbus’s Santa Maria docks beneath the chandeliers of the cabaret’s maroon-walled and wood-panelled dining room. Commissioned from Seville to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s journey, the ship sprawls into the second floor and attic and is functional enough to sail across Poseidon’s bathtub if given the chance.
Natural light floods Iron Empire Gym’s workout space, which is populated with a weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and machines to work out every muscle in the human body. Treadmills, stair climbers, and ellipticals also fill the space to accommodate cardiovascular requirements.