Nestled in southern Ontario, Kitchener and Waterloo are scenic towns home to rich culture and stunning sights. With farmers' markets, renowned restaurants and microbreweries, and some of the world's best festivals, these towns are some of Ontario's greatest gems. When exploring the vibrant townships you can celebrate in luxury at the private estate venue, Hacienda Sarria.
What To Do
Celebrate at the Kitchner-Waterloo Oktoberfest: This annual nine-day festival in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo is known as "Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival" and holds true to its title! As the second-largest Octoberfest in the world this fest attracts nearly 750,000-1 million visitors every year. People come for the German beer but also the slew of cultural attractions such as the parade held on Canadian Thanksgiving and traditional Bavarian dancing. Touted as one of the most authentic Oktoberfest besides the one in Munich, this is something you don't want to miss!
Dance at The Kitchener Blues Festival: This notable blues festival is a four-day long celebration dedicated to over 90 different blues performances. Always held in August on the weekend following the civic holiday in Canada, the festival is something blues lovers wait for all year long! With four stages and two workshop stages throughout the Kitchener downtown area, the festival attracts a wide range of artists. Highlights of 2014 were The Otis Taylor Band, Delta Moon, Rick Derringer, and Swamperella.
Explore the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival: This two-day event takes place on the first weekend of the summer in beautiful Victoria Park. As its name suggests, the festival showcases artifacts, crafts, and different vendors from around the world. This popular festival has been around for well over 40 years with around 50,000 in attendance.
Shop at The Kitchener Market: This market is a testament to the town's culinary passion. For more than 130 years, the market, which spans an entire city block, has been home to diverse meats, fowls, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, and fruits. Because all goods are made my local artisans, you can find some unique goods only local to Ontario. The market is open every Saturday from 7am to 2pm.
What To Eat
For fresh and local tastes... Uptown 21 -- Located in Waterloo, Uptown 21 offers an ever-changing menu based on local and seasonal ingredients. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Nick and Nat, the restaurant has been a part of the culinary guide "Where to Eat in Canada" for five consecutive years. Make sure to stop in on Tuesday for their elaborate tapas menu that is always changing!
For an unique experience... Verses -- This fine dining restaurant situated in a former church offers an unique dining experience as well as best-in-class food. Dedicated to making everything in-house, including the ice cream and bread, they offer an authentic taste of southern Ontario. Quebecois influences are seen in their popular foie gras, cheese place, and wide array of Canadian wine options. You'll never forget the time you ate foie gras in a stunning church!
For an Ontario classic... King Street Trio Uptown Kitchener -- With its vintage pressed-tin ceilings, aromas of local fish, and dark wood accents, this restaurant embodies the Ontario culture. Known for their hand-cut AAA Ontario steaks, Lake Erie fish fillets with root vegetables, chilled regional oysters, and housemade pasta, this is a local favorite. Make sure to take a look at the open kitchen seating options and monthly cooking demonstrations!
For a fun indulgence... The Stockyards Smokehouse and Larder --This small fried chicken joint is consistently raved about by celebrity chefs and Yelp reviewers alike. They pride themselves as the modern day interpretation of the family BBQ joint and painstakingly prepare their comfort food classics. Their popular fried chicken is brined and marinated for 48 hours, making it completely worth the indulgence!
Where to Celebrate
Located in the heart of Kitchener Waterloo, Hacienda Sarria is a Spanish style estate offering luxury and class. Inspired by the architecture of Northern Spain this hacienda features fountains, brick detailing, elaborate stonework, wrought-iron balconies, and a stunning reflecting pool.
Because the estate is so grand and offers the best old-world amenities, it makes for the perfect place to celebrate weddings, notable events, and even corporate parties. Its interior spaces have just as much attention to detail at its facade and although grand, have a feeling of warmth and comfort.
This venue is set apart by its authentic portrayal of a Spanish hacienda, which incorporates both indoor/outdoor courtyards and a palatial ballroom. The reflecting pool offers an elaborate setting for weddings that is simply unparalleled by other venues.
The hacienda's staff is comprised of skilled planners that will make certain every detail is accounted for and integrated into the event. For weddings, brides and bridesmaids can enjoy a make-up and hair-styling session in the elaborate Bridal Suite. Plus, as part of the standard wedding package, the Hacienda offers a complementary breakfast or lunch for the brides and bridesmaids.
Exploring the surrounding Kitchener Waterloo area is just one of the many perks of celebrating at Hacienda Sarria. With group rates available for week stays, your wedding or celebration can include exploring the local towns of southern Ontario while staying at the palatial hacienda. You'll find the Spanish charm and romance to compliment the rich culture and vibrant scenery of Ontario.
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We could see a wide range of events taking place at Hacienda Sarria, from weddings to galas to large corporate parties, which do you think would work best with this unique venue?