About Us

Oktoberfest celebrates beauty, fashion and style

Each year Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest celebrates beauty, fashion and style at the annual A Blooming Affair Fashion show while showcasing the areas’ leading independent retailers. For over 41 years, A Blooming Affair has been the fall fashion event in Waterloo Region; featuring exciting fall fashions.

A Blooming Affair consistently attracts over 900 attendees each year. With the combination of a hardworking committee of volunteers and consultation with local fashion experts, we present an entertaining fashion show, the opportunity for guests to shop at the trendy Boulevard of Boutiques, and have a chance to win a great selection of prizes and gifts.

A highlight of our show each year is our raffle, with proceeds benefiting a local charity. In 2017, Children’s Witness Centre has been selected to be our charitable partner for the 2017 & 2018 events. For more information on Children’s Witness Centre CLICK HERE.


Letter From Our Chair

Spring has sprung, Summer is moving fast and the Fall
season is upon us. What’s not to love about September Issues, layers, boots and all things pumpkin spice? Though these are last year’s trends, the Fall 2018 runways will be anything but. Oversized outerwear, delicate and bold florals, iridescent fabrics… so much inspiration! As we head towards the 45thA Blooming Affair Fashion Show and
Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest’s 50th Celebration, we couldn’t be more excited.

I am continually thrilled year-after-year by the success and growth A Blooming Affair continues to see. Entering our 45th year speaks volumes to A Blooming Affair being not just the premiere fall fashion event in Waterloo Region, but truly the only fashion event of its caliber and size that brings over 800 attendees to meet and shop with our region’s leading independent boutique and fashion retailers.

A Blooming Affair has evolved from its roots in 1973, as a floral demonstration to a fashion show displaying 25-hand-made outfits. Those outfits were made by a volunteer still active with the committee today. We now boast a 100 ft. runway showcasing local fashions, 20+ shopping boutiques as well as gourmet food and beverages catered by
B Hospitality; creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience
hosted at Kitchener’s newest venue, LOT42. If there is one thing that I have come to know since my time as Miss
Oktoberfest, it is that the possibilities are truly endless to the ever blooming, A Blooming Affair Fashion Show.

Join us on Sunday September 30th, 2018 for the 45th
A Blooming Affair Fashion Show.

See you there!

Tara Hebblethwaite